Dapo Adeola is to judge a children's Christmas card design competition, being launched for the first time this year by the National Literacy Trust.
The illustrator and co-creator of children's book Look Up! (Puffin) will judge the entries, 12 of which will be selected for print and digital gifting, with one overall winner.
The winner will receive a stocking full of books and a virtual visit to their school from Adeola, and their design will available for people around the UK to purchase ahead of Christmas. The 11 other designs that make the shortlist will also be available to buy on Making a Difference from 1st December.
Commenting on the competition, Adeola said: “This year has been difficult for so many of us, so I’m calling on the help of our children to spread some festive cheer and come up with their most joyful creations for the National Literacy Trust’s festive card competition. I’m looking for drawings of things that make you smile from ear to ear and that will be sure to raise everyone’s spirits. I can’t wait to see the festive stories that the children tell through their designs.”
All the proceeds will go towards supporting the charity's work to improve the literacy, learning and wellbeing of children most seriously affected by Covid-19.
The challenge is free to enter for all children aged five to 11 in the UK, with designs encouraged to have "a joyful and festive theme". Entries should be on A5 sized paper, and can be scanned and submitted by schools and parents to email@example.com before the deadline of Friday 13th November.
Jonathan Douglas, c.e.o. of the NLT, said: “We are delighted to launch our first national festive card competition ahead of the Christmas period and cannot wait to see and share children’s inspiring designs with the world. With so much uncertainty right now, we are all in need of some early festive cheer."
“All proceeds from the sale of our cards will help us support the literacy, learning and wellbeing of one million children most seriously affected by COVID-19. There has never been a more important time for our work and we are so thankful to everyone who can help us raise vital funds to ensure that the impact of COVID-19 does not last a lifetime for any child.”