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Nine year old becomes one of the UK’s youngest published authors

childrens-books-1246675_640London schoolgirl Isabel Harris has become one of the UK’s youngest published authors after winning a nationwide competition to write a picture book about animals. Book People’s Bedtime Story competition was for children between five and 11. Isabel’s entry, The Moon Man, was chosen from more than 1,000 stories by a judging panel that included presenter Fearne Cotton.

Isabel’s story follows two groups of animal friends who view a scarecrow in very different ways.

As part of the prize, Isabel was given the opportunity to work with editors and designers at independent children’s publisher Little Tiger. The book can be bought exclusively from on 1st June with all profits going to the charity Action for Children

As well as seeing her story turned into a picture book, Isabel also received £250 in books for herself plus £250 worth of books for her school.

Book People will be launching 2017’s Bedtime Story Competition next month. Pass the information on to the emerging writers in your family. They can register their interest in entering this year’s competition at

3 comments on “Nine year old becomes one of the UK’s youngest published authors

  1. An inspiring story. I shall tell my 10-year-old daughter whose been creating stories from the moment she learnt to write.

    • bridget whelan
      May 29, 2017

      Yes, do and I think the benefit is the same for children as it is for adults. You may not win but a deadline forces you to write and at the end you come out with a story that might not otherwise have been born. And it’s always better to write than not write…

  2. scarlett1000
    May 30, 2017

    Fantastic to see young children encouraged in this way. Good for her!

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