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Rhiwbeina’s Phoebe wins Book of the Year award

Rhiwbeina Primary School pupil Phoebe Hicks has recently won the Paper Kingdoms ‘Book of the Year’ award selected by Children’s Laureate for Wales, Eloise Williams.

Paper Kingdoms is a company running ‘The Book Creation Course’ which has been going from school to school in the Cardiff area giving children the opportunity to write and illustrate their own picture book, which is then professionally edited and printed to be given back to them.

Since lockdown it has been operating remotely online. Phoebe took part before lockdown in an after-school workshop.

After a shortlist was compiled by a group of local teachers, writers, and artists, Eloise Williams, Children’s Laureate Wales judged the competition winner from the final five entries.

She praised Phoebe’s story for having “a great message along with vibrant humour and skill.”

You can see an audio version of Phoebe’s story, The Song of the Purple Paste, here.

Josh Morgan of Paper Kingdoms told us: “The Book Creation Course aims to give children a personal bond to literacy, whether enthusing the uninspired or encouraging those that find books challenging.

“We’ve been thrilled with the impact with our young authors and so pleased for Phoebe in winning the award. Such an earnest and positive participant with a flare for story and illustration.”

The illusrated audio book can be seen here and more information on Paper Kingdoms here.

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