Competition 2022

Enter this year's competition for the chance to win a meeting with the brilliant poet and national treasure Michael Rosen in the National Poetry Library!

In partnership with The Week Junior, the magazine making sense of the world for 8-14 year olds, and the National Poetry Library, The Children's Bookshow is running a competition in which the winner will travel to the National Poetry Library in London to meet with the wonderful writer Michael Rosen. Michael's latest books include On the Move: Poems about Migration illustrated by Quentin Blake, and Rigatoni the Pasta Cat, illustrated by Tony Ross - Michael will give the winner a signed copy of each of these books. The winner will also get a signed copy of each of the poetry books featured in the Children's Bookshow autumn 2022 programme, plus £200 of FREE books for their school library.

Rachel Rooney

We’ve asked poet Rachel Rooney to judge our competition. Rachel's poetry books include The Language of Cat, My Life As A Goldfish, and more recently Hey Girl, illustrated by Milo Hartnell and published by Otter Barry Books.

More about Rachel Rooney

What do I have to do?

This year's theme for National Poetry Day on 6 October is The Environment, and we'd like you to write a poem about nature. It could be about the countryside, plants, trees or animals, your garden, your local park. It's up to you! The poem can be any length and any form, it can rhyme or not, you decide. Just send it to us by 30 November for the chance to win this very exciting prize.

How to enter

You must be resident in the UK and be under 11 years old.
You must include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your age

You can send in your entries by email to OR

Send your entries to:

The Children's Bookshow

9A Peploe Road



Closing date:

Wednesday, 30th November 2022

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 prize is for two adults and one child sharing a hotel room for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis and return train travel to London. The winner will meet Michael Rosen in February 2023, at the National Poetry Library, thanks to Chris McCabe, National Poetry Librarian. The winner will also receive a signed copy of each poetry book featured in The Children's Bookshow autumn 2022 programme, plus £200 of books for their school.

Six runners up will win a copy of Michael Rosen's Mustard Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy and On the Move: Poems about Migration both illustrated by Quentin Blake.