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ReadingZone Picture Book Competition Winners!

23rd Jun 19


Author and illustrator Steven Lenton has selected the winners of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2019, and we're delighted to share the winning picture books - and overall winner - with you!


OVERALL WINNER:

We are thrilled to announce that Strange Objects by Freddie (Davidson's Mains Primary School), which won the Primary Award in the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition, has been announced as the overall winner of the competition.

Steven Lenton said of the winning entry:
"The thought and detail in this book is phenomenal, there is something new to spot every time you read it and you really feel for the characters plight. A sophisticated blend of a moralistic, topical subject entertainingly presented."


CATEGORY WINNERS

YOUNG CREATORS (4-7 years)

WINNER

How to Deal With A Bugly-Whump
By James Marshall
Paddock Wood Primary School

Steven Lenton said: "I loved that this book was part story and part Bugly-Whump Manual - very clever and VERY funny!"

1st RUNNER UP

Finny's Angry Book
By Tristan
Milton CE Primary School

Steven Lenton said, "Clever use of words and symbolic illustrations by Tristan and the idea of a book or diary to help deal with emotions is terrific."

2nd RUNNER UP

The Chair Monster
By Oliver Clatworthy
Leafield Primary School

Steven Lenton said, "Random, hilarious and shows great promise for more a new Monster-based world!"


PRIMARY (8-11 Years)

WINNER:

Strange Objects
By Freddie
Davidson's Mains Primary School

"The thought and detail in this book is phenomenal, there is something new to spot every time you read it and you really feel for the characters plight. A sophisticated blend of a moralistic, topical subject entertainingly presented."

1st RUNNER UP

The Life Changing Letter
By Nadia, Zaria, Maryam C, Abram and Sum
Blue Gate Fields Junior School

"I LOVED these illustrations and the photographs showing how you made them - what a fantastic team effort! A dramatic and important story to share, thank you."

2nd RUNNER UP

Special Child
By Ganesh
Woodlands School

"Bold, colourful and life-affirming stuff - I could imagine this with even more pages and colours!"


SECONDARY

WINNER:

To Be Grateful Is Key
By Ruby and Bea
St Cecelia's C of E School

"What a beautiful and cleverly laid out story. So much thought and detail has gone into this book and I think everyone can identify with the characters in this story, showing us we must never take anything for granted."

1st RUNNER UP

Oh No The Squirrel!
By Ada and Phoebe
Wyedean School & Sixth Form

"This book is brilliantly bonkers and absolutely NUTS! Bold, bright, comic illustrations really help bring the fun story to life - a breath of fresh air well done - more Squirrel stories please!"

2nd RUNNER UP

A Place Called Anywhere
By Quinn and Levi
St Cecelia's C of E School

"A calming, peaceful and very thoughtful poetic piece that makes you stop, breath slowly and think. Beautiful work."


ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

WINNER

Pig in Trouble
By Otter Class
Eastfield Infant and Nursery School

Our judges said of your books, "What beautifully-produced picture books, with such imaginative stories, well done all the children at Eastfield Infant and Nursery School. Your picture books covered such a range of subjects, from runaway apples and adventurous princesses to missing crowns and growing seeds. We can't believe you managed to think up such dramatic, thoughtful and surprising stories, and your illustrations for your stories were full of emotion, action and colour."


You can read the full shortlists, below, and download each of the winning picture books from their section.

Congratulation to all our winners, runners-up, shortlisted entrants, and all those who took part.

Creating a picture book is no easy task and we were hugely impressed at how creative and inspiring young people's work can be. Well done to all those who took part - look out for your letters and certificates in the post!

A huge thank you to the publishers who have supported us this year - Macmillan Children's Books, Walker Books, Little Tiger Press and Quarto Children's.


SHORTLISTED PICTURE BOOKS

READINGZONE PICTURE BOOK COMPETITION
YOUNG CREATORS SHORTLIST
(4-7 YEARS)

How to Deal With a Bugly-Whump
By James
Paddock Wood Primary School

Finny's Angry Book
By Tristan
Milton CE Primary School

The Hedgehog's Day at the Market
By Hedgehog Class
Eastfield Infant and Nursery School

Pig In Trouble
By Otter Class
Eastfield Infant and Nursery School

The A Team 3
By Andrew
Acorns Primary School

Scary Cool Monster
By Aaron
Acorns Primary School,

The Chair Monster
By Oliver
Leafield Primary School

Marwell Zoo
By Preschool Children
Little Sunbeams PreSchool, Mayfield Secondary School



READINGZONE PICTURE BOOK COMPETITION
PRIMARY SHORTLIST
(8-11 YEARS)

The Little Explorer
By Beech Class
Petworth CE Primary School

Special Child
By Ganesh
Woodlands School

The Tale of Tottle
By Zoe, Anya and Millie
Heathfield House School, London

That's Not True
By Courtney and Izzy
Heathfield House School, London

I Quit
By Golden Eagles
Martin Wilson School, Shrewsbury

The Life Changing Letter
By Nafis, Zarin, Maryam C, Akram and Sum
Blue Gate Fields Junior School, London

Strange Objects
By Freddie
Davidson's Mains Primary School, Edinburgh




READINGZONE PICTURE BOOK COMPETITION
SECONDARY SHORTLIST
11 – 18 YEARS

Sammy the Shy Monster
By Amber
Individual Entry

Finding a Friend
By Abi
Burton & South Derbyshire College

A Place Called Anywhere
By Quinn and Levi
St Cecelia’s C of E School

To Be Grateful is Key
By Ruby and Bea
St Cecelia’s C of E School

On No the Squirrel!
By Ada and Phoebe
Wyedean School & Sixth Form

Sheep Can't Dance
By Victoria
Hill Top School, Gateshead



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