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What Makes You Smile? Competition 2020

The results are in!

The Children’s Bookshow and Tes are delighted to announce the winners of our What Makes You Smile Competition. Back in September we asked ten of the best, prize-winning children’s book illustrators from around the world to illustrate what makes them smile - you can see their pictures here. Following this we launched a competition asking children to create their own piece of art showing what makes them smile. We had a fantastic response with over 300 entries from across
the country. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Key Stage 1 category

Mason Toon aged 7 at Moira Primary School

Runners up:
Sidra Karim aged 4 at Earlham Primary School
Dexter Askwith aged 6 at St Catherine’s RC Primary School

Key Stage 2 category

Aoife Kirk aged 10 at Wallacestone Primary School

Runners up:
Maxime Serafoy aged 9 at L’ecole de Battersea
Lucy Walker aged 9 at Woodbridge Primary School

Our judge Jessica Souhami loved seeing all of the children’s work and found it very hard to make a final decision. She said: “WOW! What a response to the competition. It was difficult to choose winners. Most children drew what they loved: family, pets, friends, the countryside. Some drew what they liked to do: swimming, walking, playing Minecraft… Some wished for special things: two wonderful pictures of cars,
being an astronaut, meeting dinosaurs, an amazing picture of flying through the air on the tail of a magnificent bird. One or two offered advice: have a cup of tea, appreciate what you have. There was some wonderful artwork. BUT in the end I chose pictures where you could actually feel the smile on the artists’ faces.”

The winner of each category will receive £150 of art materials and £200 worth of books, by the illustrators taking part in this project, for their school library.

Key Stage 1 WINNER

Mason Toon (Aged 7) Moira Primary School

The winning entry by Mason Toon

Key Stage 1 RUNNER UP

Sidra Karim (Aged 4) Earlham Primary School

The winning entry by Sidra Karim

Key Stage 1 RUNNER UP

Dexter Askwith (Aged 6) St Catherine's School

The winning entry by Dexter Askwith

Key Stage 2 WINNER

Aoife Kirk (Aged 10) Wallacestone School

The winning entry by Aoife Kirk

Key Stage 2 RUNNER UP

Maxime Serifoy (Aged 9) L'ecole de Battersea

The winning entry by Maxime Serifoy

Key Stage 2 RUNNER UP

Lucy Walker (Aged 9) Woodbridge Primary School

The winning entry by Lucy Walker

'What Makes You Smile?' Children's Work Gallery

All the entries were fantastic, take a look at a few more in our gallery of Children's Work:

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We're running a competition in conjunction with Tes as part of our What Makes You Smile? project.

Supported by Tes

Jessica Souhami

Our judge is the wonderful children’s books writer and illustrator Jessica Souhami. Jessica used to tell stories with puppets, but then decided to create picture books instead. Her illustrations are made of collages of brightly coloured paper and brilliantly bring to life some of the stories that people have been telling one another for hundreds of years.

Jessica's books always make us smile!

She is published by Frances Lincoln and Otter-Barry Books.

More about Jessica Souhami

What do I have to do?

All you have to do is make a picture of what makes you smile. You can use any art materials you like - pencils, crayons, paints, coloured pencils, felt tips, or you could even make a collage with coloured papers. If you need some inspiration, look at the world around you, or you can look at the illustrations that our artists have created.

The winner from each age category will receive:

  • a selection of top quality art materials worth £150 to inspire a budding artist
  • a copy of Tell Me A Picture by Quentin Blake
  • Beautiful picture books worth £200 for their school library.

The winning entries will be displayed on The Children’s Bookshow website and social media and on the Tes website.

Two runners up for each category will each win a copy of Tell Me A Picture by Quentin Blake.

Age categories:
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2

How to enter

You must be resident in the UK be aged between 5 and 11 years old:

You must include the following information with your entry:

-Your name
-Your age
-The name and address of your school
-Your Key Stage

Email an electronic version (either a scan or photo) to

or send the hard copy :

Send your entries to:

The Children's Bookshow

9A Peploe Road



Closing date:

Friday, 30th October 2020

Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Terms & Conditions

Instructions form part of the rules. The winning entry is the one judged to be the best and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be announced on 1st December 2020