Children’s Book Week attracts budding authors across region

Themes of family stories and resilience resonated in the annual First Five Forever’s Children’s Picture Book Competition held by Rockhampton Regional Libraries as part of recent Children’s Book Week celebrations.

The competition called on writers and illustrators of all ages to create a picture book suitable for young readers aged 5 years and under. Stories about chooks, colours, pets, siblings, family outings and superheroes featured, with colourful and creative illustrations used to extend the storyline.

Communities Spokesperson Councillor Drew Wickerson said that authors and illustrators performed exceptionally well under difficult COVID-19 restrictions.

“Our normal picture book competition generates hundreds of entries each year with lots of wonderful concepts developed and crafted for young readers. This year, creators had to move into a digital space to upload their entry for our judges. Library staff were able to help with some of the technical issues associated with uploading the entries, which was invaluable,” Cr Wickerson said.

“The response to this year’s competition really highlighted the enthusiasm for literacy in our region. Congratulations to our competition winners, across all ages, on your outstanding efforts.”

Early literacy advocate and competition judge Lindell Lutton said the competition entries were of a very high standard with a range of beautifully told and presented stories.

“It’s exciting to see the calibre of the next generation of authors and illustrators in the region. Don’t forget that your local library has hundreds of wonderful picture books to inspire you if you are interested in writing and illustrating for young readers,”Ms Lutton said.

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