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Competition 2019

The competition is now closed. Our judges are busy choosing the winners, check back here soon to find out who's won!

The Children’s Bookshow and Carousel offer you a chance to win a signed copy of a book from each of the 16 writers and illustrators in this year’s Bookshow. Plus £200 of FREE books for your school library.


This year's Judge

We’ve asked writer and illustrator Neal Layton whose inspirational picture book The Tree teaches us about the importance of preserving our environment and our wildlife to judge our competition.

More about Neal Layton

What do I have to do?

What Neal would like you to do is to write a story and illustrate it too with drawings made with coloured pencils, crayons, paint, felt tips, whatever you have to hand. The story could illustrate the beauty of our natural world, and the birds, fish, animals and insects which live in it. If it could show why we need to protect our world, and how we might do that, so much the better, but it’s all up to you. Write about what you know and love about nature.

How to enter

You must be resident in the UK and fall into one of these two age categories:

  • Under 8 years old
  • 8-11 years old
    You must include the following information:
  • Your name
  • Your age

Send your entries to:

The Children's Bookshow

9A Peploe Road



Closing date:

Saturday, 30th November 2019

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.
The winners for each category will receive a signed copy of a book by each of the writers and illustrators plus £200 of books for their school.


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