World Book Day (WBD) is teaming up with National Book Tokens to launch a children’s illustration competition.
To enter the Oodles of Doodles competition, which launches Monday 9th January, children and teenagers are being asked to design a new National Book Token to mark this year being the 20th anniversary of WBD.
A winner from each of the three age categories - 8-years-old and under, 9-12 and 13-16 years – will win £200 worth of National Book Tokens for themselves, as well as £200 for their teacher and £500 for their school, and one overall winner will have their design turned into a book token.
The winning artwork will also be displayed in an online gallery alongside illustrations from artists such as Chris Riddell, Emily Gravett and Laura Ellen Anderson, who were asked to ‘doodle something booky’.
Kirsten Grant, director of World Book Day, said: “We are deeply honoured to have had some of the nation’s most iconic and best-loved illustrators participate in and support World Book Day over the years, and we want to take this opportunity to harness their talent to inspire the next generation.”
The competition will run until 14th April when entries will close at midnight. Entries should be sent to World Book Day Design a Book Token Competition, Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR.