The Children’s Bookshow Competition!

The Children's Bookshow Competition

The Children’s Bookshow and the Times Educational Supplement
offer you a chance to win:


Bruce Ingman
We’ve asked wonderful writer and illustrator Bruce Ingman, whose books are published by Walker Books, Andersen Press and Puffin to set you a creative challenge that will inspire you to get drawing and writing.

So get your thinking caps on, Bruce will be waiting to choose the winning entries!




One of Bruce’s favourite writers with whom he works is Allan Ahlberg. They worked together on their marvellous picture book The Pencil.

His pencil had some hair-raising adventures, but his quick thinking finally saved the day! So why don’t you get out your pencils, as well as felt tips, crayons or paints and create an exciting adventure of your own starring a brand new pencil character?

As well as your pencil, you could also put yourself in your story and even your family and friends.
It’s completely up to you. It can be short or long, though not too long! It can be funny or serious, you choose.

Before you begin, you might like to have a think about where your pencil comes from, and what might have happened to it before it came to you… To get you going, why not have a look at Bruce’s books, in your library perhaps?

Or it might be helpful to look at some pictures, photos or any other number of brilliant books to give you some ideas.


You must fall into one these two age categories:

  • Under 8 years old
  • 8-11 years old

You must include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • The name of your school

Submit your entries to:
The Children's Bookshow, Bookshow Competition
PO Box 72039 London NW6 9TN

The closing date for the competition is November 30th 2017.
Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

The winners for each category will receive a signed copy of a book by each of the authors in this year’s tour plus £200 worth of books for their school library.

The teachers of the two winners will also receive a 3 year subscription to Carousel magazine which is packed with independent reviews and varied, in-depth articles to keep you up-to-date with the world of children's books and to inspire a love of reading.

The two runners-up in each category will each receive a signed copy of Bruce’s latest book, The Hole Story and his The Runaway Dinner.

As a budding writer, would you – and this includes your teacher too – like to practise your skills and think about reviewing for the Times Educational Supplement? If you would, just send a note to and you could be asked by the TES to write a book review for a recently published book for them which would appear on their website. Have a look now at: to see what’s involved. 
Put Book Review in the subject line.


Terms and conditions:
Instructions form part of the rules.  Only UK residents aged 11 and under may enter.  The closing date is 30.11.17. 
The winning entry is the one judged to be the best and the judge’s decision is final.  No correspondence will be entered into.