National World Book Day Competiton

Posted on 20 Mar 2017

The Prep was recently selected as one of the runners-up in the World Book Day Awards, judged by a panel headed up by bestselling children’s author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. This year’s competition challenged entrants to create a display based on the theme of ‘a world of stories’.

Miss Walton came up with the idea of putting Prep pupils on the front covers of books as a way of making them the characters inside. She then called on the help of local illustrator Holly Bushnell to turn her idea into reality with the support of pupils.
The result was an unusual and eye-catching display which clearly captured the imagination of the judges who also included fine artist Sam Winston, Arts Editor of The Times newspaper Alex O’Connell and World Book Day Director Kirsten Grant.
Children at the Prep were told about their awards success at an assembly on World Book Day this week, when they were all dressed up as their favourite characters from fiction. The school’s prize included signed copies of an Oliver Jeffers print and the recent A Child Of Books collaboration between the author and Sam Winston which is a homage to the power of stories.
Headmaster, Mr Webster, commented: “I am delighted at the school’s success in this prestigious national competition and would like to pay tribute to Paula, Holly and all the pupils involved.
“World Book Day is all about celebrating books and finding fun ways to encourage children to read for pleasure, and the enthusiastic way our pupils got involved in this event clearly shows that it achieved these objectives.”
Oliver Jeffers added: “It was incredibly difficult to choose between all the fantastic responses we received. Each entry was crafted with passion and imagination, and the panel loved seeing the types of stories that are engaging children today.”