Saturday, 30 October 2010

Deadlines, competitions and free books - Booktime and Orion Books' Fierce Fiction

Competition: Win an exclusive artist's proof from Eric Carle's story book "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth

This autumn, 680,000 copies of Eric Carle’s wonderful story book “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth will be given for free to all children starting reception class in England and there's still time to enter the competition.

Booktime is a programme run by the charity Booktrust in partnership with Pearson and the Department for Education, that gives free books to all children when they start reception class at school. Their aim is to promote reading for pleasure and encourage family engagement in shared reading at an important transition stage in children’s learning and development.

To celebrate, Booktime are offering primary schools and libraries in England the chance to enter a prize draw to receive an exclusive artist’s proof from the book. Each vibrant, colourful spread from the book is signed by Eric Carle.

Anyone can nominate a primary school and a public library in England (full terms and conditions can be found on the website).

But be quick - Nominations close on the 31st October.

To nominate, all you have to do is visit the Booktime site and find your school or library.

I've been sent some photos of the official launch for Booktime 2010 and thought I'd share them. To celebrate, 60 children were invited to Kew Gardens for a morning of fun and activities based on this year’s books, “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly.” Said the Sloth and Why is the Sky Blue?.

Children celebrating the fact that Booktime have given away their five millionth book in five years.

Children receiving this year’s book packs. It was a fantastic day and everyone enjoyed this year’s books, reading together and engaging with author Geraldine Taylor - Why is the Sky Blue?

Please do spread the word about the competition, Booktime want to reach as many parents, teachers, librarians and children's book enthusiasts as they can so that every local school and library stands a chance.

Nominations close on the 31st October



Orion Books run a thriving YA Facebook page called Fierce Fiction which has over 800 members.  It's The Place to find out about Gollancz's new YA list, news, competitions, updates and much more!
And with Halloween round the corner they are running some fantastic competitons. Just look at this for a prize!

All you need to do is head over to their facebook page and join up.  Easy!

And here's the link to make it even easier ~ 

And for an older readership, there's Gollancz Dark Fantasy - where their True Blood novels are featured among other supernatural and fantasy novels.

All you need to do is head over to their facebook page and join up.  Easy!

And here's the link to make it even easier ~


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