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Tell us a story in one drawing

Discover Aaron Slater, Illustrator. His art makes a difference. His art leads the way. And helps him discover what he wants to say!

To celebrate Aaron Slater, Illustrator, we're giving young artists aged 0-12 the chance to win some fantastic goodies. We're challenging them to tell us a story in one picture. Whether that's a drawing, painted picture, or funny doodle – it's completely up to them. Send us a scan or photo of their picture using our form below before Wednesday 5th January. And don't forget a title for their story, too!

We'll whittle down a shortlist of 30 entries, and the winner and runners-up will be chosen by illustrator David Roberts.

The winner will receive: 

  • A copy of Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts
  • A set of Derwent Academy Art Pencils
  • A Questioneers book bundle (containing a copy of Ada Twist, Scientist; Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Sofia Valdez, Future Prez)
  • A signed Aaron Slater, Illustrator print by David Roberts
  • A £50/€60 National Book Tokens gift card, featuring Ada Twist

3 runners-up will receive a Questioneers book bundle and a £10/€15 National Book Tokens gift card.

The winners will be announced in January, so have fun letting your art lead the way over the Christmas break.

This competition has now ended. The winner and runners-up are announced below.





We're delighted to announce that the winner and runners-up, chosen by illustrator David Roberts, are...


The Kraken Who Likes to Steal Treasure
"The Kraken Who Likes to Steal Treasure"

Congratulations to 11-year-old Antoni! 

"A perfectly composed image with clear storytelling yet leaving just enough to the viewer's imagination. Like a snapshot of a dramatic moment! The colour helped create atmosphere and drama. And a wonderfully monstrous Kraken. It's remarkable how expressive the picture is even though the characters don’t have faces! Brilliant!" - David Roberts


Crooked Pants Villain: Revenge of the Socks
"Crooked Pants Villain: Revenge of the Socks" by Chieyiem, age 9

"Hilariously funny, full of drama and movement, a riot of colours! I've never seen so many vengeful looking socks! Full of intricate details and brilliant storytelling. Spectacular!" - David Roberts

"Difference" by Zelda, age 10

"Brilliantly odd and thought provoking picture. Its story is not at first obvious, and let's the viewer create a narrative of their own. A strange and intriguing landscape beautifully drawn, with intriguing characters. Captivating!" - David Roberts

How to Look After Your Croc Family
"How to Look After Your Croc Family" by Emily, age 8

"A wonderfully mischievous crocodile with a fantastic expression grinning with her saw-like teeth and wicked glint in her eye. Drawn in dramatic scale with visual jokes like the size of the tooth brush. Fabulous!" - David Roberts

Thank you to everyone who sent in their stories!

Terms and Conditions

1 x winner will receive:

  • A copy of Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts
  • A set of Derwent Academy Art Pencils
  • A Questioneers book bundle (containing a copy of Ada Twist, ScientistIggy Peck, ArchitectRosie Revere, Engineer; and Sofia Valdez, Future Prez)
  • An signed Aaron Slater, Illustrator print by David Roberts
  • A £50/€60 National Book Tokens gift card, featuring Ada Twist

3 x runners-up will receive a Questioneers book bundle and a £10/€15 National Book Tokens gift card.

  • By entering this competition, you also agree to the National Book Tokens Website Terms and Conditions.
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  • Closing date: 11:59pm, Wednesday 5th January 2022.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one picture per child will be accepted. The child may not win more than one prize.
  • The adult submitting the child's entry must be aged 18 or over. The child must be aged 12 or younger at the time of entry.
  • The adult may enter on behalf of more than one child by completing each entry form separately. 
  • The adult must be the child's parent, family member, or guardian. The competition may not be entered by the child's educational institute. 
  • The entry must be scanned or photographed, and on A4 paper. The entry may be drawn on A4 paper in pen, pencil, paint, digitally or any other artistic medium. 
  • 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.
  • 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 unable to confirm receipt of entries and no correspondence will entered into. 
  • Entrants agree to the Promoter using their details, and their child's details, in post-competition publicity. The 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 (such as the publisher) in order to fulfil the dispatch of competition prizes.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives, and are subject to availability. 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.
  • If National Book Tokens gift cards or e-Gift cards, or Bookily cards are included in the prize, they can be spent in participating bookshops. Find out more.
  • If signed copies are included in the prize, books will either be signed directly by the author/illustrator(s) or signed bookplates will be provided (either separately or stuck in the book).
  • The Promoter will choose a shortlist of 30 entries from all qualifying entries. These 30 entries will be sent to David Roberts, who will select the winners.
  • The Promoter will contact winners by email in January. In the event of a winner not responding after 14 days, the Promoter reserves the right to allocate the prize to another winner, or foreclose the prize. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for winners not receiving the Promoter’s communications due to their spam filter, accidental deletion, incorrect email provided, or for any other reason. In the event of this, the Promoter is unable to provide compensation.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for winners not receiving their prize once it has been dispatched. On a case-by-case basis, the Promoter will do their best to compensate the winner but regretfully this may not always be possible.
  • 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 ongoing pandemic (COVID-19), there may be a delay in prizes being dispatched or delay in contacting winners due to the availability of such prizes. The Promoter accepts no liability for the delay of prizes being received and is unable to compensate for delays or any other unavoidable issues.


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