Congratulations to Rob Biddulph, this year's overall winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize with his wonderful picture book, Blown Away*!
Melissa Cox (the Head of Children's Buying for the company and someone who knows almost everything there is to know about children's books. Honestly, follow her on Twitter) praised the winner: “The test of a good picture book is not how good it is on first reading, but how enjoyable it is on its fiftieth. Blown Away more than delivers – its whimsical, madcap plot engages immediately and its rhythmic text drives the story along while the illustrations charm and thrill on every page. It is truly wonderful, and a very worthy winner.”
*We've been fighting an unbelievable urge to make some sort of 'we were Blown Away' pun. We're strong. We can beat this.
Draw us a picture of your dad, grandad, uncle or guardian as a superhero so we can use it on our Father’s Day posters!
The winning pictures will be featured in our shops right across the UK, and the artist responsible will also receive a £20 Waterstones Gift Card.
Anyone aged 16 or under can enter so let your imaginations run wild. All we ask is that you fill in the entry form and hand it in to a Waterstones bookshop by Friday 27th April. Ask a bookseller for more information.
Entry forms must be completed by the entrant and his or her parent or guardian who must supply contact details. Only correctly completed entry forms will be accepted, no other method of entry is permitted. Contact details will only be used to contact entrants if necessary and will not be shared with other companies.
No purchase necessary. Please enter your name and email address. Only one entry per person allowed. Proof of entering is not proof of receipt of entry.
To be eligible, entries must be received on or before the closing date of 27/04/14 at 5PM. All entries shall become the property of Waterstones.com, and their directors, officers, representatives, advertising and promotional agencies are not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
Entrants must be aged 16 or under on 27th April 2014 and have the permission of a parent or guardian.
The winner(s) will receive a £20 (or Euro equivalent) Waterstones Gift Card and their drawing may be used in publicity, POS, marketing or other literature in our shops, online or otherwise.
The promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
No cash alternative will be offered.
Winner(s) will be chosen within 14 working days of the closing date and will be contacted as soon as possible afterwards. If a selected entrant does not meet all of the contract conditions, another entrant will be selected from the remaining eligible entries.
This competition is not open to employees of Waterstones, the publisher or their immediate families.
By entering the contest, entrants consent to the use of their names, city of residence, photograph and/or image for publicity purposes in all media carried out by Waterstones, without payment or compensation.
The decisions of the contest judges are final. The prize must be accepted as awarded.
The right is reserved to terminate or withdraw this contest at any time.
All entries become the property of Waterstones, who assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the promotional period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received by Waterstones on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. Waterstones reserve the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend the email portion of this contest should a virus or bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of Waterstones corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Waterstones reserve the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically MV reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Entrants agree to abide by the contest rules and the decisions of the independent judging panel, which are final.
Entries must be submitted by the named entrant and will be invalid if found to come from a third party. Multiple entries from a single source (eg 'competition entry' website/company) will be disqualified. Only one entry will be accepted per email address used.
Entry to the competition is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions. By entering, you are deemed to have read and accepted these terms.
Waterstones have organised this prize draw in good faith and do not accept liability relating to the prize.
The Children's Book of the Month for March is Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest, a beautiful book already being described as one of the best colouring-in books ever published. And nowadays they aren't just for children. Adults across the country are turning to colouring books as a way to relax after a hard day at work. One of our own booksellers, Isabel Popple, counts herself amongst the grown-up converts.
Children's & Teenage books for all ages - with interactive Baby books for tiny tots, and Early Learning books for toddlers, as well as the latest Activity books and Children’s picture books for younger readers. We also feature a huge range of Children’s Fiction books, and Children’s Reference books, not forgetting the latest Fiction books for teenagers, including romantic novels for teens and novels for young adults.