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73 High Street
Chapeltown, Turton BL7 0EW
United Kingdom

We aim to inspire children to read and have even more fun with books.

We have lots of ideas, fun activities and a book ladder challenge for you to enjoy.  All for free!

We love book swaps and have free materials for you to use and some top tips to hep organise your own.

We also have a shop full of lovely goods to help inspire children and aid their development. 

Splash of Colour Competition

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Splash of Colour is a competition in support of the Splash Now Campaign, a National awareness and fundraising campaign in the UK being run by Meningitis Now and the Swimming Teachers' Association. Keep scrolling down for more information about the competition itself, how to take part and what you can win!

 
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We really want to make this campaign accessible to all so for those children out there who are not keen on splashing in water, we would love you do join in our Splash of Colour competition which is being supported by 10 incredible children's book illustrators.

 
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How to Enter


It is really easy to enter:

  1. Create a "splash" related picture (draw, colour, paint, stick… be as creative as you like!)

  2. Take a photograph of the picture

  3. Post the photograph on instagram using the hashtag #splashofcolour_meningitisnow

  4. Follow @meningitis_now on instagram

The last date for entry is Friday 18th October 2019.

Judging will take place during "Splash Week" (21 - 25 October 2019) and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards. Please refer to the Conditions of Entry at the bottom this page.

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The Prize


Nick Sharratt the incredible children's book author and illustrator, has kindly donated a signed copy of his book "Splash Day" and a digital image from the book

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The lucky winner will win both of these!

The prize will be awarded to the picture which makes the judge smile the most!

Five runners up will also be chosen at random and will each win a copy of the Splash Day book.

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The Judge 


We're very excited that Sarah Yewman (aka @picturebooksblogger) will be judging this competition.

Sarah is a Mum-to-3, wife-to-1 and a self-confessed picture book geek. A picture book fanatic since she can remember, she possesses her own secret stash (which her children have yet to get their sticky mitts on!).

She truly believes that picture books are not just for children and she hopes some of these books she shares on her blog, will open peoples' minds to the love of a good picture book.

If you love picture books and are always on the look- out for inspiration for what to read next, head over to Sarah's wonderful instagram profile. You won’t be disappointed!



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Clara

This campaign is incredibly close to my heart as it has been inspired by my beautiful goddaughter Clara, who we sadly lost to meningitis at just 10 months old. Clara was taken so suddenly and never developed a rash.  Clara would have been 10 years old this year so we wanted to do something very special in her memory. We miss her every single day and we truly hope that this campaign can help to save lives. More of Clara’s story can be read here.

Clara not only inspired this campaign but also inspired the character Clara the Chinchilla, who you can see splashing about with her umbrella at the top of the page. A huge thank you to the wonderful illustrator Carole Chevalier for helping to create this fun and happy character in Clara’s memory.

There are 10 important signs and symptoms of this devastating illness that everyone should be aware of. They can be found here on the Meningitis Now website, please take the time to read them and help us to raise awareness.
 

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TRUST YOUR INSTINCT
AND DON'T WAIT FOR THE RASH

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Splash Now

Hundreds of children will be taking part in the "Splash Week" as part of their swimming lessons with STA swimming instructors. We are so grateful to the STA for partnering with us for this campaign - their network of swimming teachers and their "splash" expertise is what has made this campaign possible. You can find out lots more about how to get involved in Splash Week over at the campaign page here.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and to raise awareness of the incredible work done by Meningitis Now. Meningitis Now is the UK's largest Meningitis charity, offering support, funding research and raising awareness of this devastating illness. 



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10 amazing illustrators have kindly created their very own "splash" image to provide you with some inspiration. Take a peek at these wonderful illustrations and be inspired to create your own!

 
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Ellie Sandell

Ellie grew up on the edge of the Fens in Lincolnshire, and lives there in a little white house by the river. After spending much of her time at school doodling covertly on the last pages of her exercise books, she went off to do a degree in Graphic Design at Bath Spa University, where she specialised in illustration, followed by a Master's degree in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.

After graduating in 2007, Ellie wrote and illustrated picture books alongside teaching art classes in a primary school, during which she invariably managed to get more paint on herself than the children did!

Now freelance, she creates books and runs children’s art classes from her little studio, ably assisted by her basset hound, William.

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Julia Seal

Julia Seal knew from the age of five what she wanted to do for a living - draw pictures! 

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration and then working in the greeting card industry (and getting covered in glitter everyday!) She finally moved onto her dream job illustrating children’s books. 

She lives in a small village in England with her husband and two children - who provide plenty of inspiration!

Her debut book, as author as well as illustrator, called “The Sketchbook” was released in Spring 2019.

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Katy Hudson

Katy was raised in Middlesbrough and started her Illustration career as a small child drawing on freshly emulsioned walls around the house! Her parents quickly dissuaded this medium and encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead.

The idea stuck (the pencil was updated to an ink pot and pen in some cases) and after some lovely time at Art College and a degree in Illustration Katy is now a freelance Illustrator based in London.

Her debut author/illustrated picture book "Bear and Duck" was published by Harper Collins in June 2015, her second "Too Many Carrots" was published by Capstone in February 2016. She is currently working on her third and fourth picture books and is very excited about that!

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Rebecca Bruce

Becky is a mum of two and a primary school teaching assistant but in her spare time (which isn’t much!) she loves to doodle, draw and create characters. 

She graduated from Westminster and St.Martins with a degree and post grad in Illustration and draws inspiration from the brilliant children she works with every day.

