The disaster relief charity ShelterBox has launched its fifth annual Young ShelterBox illustration competition in collaboration with Chatterbooks children's reading groups.
The search is on to find the country's best young artists, whose drawings or paintings will be published in a picture book entitled The Day the Wind Blew. This will be the latest in a series that vividly brings to life natural and manmade disasters, helping children to express their feelings and explore their responses to world news.
The winning entries will be selected by illustrator Michael Foreman and author Claire White. Michael Foreman has created his own evocative image to publicise the competition - download the flyer. The lucky winners will not only see their work in print but be invited to a special book launch at the Free Word Centre in the autumn, where Michael Foreman will give a unique illustration workshop.
Each year the competition has focused on a different type of disaster that ShelterBox has responded to, including conflict, Tsunami and earthquake. This year's theme is Hurricane.
Teachers and Chatterbooks group leaders can register for a competition pack by contacting Young ShelterBox. The closing date for entries is 14 July 2014.
Read about the last ShelterBox event at Free Word Centre to where The Day the Bombs Fell was unveiled.
ShelterBox has a fantastic network of speakers all over the country who would be able to visit Chatterbooks groups to talk to the children about ShelterBox's fascinating work. They bring a ShelterBox with all the equipment that goes inside, and set up the tent to show how it helps families who have been made homeless by natural and manmade disasters. If you are interested, find out more at Young ShelterBox.
Find out more about Chatterbooks children's reading groups. Set up a group in your school or library and register it on Reading Groups for Everyone for year-round reading group resources, offers and competitions.