Top illustrators join Liz Pichon to support our work with an auction of wild shoe designs to mark the publication of SHOE WARS

14 Oct 2020

To mark the launch of Liz Pichon’s brand new novel SHOE WARS, Scholastic UK has announced the multi-million-copy selling author and illustrator of TOM GATES is leading an auction to raise money for our charity.

In keeping with the spirit of SHOE WARS, Liz Pichon and a whole host of the UK’s top children’s illustrators including Cressida Cowell, Steven Lenton and Nadia Shireen have designed shoes worthy of the coveted ‘Golden Shoe Award’ which features in Liz’s new book, either on paper or by decorating actual shoes.

All lots will be available here for 10 days and the public can even bid for a custom-designed pair of shoes from Liz herself!

Our research shows that 1 in 4 parents said their children did not have access to books of their own or library books in lockdown, due to widespread school and library closures and the vital funds raised by the SHOE WARS auction will help us give more children greater access to books.

Published on 15th October by Scholastic UK, SHOE WARS features characters competing for the ‘Golden Shoe Award’ with creations such as rocket shoes, sushi shoes, dancing shoes, and even flying shoes.

Shoe artworks available in the tie-in auction include Martin Brown’s four-legged Ewe-Shew, Sarah McIntyre’s unicorn-filled heel, Adam Stower’s underwater Das Boot and Chris Riddell’s monster shoe.

By bringing the magical world of stories to children who need it most, we can start to combat the potential long-term impact that school closures will otherwise have on these children’s life chances if their literacy ability falls even further behind. We cannot thank Liz and her wonderful team of children’s illustrators enough for supporting our work at this crucial time. Every penny raised from the auction will help us towards achieving our ambition to support the literacy, learning and wellbeing of one million children most seriously affected by COVID-19 over the coming year.

Jonathan Douglas, Chief Executive