Children's Laureates will pick the winners
As part of the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children's Laureate, BookTrust is launching a "Reading Spaces" competition for schools. The competition is sponsored by school library designer BookSpace.
Lauren Child, the current Laureate, is backing the venture. "One question I am often asked is how you get children to read," she said. "If they don't have easy access to books that is a real issue. School libraries and reading spaces are so important because there are an awful lot of children that don't have books at home. The really wonderful thing about a library is that you have a chance to choose the book yourself and hopefully have someone on hand to curate and recommend books. This competition is a very special opportunity."
The competition invites primary school children to share their ideas of what the best reading space in a classroom would look like. Child and past Laureates Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen, Anthony Browne, Julia Donaldson, Malorie Blackman, and Chris Riddell will select the winning designs. Their top three schools will win reading corner sets for their classrooms; the top 20 will receive the Laureates' selection of books, including the new anthology Flights of Fancy: Stories, Pictures and Inspiration from Ten Children's Laureates (Walker); a further 100 highly commended schools will receive two copies of Flights of Fancy, one for the child who created the school reading corner idea and one for the school.
Morpurgo (Laureate from 2007-2009) said: "It's difficult to find a quiet place in a school. But so important to have a place that is peaceful where you can lose yourself in a story, and go somewhere else and be someone else, without interruption. Noise always interrupts dreams. And you want the best dreams to last and last."
Further details at www.booktrust.org.uk/childrens-laureate.