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Design your own comic strip story


This competition has now closed* - but don't let that stop you getting creative!

Comic books can be a great way of interesting children who aren’t enthusiastic readers. Comics are often filled with high-energy plots, beautiful illustrations and engaging language, and can be more accessible to reluctant readers than text-only books.

We want you to help us use the power of comics to get children reading, writing and drawing to improve their literacy skills and inspire a love of reading.

Download the template sheet and get creating!

Tips for parents and carers:

  • Think up possible plot and character ideas together. The story can be about absolutely anything - from real life to pure imagination
  • You could both look together for inspiration in books, magazines, movies and online
  • Note down ideas as a list or create a mind map or spider diagram
  • Ask your child to list their top 3 ideas and help them develop them by asking questions. For example. 'can you think of something funny that might happen?' and 'what could happen next?'
  • When your child has decided on their characters and storyline help them plan what will go in each box of the comic strip provided on the competition sheet


*Terms and conditions apply. Only students, aged 7 to 11 years in schools in Keighley and Tong & Bowling can enter the competition. Competition closes 13 September 2019. There will be one winner from each area (Keighley and Tong/Bowling) and the winners will be notified before 29 November. No more than 2 entries per child.

Entries should be emailed to, given them to your Inspiring Parents contact, or posted them to Bradford Stories, National Literacy Trust, 68 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RL.

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