The Children’s Bookshow Competition!


The Children’s Bookshow and The Independent offer you a chance to win:

A signed copy of a book
by each of the 9 authors in this year’s tour!
Plus £150 of free books for your school!

We asked brilliant poet Rachel Rooney to set you a creative challenge that will inspire you all to get rhyming. So pick up your pencils and put your thinking caps on. Rachel will be waiting to choose the winning entries.


Just send it to us by November 30th 2015 for a chance to win our fabulous prizes.

There are 2 categories for the competition:
Under 9 years old
9 - 11 years old

Rachel would like your poems to be written on the theme of Light.

The poem can be about anything to do with light. It can be about the sun or the stars, about a fire, a candle, a firefly, a light bulb or maybe even a lamppost.

Before you begin, have a think about where light comes from, what it can do, how it makes you feel and the ways it can be useful. You may want to look at some pictures and photographs to help you.

The poems can be short or long, funny or serious. They can come in the form of a shape poem, a riddle, a list poem, a personification poem or something else - it’s up to you!

Your poem doesn’t have to rhyme. It’s more important to choose your words carefully and include interesting ideas that will make your poems really shine out.

To submit your entry please email your poem to:

The Language of Cat

You must include the following information:

  • your name
  • your age
  • your address and telephone number
  • the name of your school.

Alternatively, you can post your entry to:
The Children's Bookshow, PO Box 72019, London NW6 9SL

The winners for each category will receive a signed copy of a book

by each of the 9 authors involved in this year’s tour PLUS £150 worth of books for their school classroom or library.

The two runners-up in each category will each receive a signed copy of Rachel’s The Language of Cat and My Life as a Goldfish.

The closing date for the competition is November 30th 2015. 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.

The Independent

This competition will also appear in the Education pages of The Independent.

Terms and conditions:

Instructions form part of the rules. Only UK residents aged 11 or under may enter. The closing date is November 30th 2015. The winning entry is the one judged the best and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.