Schoolgirl Isabel Harris has had her book published after winning The Book People’s inaugural Bedtime Story Competition.
The nine-year-old won the competition to find the UK’s best budding author between the ages of five-11 last November for her pitch for an animal picture book, triumphing over 1,000 other entries.
Her title The Moon Man has now been published by Little Tiger Press and is being sold through The Book People’s website, with all proceeds donated to Action for Children.
As part of the prize, Harris was given the opportunity to work with editors and designers at independent children’s publisher Little Tiger and was paired with illustrator Ada Grey, whose designs brought her characters to life.
The story follows two groups of animal friends who view a scarecrow in very different ways.
TV presenter, Fearne Cotton, who helped to judge the prize, said: “I can’t wait to read The Moon Man to my children and hope other children…Picking one winner was incredibly difficult, but Isabel’s brilliant story made her a very worthy winner.”
Sarah Walden, group buying and merchandising director and competition judge, added: “Almost a year later, it is terrific to see Isabel’s creation come to life and we’re confident The Moon Man will be a great success in helping raise money for Action for Children.”
The Book People will be launching 2017’s Bedtime Story Competition next month.