Create a Picture Book

  • Competition Guidelines

    Here are the Guidelines for entering your picture book into the competition, including categories, age ranges, how to lay out your picture book(s) and where to send your picture book entry(s).

    Dates

    The ReadingZone Picture Book competition will run from January to Friday 23rd April. The winners will be announced in June 2021.

    Categories

    The Create a Picture Book Competition is open to schools, libraries and homes, and we welcome international entries.

    Categories include Young Creators (4-7 years), Primary (7-11 years) and Secondary (11-18 years). We also have an Achievement Award, for a setting that has clearly embraced the competition.

    Format

    Picture books can be made individually, in groups or as a class, and using any media. They can be up to 24 pages, portrait style (A4), and on any subject.  Children can use any media to create them.

     

  • How to Enter the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition

    We're so looking forward to seeing your picture books!

    Each picture book entry will need to have a printed Entry Form attached, so we can easily identify who has sent it.

    Please complete the details in this online entry form, and print it out before pressing 'submit', so you have a copy to attach to your picture book entry.

    For multiple copies, you only need to include the school / home school or library details, and print out the form; entrants can add their first name, age and the title of their picture book to each copy.

    Please send your picture books, plus entry form, to:

    ReadingZone
    PO Box 590
    Betchworth
    Surrey
    RH4 9HQ

Resources

  • Getting started on your Picture Book  (Part 1)

    Getting started on your Picture Book (Part 1)

    In this short video, Mini Grey gives her tips on how to collect characters and situations for starting your picture book.

  • Getting started on your Picture Book (Part 2)

    Getting started on your Picture Book (Part 2)

    In this second video, Mini Grey explains how to organise the pages of your picture book, showing how to 'storyboard' your picture book, and she reminds us of the importance of the 'blurb' and having a strong cover.

  • Top Tips from Mini Grey

    Top Tips from Mini Grey

    Mini Grey gives her Top Tips for creating your own picture book, from how to get started by collecting 'ingredients' for your story, asking 'what if', how...
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