Secondary Award Winner

We are delighted to announce that Frida the Feisty and Friendly Fox by Lucy from Colston's School is the winner of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition - Secondary Category.

The Runners-Up are Alex Snowball for You Can't have One without the Other (home educated), and Sarah's Fireflies (Wreake Valley Academy).

Also commended was What's Underneath My Bed by Natalia from the British School Alzira.


Judge Rachel Bright said of the winning entry, Frida the Feisty and Friendly Fox, "VERY beautiful and accomplished illustrations - you have employed some great changes in viewer perspective to add drama and intrigue (I loved the illustration of Frida in the clearing from the air) and you really captured the creatures. I really enjoyed the story as well - a great message told skilfully. I loved that you tested it on your family too! Well done - A very well deserved category winner."

You can download the PDF of the winning picture book, Frida the Feisty and Friendly Fox, below.


You can't have One Without the Other by Alex Snowball 'What a great story! So unique and different. I think you could be a professional writer one day! Such a lot of work on the illustrations too but most importantly a great idea. Well done.'

Fireflies by Sarah (Wreake Valley Academy)
'These were amongst my favourite illustrations - so distinctive and different. You were the only one in the whole competition to choose to draw on a different paper. Keep drawing everyday as you have a wonderful talent. Well done!'


What's underneath by bed by Natalia and Carla (British School Alzira)
'I loved the message and the beautiful calligraphy style typography. A great story well done.

To follow are the remaining titles shortlisted for the Secondary Category, with Rachel Bright's comments about each of the picture books shortlisted:

Dear Grandma by Combeton Sixth Form Group
'Really lovely and original illustration style and a heart-warming story - great teamwork. Well done!'

Dog Diary by Volney (Wreake Valley Academy)
'I love the ducks! Loads of energy and fun in this story - Well Done!'

Winstone's Adventure by Harriet (Saint Cecilia's C of E School)
'I liked the story a lot and your drawings are full of energy. Great compositions too! Well done.'

What Goes Around by Joshua (Saint Cecilia's C of E School)
'You were the only one to use photography in your story which is really unique. This made it fell almost like a comic book, which was refreshingly different. I looks like you had a lot of fun making the book. Well done.'

Wish Poems plus linocuts by St John's RC High School Group
'There are some really powerful poems in this collection and as a printmaker, I really loved that you chose linocuts to make your illustrations. What a wonderful collection of creativity. Well done.'

26/06/2018Secondary Award Winner