BOOK PEOPLE REVEALS CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN AS HEAD JUDGE OF 2017 BEDTIME STORY COMPETITION

  • TV star set to front campaign encouraging entries to second edition of nationwide Bedtime Story competition
  • Book People will once again ask children to create a picture book of 200-800 words for a perfect bedtime read
  • Claudia will host with a live video event on Book People’s Facebook page on 19 July
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    Leading direct bookseller Book People has revealed that one of the UK’s best known broadcasters, Claudia Winkleman, will be the head judge for its latest Bedtime Story competition. Accompanying Claudia on the judging panel will be broadcaster and children’s book author, Christian O’Connell and top illustrator Alison Brown.
     
    The nationwide competition challenges young authors aged between five and 11 to create a picture book on the theme of friendship. The winner will become a published author, with their book illustrated by Alison Brown, and published by Little Tiger.
     
    This summer the competition returns with Claudia Winkleman fronting the campaign to encourage primary school aged children to create their own stories on the theme of friendship. The Strictly presenter will host a live video event with illustrator Alison Brown on Book People’s Facebook page on Wednesday 19 July, and will lead the judging panel that picks the overall competition winner.
     
    The Bedtime Story competition is now in its second year, and follows the June publication of London schoolgirl Isabel Harris’ book, The Moon Man, which won the inaugural contest after being chosen from more than 1,000 entries last year. Since going on sale on 1 June, the book has also become Book People’s fastest selling title of 2017 so far.
     
    On becoming head judge for this year’s Bedtime Story campaign, Claudia said:
    I’m delighted to be involved in Book People’s fantastic Bedtime Story competition. I have always made a special effort to instil a love of books in my children, and encourage their imagination and creativity through reading and writing. This competition is a brilliant chance for children to let their imaginations run wild and immerse themselves in a fun and exciting project. I can’t wait to help encourage lots of kids to get involved and see the stories they create.
     
    Speaking about his involvement in this year’s campaign, Christian O’Connell said:
    I’m really looking forward to being on the judging panel for the upcoming Bedtime Story Competition. Having my own children’s book published was an amazing moment in my career, so to be able to be involved in helping a budding young author have their work come to life makes this a brilliant project to be a part of.
     
    Sarah Walden, Book People Group Buying and Merchandising Director, commented:
    We’re very pleased to launch Bedtime Story competition once more with Claudia and Christian on board as our ambassadors. We were blown away by the quality of the writing and imagination shown in last year’s Bedtime Story competition and we’re looking forward to making this year’s version even bigger and better.
     
    Book People will launch 2017’s Bedtime Story Competition on 10 July with entries open until 2 October this year. To register your interest in entering this year’s competition please visit thebookpeople.co.uk/bedtimestory.

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