Our new competition inspires pupils to explore their favourite place in a story

18 Sep 2018
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We have launched an exciting new competition in partnership with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), Story Explorers, which gives Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils the chance to write a tourist guide or create a map like no other. The destination? The place they’d most like to visit in a book they’ve read.

A range of free resources are available for teachers to download, including creative activities, book lists and extracts from two of Katherine Rundell’s popular adventure stories (The Explorer and The Wolf Wilder) to show pupils the wonder of different story locations.

To mark our 25th anniversary this year, we're giving away 25 incredible prizes to the winners of the competition. 25 lucky pupils – and their classmates – will win a visit to their school from a much-loved children’s author, including Katherine Rundell (Rooftoppers, The Explorer, The Wolf Wilder), Dave Cousins (Charlie Merrick’s Misfits series), Will Mabbit (Mabel Jones series), Matt Oldfield (Ultimate Football Heroes series) and Paul Cookson (The Works poetry series).

“We are thrilled to launch Story Explorers with our friends at ALCS to inspire pupils to write a tourist guide like no other and be in with a chance to win a visit from one of their favourite authors! Whether pupils want to explore the Forbidden Forest in the grounds of Hogwarts, head down the chocolate river in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, or travel to the Lonely Mountain with Bilbo Baggins in Middle-earth – the world of stories is their oyster. We can’t wait to be taken on new, exciting adventures to children’s favourite places in the books they’ve read.”

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust