The Children’s Bookshow Competition!

The Children's Bookshow Competition

The Children’s Bookshow and the Times Educational Supplement
offer you a chance to win:


Jo Empson
We’ve asked wonderful writer and illustrator Jo Empson whose books are published by  Child’s Play and Puffin to set you a creative challenge that will inspire you to get writing and drawing. 

So pick up your pencils, crayons, coloured pencils, felt tip pens, paints – whatever you’d like to work with – and put your thinking caps on.

Jo will be waiting to choose the winning entries.


Each autumn, the Children’s Bookshow tour includes some of the very best writers and illustrators from around the world, so autumn is a very exciting time for us, full of colour and wonderful stories.

Competition chimp

Jo would like you to write and draw an animal based story in which you write a story about an animal or bird either going into hibernation or migrating. It could be any animal or bird, and you can make up your own imagined one if you like!

Before you begin, have a think about what migration or hibernation might mean for your character, how it might make them feel, and what they might experience. You might like to look at some pictures, photos, or lots of books before you start to get you going.

The story could be long or short, funny or serious, it’s up to you. Jo’s looking forward to seeing your entries and choosing the winners.

There are 2 categories for the competition:

  • Under 8 years old
  • 8-11 years old

To submit your entry please send it to:
The Children’s Bookshow PO Box 72032 London NW6 9TD

You must include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • The name of your school

The winners for each category will receive a signed copy of a book by each of the authors in this year’s tour plus £200 worth of books for their school library. 

The two runners-up in each category will each receive a signed copy of Jo’s latest book, Chimpanzees for Tea and her book Little Home Bird together with a signed print of Little Home Bird as prizes.

The closing date for the competition is November 30th 2016.

Entries received after this date will not be accepted.


To be eligible to enter you must fall into one of the age categories above and be resident in the UK.
As a budding writer, would you – and this includes your teacher too! – like to practise your skills and think about reviewing for the TES?  If so, just send a note to and you could be asked by the TES to write a book review for a recently published book for them which would appear on their website.  Have a look now at:
to see what’s involved.  Put Book Review in the subject line.


Terms and conditions:Instructions form part of the rules.  Only UK residents aged 11 and under may enter.  The closing date I November 30th 2016.  The winning entry is the one judged to be the best and the judge’s decision is final.  No correspondence will be entered into.