All I have to do is put the badge up on my blog until Dec 31st. But I thought this deserved a full post.
"The Little Tiger Press Young Writer and Illustrator Awards 2010, sponsored by PriceMinister, are designed to encourage reading and creativity in children from an early age. This national competition aims to promote a life-long love of reading, writing and illustrating.
As well as the tips, games and activities being made available on this site [Young Writers and Illustrator Awards 2010] during the course of this competition, the downloadable pack you receive upon registering contains ideas for inspiring children to write and illustrate, to make it fun, and to build their confidence. When they are ready the children can then look at the stories and illustrations from our published authors and illustrators [...], and start their own work, taking up the baton to become the authors and illustrators of tomorrow!"
I think this is a wonderful thing, getting kids to write and illustrate their own stories. The winner will fell that pride in being albe to call him or herself a winner. They'll be shown how fun reading can be.
In a world where technology has taken over (It has even taken over me, I cannot spend a day without checking my inbox), I feel kids are forgetting that there are other things, more adventures out in their gardens and up on their trees than in a computer, fighting against something unreal.
That is why, for the rest of the year, you'll see the contest badge up here.
Go to www.childrens-books-award.co.uk for more information.