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10 January 2019

Presentation to winner of Cumbria Children’s Book Week competition

Cumbria Children’s Book Week is held in libraries across the county in October each year. The theme for 2018 was ‘Superheroes,’ and in addition to various events and workshops in libraries across Cumbria, children were also invited to enter a fun art competition - ‘Design your own Superhero.’ 

The competition was open to all children in Cumbria, with three age categories - 7 and under, 8 to 11, and 12 and above.  The library team received hundreds of entries. A winning entry was selected from each age group in each of the six district areas to win a £25 book token and to be entered in to the judging for one overall county prize.

Judging took place last week by local artist and photographer Claire Griffel. Despite a difficult decision due to the fantastic entries, Claire was able to choose one overall county winner - Chloe Kelly, aged 7 from St Catherine’s Catholic School in Penrith.  

The prize is a workshop for Chloe and her classmates with Nigel Dobbyn, a professional artist and book illustrator (whose previous work includes Angelina Ballerina, Mr Bean and Thunderbirds).

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Local Communities said:

“I am delighted that so many schools and children were able to take part in this year’s Cumbria Children’s Book Week - reading is a brilliant way to stimulate the imaginations of our little ones, and develop their skills and interest in all sorts of subjects. The competition entries were superb, and I’d like to say a big well done to all of the winners and everyone who took part.”


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The winner of Cumbria Children’s Book Week held in libraries across the county in October each year will be presented on 18th January.