Primary school teachers and librarians: Enter Michael Rosen's reading for pleasure competition and win an amazing special prize!

Share the brilliant things you’ve been doing to encourage reading for pleasure and it might just win your school a prize – and get a massive thumbs-up from legendary poet and author, Michael Rosen...

Illustration of a teacher reading to a group of children by Kate Alizadeh

Tell us about what you have done at school to encourage reading for pleasure. How have you made reading fun across your school?

We want to celebrate primary school teachers and librarians, and all the brilliant work you put into getting children reading for pleasure! That's why we're launching this exciting new competition with our current Writer in Residence, Michael Rosen, to recognise your efforts and award the most interesting, fun and impactful examples we come across. 

Are you proud of what you're doing at YOUR school? Are more children there getting excited about books? Then enter our competition below!

More about Michael Rosen, our Writer in Residence

How to enter and what you could win

We're asking primary school teachers and librarians to let us know what they've been up to by emailing digital@booktrust.org.uk or posting the supporting information to 

BookTrust - Writer in Residence competition
FAO: Anna McKerrow
G8 Battersea Studios
80 Silverthorne Road
London SW8 3HE

The deadline to do so is 5pm on Friday 1 July 2022

What to include in your competition entry

What have you been doing to encourage reading for pleasure? How have you made reading fun across your school?
Tell us what has been happening at your school, with a maximum word limit of 1,000 words. 
Please send us anything you think is relevant: for instance, examples of children’s work or photographs of activities you’ve held or fun reading spaces in school. 
Don't forget to include your school name / school address / school telephone number / contact email address.

Things to think about: 

  • What brilliant things have you been doing to encourage reading for pleasure at your school?
  • How have the children responded?
  • Have children’s attitudes to reading improved?
  • How have teachers modelled a love of books to children?
  • Have you managed to get parents involved?
  • How has the school changed as a result of loving reading?
  • What did teachers do to increase their knowledge of great books?

You can email or post us this information via this form (.docx, 51.6KB) if it makes the process easier, but it is not essential to do so.

What you could win

  • The overall winner will receive a letter from Michael Rosen, a set of his books for their library including one signed book, plus a selection of other great books for the library from BookTrust
  • Michael Rosen's other five favourite entries will be shared on the BookTrust website to inspire other teachers and librarians.

Recap on the important bits

This competition is open to primary school teachers and librarians only

  • The deadline is 5pm on Friday 1 July 2022
  • Scan/email or post your entries with the subject title 'Writer in Residence competition'

Terms and conditions

  1. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  2. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust
  3. This competition is open for primary school teachers or librarians only
  4. Entries must be submitted by 5pm on 1 July 2022
  5. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time, so do keep checking the website
  6. Entries will be judged by BookTrust and Michael Rosen. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into
  7. Winners should be notified by end of July 2022, although this is subject to change
  8. By entering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in our privacy statement

More about our Writer-Illustrator in Residence

Writer in Residence

Our current Writer-Illustrator in Residence is Michael Rosen, who is writing blogs, running competitions and giving us their unique perspective on the world of children's books.

Find out what they're up to