Are you Britain’s top storyteller?

27/01/2012 by Ed Wood

Cressida Cowell and Julia Donaldson are on the hunt for a remarkable teller of children's stories

World Book Day – which takes place on 1 March – has teamed up with two of the country’s best-loved children’s writers, Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and celebrated author Cressida Cowell, to find the UK’s first Storytelling Superstar: someone who has that extra element of charm and passion when reading aloud to a young audience.

Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, and Cowell, of the How to Train Your Dragon series, are encouraging any parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, teachers or librarians who can bring their stories to life using voice, actions and games, to submit their videos.

Donaldson said: “All children love being told a story, and a good storyteller can transport his or her listeners into a different world. It's a wonderful way of stimulating children's imagination, helping them to understand themselves and others and to become the avid readers and the storytelling superstars of the future."

Cressida said: “There are so many wonderful storytellers hidden away in homes, schools and libraries across the country. It’s about time we celebrated their exceptional talents and I’m incredibly proud to act as a judge for Storytelling Superstar.”  

Sue Jones, The Reading Agency’s Programme Manager for Young People, who will be joining the two writers on the judging panel said: “Good reading starts early and research shows that children who share a book with others are more likely to develop language skills and advanced reading levels. Libraries across the country will be supporting Storytelling Superstar – it’s the natural place to look for books to inspire children.”

The winner of Storytelling Superstar will be announced to the nation on World Book Day and will receive the prize of £250 worth of children’s books from National Book Tokens.

For more details on the competition and how to submit your entry, visit the World Book Day website and follow the instructions on how to upload your clip. Entries close on Sunday 12 February 2012

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