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This summer term, we asked children to send us their own dazzling National Book Token designs, from the school crest doodled in ink, a pencil drawing of the entire class, to something completely different.

Six weekly winners throughout May and June each had their artwork made into up to 35 gift cards, each loaded with £10/€10 to spend on brilliant books – that's one for them, and one for everyone else in their class!

The competition is now closed and you can see all the winners below, plus a selection of our favourite entries. 


National Book Tokens gift cardsNational Book Tokens have been inspiring booklovers since 1932. We work with our charity partners at World Book Day, Book Aid International and Read for Good – and through the thousands of people who give National Book Tokens as gifts and rewards each year – to encourage a lifelong love of reading among children everywhere.

Accepted in thousands of bookshops and online, National Book Tokens are the perfect way to reward and inspire.


Last year's winners

We were blown away by the talent on show in 2020! Each winning young designer and their classmates received a £10/€10 National Book Token – emblazoned with the winning artwork – to inspire them to choose their next favourite book from their local bookshop.



The Winners


Congratulations to Bluebelle, age 10, from Combe Down Primary School in Bath - our sixth and final winner for 2021! Her beautiful design reminds us that books have the power to transport and unite us; she and her classmates will each receive a gift card bearing her wonderful artwork and loaded with £10 to spend on books. 


Jessica's winning National Book Token design



This year's winners so far


Terms and Conditions

Prizes: Up to £350/€350 (£10/€10 x 35) of personalised National Book Tokens will be awarded to six winners and the children in their class at school

Winners will be chosen weekly after Monday 10th May, Monday 17th May, Monday 24th May, Monday 31st May, Monday 7th June and Monday 14th June 2021

National Book Tokens will be supplied in Sterling (if the winner is located in the UK) or Euros (if the winner is located in the Republic of Ireland).

  • Entries must be received by 11:59pm on Sunday 13th June 2021. Entries received after this date will not be accepted. 
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Artwork can be submitted by children in Reception onwards, aged between 4 and 18, and in full-time education at a school or sixth form college in the UK or Ireland, or who are being home-schooled at a setting in the UK or Ireland. For the purposes of this prize draw a 'school' is defined as any public sector or independent primary, middle or secondary school, special school, or pupil referral unit.
  • In the event of a home-schooled child being picked as a winner, the prize will be a £10/€10 National Book Tokens gift card for them, and one for any other children aged between 4-16 being homeschooled in the same setting (e.g. siblings).
  • The person submitting the entry must be aged 18 or over and be either the legal parent/guardian of the child on whose behalf they are submitting the entry, or be the child's teacher or other member of teaching staff at the school named on the entry form. By submitting the entry, the entrant gives permission for the child to enter the competition and accepts all the associated conditions of entry as stated here.
  • Only one entry per child will be accepted. School staff and parents/guardians may send in entries for multiple children.
  • All submissions should be produced on A4 paper using the template provided. If you do not have access to a printer, a blank piece of A4 paper may be used. If you do not have access to a scanner (in order to upload the entry to the online form), you can take a photo of the entry instead. 
  • All entries must submitted using the entry form at Entries supplied without any of the requisite information (as indicated by an * on the form) may be void.
  • If you are a teacher or other school staff and wish to send multiple (10 or more) entries, please download the multiple entries template then use this form to get in touch. We'll reply with the email address that you should send your entries to. 
  • Entries only need to be submitted once - all accumulated entries will be considered when judging takes place each week.
  • Entrants must retain a physical copy of the original artwork in case it is required by the Promoter. If the original artwork is lost or discarded, a new winner may need to be selected.
  • The Promoter is unable to confirm receipt of entries and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winners will be contacted by email about the prize so as to arrange delivery. We may request the name (and contact details, if possible) of the child's teacher so we can contact them about the prize, so they may let the rest of the class know.
  • In the event of the winner not responding when contacted via email after 7 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize. In exceptional circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to foreclose the competition without notice.
  • Each prize of up to £350/€350 will be allocated as personalised National Book Tokens gift cards in up to 35 x £10/€10 denominations, one for each child in the winner's class.
  • Each personalised National Book Tokens gift card will feature the winning design. 
  • The images and/or text used to personalise the gift cards must be compliant with our terms and conditions for personalised gift cards, including compliance with copyright laws. For full details of these terms and conditions please click here.
  • The images and/or text may be edited/resized in order to position it onto the gift card template. 
  • Copyright on all entries submitted will remain with the individual creators.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd., their families, employees of participating bookshops, and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  • Entrants agree to the Promoter using their details (including the child's name, school and age), in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified. Winners’ details may be shared securely with a third-party in order to fulfil the dispatch of competition prizes. Where the sharing of this information would present a safeguarding concern, some or all of these details may be withheld upon request.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, incorrect, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Automatically generated entries or entries via third parties are invalid and shall not be considered.
  • The Promoter is unfortunately unable to return entries to the entrant. 
  • The Promoter's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  • The Promoter will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd., 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.
  • Due to the public health crisis (Covid-19), prizes may be delayed in being printed and dispatched to winners; there may be a delay in contacting winners; there may be unavoidable issues that mean the Promoter needs to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize.

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