The Bedtime Story Competition is coming back for 2019 which, of course, means we've got another celeb Head Judge lined up to read your fantastic stories and help us choose the next competition winner. We're thrilled to share the news that our next Head Judge will be the super talented Giovanna Fletcher!
Giovanna Fletcher is a bestselling author, podcast host and blogger. She's written novels including Some Kind of Wonderful, Dream a Little Dream and Billy and Me. That's not forgetting her latest writing project, Eve of Man, which she co-wrote with her husband, author and McFly band member, Tom Fletcher.
Giovanna also uses her writing to share her personal experiences of motherhood through her podcast and book, Happy Mum, Happy Baby. The book includes advice for parents as well as stories about what she's learnt since becoming a mother to her sons Buzz, Buddy and Max. From this, Giovanna started her hugely successful Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast with a range of celeb guests including Katie Piper and Emma Willis and The Book People favourite, Nadiya Hussain.
Alongside writing, parenting and podcast-ing, Giovanna also runs her own YouTube channel where she documents family life and videos of her podcast recordings. Plus, did you know she's also a singer? She made her concert debut in A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre in 2016 and starred in The Christmasaurus the following year!
We're so excited to be working with Giovanna on the Bedtime Story Competition. As a writer, she knows what to look out for in a good story and, as a mum to her three boys, she's very familiar with bedtime stories. Giovanna said: "I am delighted to be part of the judging team for this year's Book People Bedtime Story competition. My family and I have read and enjoyed the previous winning books, so I can't wait to start reading the entries and help find the nation's next young author! I love the fact that the winning story will be raising money for Save the Children's amazing work and with this year's theme centred around feelings, I am sure that there will be some really interesting narratives coming through."
If you know a young writer aged between 5 and 11 who would love the chance to see their story illustrated and published as a real picture book then make sure they get their entry on the topic of feelings into The Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2019.