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Half term activity books that will inspire children to enter the Bedtime Story Competition

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Half term is coming around and you’re sure to be looking for ways to get children off their devices and stave off the inevitable cries of "I’m bored". This is where The Book People can help… We have a hand-picked selection of activity books that will keep children happily entertained for the entire week. Once they’ve finished the activities, they could try their hand at writing their very own tale as part of our Bedtime Story Competition – and be in with the chance of being one of the UK’s youngest published picture book authors!

National Geographic Kids Infopedia 2020

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Children who prefer facts to fiction will enjoy delving into this book from the experts at National Geographic Kids. It contains 500 awe-inspiring photographs alongside strange-but-true facts about amazing animals, cool technology and extreme exploration. There are also plenty of fun games and amazing activities to complete.

Big Picture Atlas

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Help your little explorer discover the secrets of the world with this boldly illustrated atlas from Usborne. It contains 15 beautiful maps of countries and sites for children to pore over and is packed with facts about countries and continents as well as natural wonders including oceans, mountains and ice caps.

Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Food

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Is your aspiring artist hungry to take on a new creative challenge this half term? Introduce them to the joys of kawaii. This book has step-by-step instructions for drawing exceedingly cute characters inspired by food – from sausage dog hotdogs to peeking pizza crusts!

Enid Blyton’s Wishing-Chair Audio Collection

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If you’re heading on a longer journey this half term, what better way to keep children entertained than by treating them to this unabridged audiobook collection of Enid Blyton’s Wishing-Chair series? The three stories from the enchanting series are spread across 12 CDs and are sure to have the whole family feeling magical.

Of course, another fun and creative way to spend half term is writing a story to be entered into The Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition. story has everything your budding writer needs to get started including printable activity sheets, a video lesson plan and top tips from favourite authors.

Write Your Own Poems

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Get a child’s creative juices flowing with this introduction to poetry in all its forms. This write-in book answers questions including ‘Can a song be a poem?’ and offers tips and advice for understanding AND writing your own poetry. There are also a number of exciting activities to complete.

Write Your Best Story Ever! Notebook

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As your child prepares their entry to enter our Bedtime Story Competition, where better to find inspiration than the Write Your Best Story Ever! Notebook? This how-to guide inspires children to write creatively and think about beginnings, middles and ends. It also includes top tips from Oxford word experts and covers action sequences, character creation and reveals how to craft the perfect ending.

Bedtime Story Competition 2018 Winner: The Incredible Journey

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Your young writer will find so much inspiration in Tom Burlison's Bedtime Story Competition 2018 winner, The Incredible Journey. This picture book story about a couple of friends' magical walks to school (through the power of their imagination, no less) made Tom one of the UK's youngest published authors and shows children just what they can achieve if they were to win this year's competition - where the theme is feelings.

Remember, your children can enter the Bedtime Story Competition at We’re accepting 200- to 800-word-stories across three age categories on the theme of feelings. Each category winner will receive £250 of books for them, and £250 of books for their school. One of those three winners will have their story chosen by our head judge to be illustrated, published and sold through The Book People, raising money for Save The Children.