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James Brown

James Brown was eight when Anthony Browne came to his school and drew an amazing gorilla. He decided, then and there, to become an author/illustrator himself. James studied Creative Writing at St Andrews (where he kept writing for children and drawing all over everything).

James got ‘spotted’ on Twitter and won the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition 2014. His favourite animal is his three-legged cat, Peg and he loves illustrating with Faber-Castell crayons.

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Sophy Henn

Sophy Henn lives and works in Sussex, England. She writes and illustrates children's books in her studio, with a large cup of tea by her side, and can't quite believe her luck.

Where Bear?, her first book, was nominated for both the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2015. Her other books include the Pom Pom series, Pass It On, Edie, Almost Anything, the Ted series and the upcoming Bad Nana series for young readers. She was also delighted to be World Book Day Illustrator for 2015 and 2016.

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Dawn Machell

Dawn is based in sunny West Yorkshire in the UK and specialises in illustration, character design and surface pattern for babies and little people.  And also for big people who haven't grown up yet.

Her designs have appeared on a wide range of products including books, nursery interiors, apparel, wall art, toys, greetings cards and stationery.

Dawn has been freelance since 2002 and has been lucky enough to work with lots of great companies including: Mamas and Papas, Next, Make Believe Ideas Publishing, editions Piccolia, Elephant and Bird Books, Kidsii, Tigerprint, Lilipinso, Happy Friday, Menudos Cuadros, Aquarupella, Disney Stores, Silver Cross, Hallmark, UK Greetings, American Greetings, Papyrus, Mothercare, Tesco, Mudpie Trend Books, Babies R Us, Mini Club, Boots…

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Mike Byrne

Mike Byrne grew up on the Wirral near Liverpool before moving to Wales to study Illustration at Glyndŵr University. He began his career as a designer for a greetings card company and then became a studio manager for a licensed stationery designer before leaving to fulfil his dream of illustrating children's books.

Mike now lives in the countryside with his wife, cat and his two baby sons where he spends his days doodling and illustrating children's books fuelled only by tea and biscuits.

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Frann Preston-Gannon

Frann is a London based illustrator and designer. She has freelanced for a wide variety of clients that include: Nosy Crow, Vintage Books, Lonely Planet, Walker Books, Powerhouse Publishing, Scholastic books US, Chronicle Publishing, Pavilion Books, The Times Newspaper, The New York Times, Burt's Bees and Harper Collins.

Her first picturebook, The Journey Home, was published in October 2012 and was shortlisted for both the Waterstones Children's Prize and the Cambridgeshire 'Read it Again' book Prize. It has also been shortlisted by Junior Magazine for 'Best Picture Book' and 'New Talent'. It was nominated for the Kate Greenaway in 2014. In April 2015 The Journey Home was reimagined as a play by the London based puppet theatre, Little Angels.

Frann's most recent books are "I am the seed that grew the tree" and "In the swamp by the light of the moon" both of which are absolutely beautiful.

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Becky Cameron

Becky Cameron is an author and illustrator from sunny Sheffield in the UK. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class degree in Graphic Design and Illustration before completing an MA in Children’s Book Illustration with Distinction at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art. She now works from her little home studio in Oxfordshire where she lives with her husband and their cat Kiki.

Becky illustrated Paddington™ & The Christmas Visitor storybook (M&S Christmas advert tie-in, 2017) and her debut author-illustrated picturebook “Wishing for a Dragon” was published by Hodder Children's in 2018.

Becky loves cats, Kate Bush, a good drawing nib, Moleskine sketchbooks, walking up hills and spends much too much time on Twitter and Instagram.



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Michael Rosen

We're very grateful to Michael Rosen for supporting the Splash Now campaign.

Michael Rosen is a children's novelist and poet and the author of 140 books.  He was appointed as the fifth Children's Laureate in June 2007 and held this honour until 2009. 

This campaign is very close to his heart as he very sadly lost his 18 year old son to this devastating illness.

There was no real warning. The previous evening, 18-year-old Eddie had been lounging around with his father at his east London home. He had been feeling a little fluey, he said, but was well enough to make jokes, and in fact appeared his normal self. Early the following morning, he was dead.

The culprit, although Michael did not know it at the time, was a deadly strain of bacteria that had breached the defences of the 6ft 4in teenager, and caused blood poisoning. The infection, meningococcal septicaemia, had killed him in hours.

After Eddie's death Michael felt desolate, hopeless. There were times when he was very angry: how dare he make me miserable? It was a mixture of helplessness, despair, pointlessness, and purposelessness.

Michael has said that the loss is ever-present, but the “relationship” he has with his dead son has evolved to one of acceptance and memories of the good times.

Here is an image from Michael's very famous book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" which we think is perfect for this "Splash" campaign.

If you would like a chance to receive a copy of this wonderful book find out more about Splash Week over at the campaign page here. The copies have kindly been donated by Walker Books.

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt © Walker Books



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Splash of Colour Competition - Conditions of Entry

  1. UK entrants only

  2. The picture must have been created by a child aged between 0 and 16 years old

  3. The photograph of the picture must be uploaded to Instagram by a parent or guardian who is 18 years or older (the Entrant)

  4. Entrants must follow Meningitis Now on Instagram

  5. The last date for entry is Friday 18th October 2019

  6. The judge's decision will be final and the prize is non-transferable.  No cash alternative will be offered

  7. The winners will be contacted by Meningitis Now via Instagram within 48 hours of the giveaway ending

This competition is not endorsed by Instagram.