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 13 authors in this year’s tour!
Plus £150 of free books for your school!

We asked brilliant writer and illustrator Jessica Souhami to set you a creative challenge that will inspire you all to get drawing. So pick up your crayons and pencils and put your thinking caps on. Jessica will be waiting to choose the winning entries.


Jessica asks you to pretend that you’re a travelling storyteller. Choose your favourite fairy tale or folk tale, for example Cinderella or The Three Little Pigs and set it in an extraordinary place.

  • It could be under the sea, or on a distant planet, or in a magical kingdom.
  • You may travel in time, to the distant future or back to the time of the dinosaurs.
  • Retell your fairy tale or folk tale to suit its new home.
  • Tell your tale in pictures and in words. It can be in a picture book or comic book format.
  • It can be any length and size and you can use any drawing and colouring materials.
  • Your tale can be any length, very short or long – not too long!

Just send it to us by November 30th 2014 for a chance to win our fabulous prizes.

There are 2 age categories for the competition:
Under 9
9 to 13

To submit your entry please email your tale to:

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  72011, London NW6 9SA.

The winners for each category will receive a signed copy of a book by each of the 13 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 Jessica’s new book The Strongest Boy in the World published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

The closing date for the competition is November 30th 2014. 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 IndependentThis competition will also appear in the Education pages of The Independent.


Terms and conditions:

Instructions form part of the rules. Only UK residents aged 13 or under may enter. The closing date is November 30th 2014. The winning entry is the one judged the best and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.