Following our New Chapter for Littlewoods post back in September, we can now reveal the winning book created as part of a national children’s bedtime story campaign, brought to life by a six year old.
Created and starring Ellie Statham, aged six from Hertfordshire, the imaginative illustrated book, entitled ‘Me and my Ladybird’, tells the tale of her adventures with a magical ladybird called Lily in her garden. When Ellie puts on a mystical pair of trousers it allows her to shrink and explore a whole new world, meeting many colourful characters along the way. Free to download in pdf format, the 16-page story is also available in an audiobook format voiced by pop star and mum of three Natasha Hamilton, who helped to judge the campaign.
Designed to encourage more bedtime story reading amongst kids in the UK, the campaign was launched on the back of research, which revealed one third of parents (36 per cent) with kids aged up to seven years never read to their children at night time – a 27 per cent increase in just one parental generation.
Ran through 19,000 primary schools across the country, the campaign saw nearly 1,000 children aged up to seven years old enter a drawing competition. As part of this, children were asked to create their own tale by submitting an illustrated storyboard based around their adventures with a magical friend.