Windows Into Other Worlds: enter your class into our creative competition to win them books

Calling all primary schools – fancy some fun that could win you a prize? Author Candy Gourlay has just the drawing or writing activity for you!

Illustration by Jim Smith

What does Candy Gourlay want you to do?

'Growing up, books were my windows to other places, other people, and other ways of life. I travelled to the Swiss Alps with Heidi by Joanna Spyri, swam in the Mississippi with Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, wandered in snowy Narnia with Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis, was lost in the Cave of Wonders with Aladdin from the Arabian Knights...

'Have you recently read a book that has given you a window to another world?'

'Perhaps you've travelled across Russia with Marinka in The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. Or maybe you've journeyed across Korea with the boy scavenger Tree-Ear in A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Or maybe you found yourself travelling with a jazz band during the dusty Depression with Bud, in Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Maybe you even played basketball in Bernardo's village that was barely a mosquito bite in the Philippines in Tall Story by yours truly.'

Use our window graphic to show us the world you encountered in your book:

Download a copy of this window graphic and print it out:

You can either write a description of the world or draw a picture of the world you saw in the book.

Hints and tips

Make sure you tell us (or, if you're drawing, show us – using labels, speech bubbles and captions)...

  • What you love about the world
  • How it is different from your own world
  • How it is similar to your own world
'I can't wait to see what worlds you've been discovering! Good luck!' Candy Gourlay

What will you win?

The overall winner of the competition will win a copy of one of Candy Gourlay's books for every pupil in their class.

Two runners up will a bundle of Candy Gourlay's books for them and their school library.

More about Candy Gourlay, our Writer in Residence

Important bits

This is a competition for pupils of primary school age – you can take part as a class or enter children individually.

The deadline is 5pm on Friday 21 June 2019.

Window graphics should be sent by a named contact at the school; the child's name, age, school and contact must be included with each entry. 

Schools can send in entries in the following ways:

  • Post: Anna McKerrow, G8 Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London SW8 3HE
  • Scan and email to: Please attach the entries to your email or, alternatively, send us a link from Dropbox or another file hosting service. It is best not to use a file transfer service like WeTransfer, as these links tend to expire after a set amount of time

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 for primary schools only; each school may enter as few or as many entries as they wish
  4. Entries must be submitted by 5pm on 21 June 2019
  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 Candy Gourlay. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into
  7. The winner and two runners-up are expected to be notified in July 2019, although this is subject to change
  8. The winner and two runners-up will be announced on the website on Monday 15 July, although this is subject to change
  9. By entering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in our privacy statement

More about our Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence

Our current Writer in Residence is Candy Gourlay, who is writing blogs, running competitions and giving us her unique perspective on the world of children's books.

Find out what she's been up to