Search for storytelling talent in Scunthorpe begins
TWO top authors have started the search for the best storytelling talent in North Lincolnshire.
Mega-selling creator of Horrid Henry, Francesca Simon and Lauren Child, acclaimed author of the Ruby Redfort and Clarice Bean books, have joined forces for this year's World Book Day to find the UK's Storytelling Superstar for 2013.
The pair, who have kept millions of youngsters entertained and delighted with their stories, are now on the hunt for children, mums, dads, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, teachers, booksellers or librarians – or anyone else – from Scunthorpe who make reading aloud thrilling and fun for a young audience.
Francesca and Lauren are urging people in the area to submit videos of the most skilled and passionate storytellers in action. It's simple to take part – just visit the special Storytelling Superstar page at www.worldbookday.com and follow the instructions to send in or upload a short clip of yourself or your nominee performing an extract from a favourite children's book. The competition is open from Thursday 17 January, with entries closing on Monday 11 February.
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The winner will be the person who shows the special panel of judges that they can bring stories to life in the most imaginative ways – from acting out characters, putting on different voices and filming in unusual locations, to dressing up and using props or playing games with the words to get others joining in the performance.
Francesca Simon said: "All children love being told a story, and a good storyteller can really bring characters to life and transport his or her listeners into a different world. Telling stories is a wonderful way of stimulating children's imaginations, helping them to understand themselves and others and to become avid readers."
Lauren Child added: "There are so many wonderful storytellers hidden away in Scunthorpe's homes, schools and libraries and I'm delighted to be a part of celebrating their exceptional talents as a Storytelling Superstar judge. We're looking forward to being inspired by entries from the local area and seeing how they create excitement around story time."
The 2013 Storytelling Superstar will be unveiled to the nation on World Book Day (7 March) and receive £250 worth of children's books from National Book Tokens.
Visit www.worldbookday.com for more information.