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Overall Winner of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2017

We are thrilled to announce that The Monkey who Learnt his Lesson by Indi (age 10) from Fairways Primary School in Leigh on Sea, is the overall winner of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2017.

Indi has done incredibly well to win the competition, which saw over 1,000 picture book entries from children around the UK and internationally. The standards were incredibly high this year.

We would like to thank our sponsors who make the competition possible, including publishers Walker Books, Templar, Macmillan Children's Books, QED, Frances Lincoln and Hachette Children's Books.

Judge Neal Layton said The Monkey who Learnt his Lesson was a worthy winner and he had chosen it "mainly because of the way the story was told through text and image with such an individual and coherent voice".

As well as a set of 50 printed copies of her winning book and a set of ten books for the school library, Fairways Primary School has won a free author event.

Our judge, Neal Layton, said it was one of the most difficult competitions he has had to judge because of the standard of all the entries. He said, "What I was looking for was not only a good story, and illustrations, but also some sense of the authorship of the child; I really wanted it to feel like it had come from them, and had the mark of their individual personalty on it."

You can download each of the winning picture books and see the full shortlists in the following sections.

We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to Neal Layton for judging this year's picture book competition and for making what must have been very tough decisions in choosing the final winners.

We would also like to thank all the children and students who took part in the competition and who shared their wonderful picture books with us.

Finally, we would also like to extend a special thank you to all the teachers and staff who supported the children in taking part in the competition.

All the schools that entered picture books into the competition will receive a certificate and letter about their entries.

21/06/2017Overall Winner of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2017