I recently designed a Christmas-themed monster colouring sheet, so I thought it would be a fun idea to organise a colouring competition for children! I was initially planning on giving away a copy of my picture book in my giveaway (see here if you would like to enter!), but I realised that actually I'd much rather ensure it was going to a new home where a child would be able to enjoy it - after all, that is who it was created for! I'd really love as many children as possible to get involved, so if you don't have children of your own, please share this with friends, family or any other little ones you know.
The competition is very easy to enter. Simply download the colouring sheet below, print out a copy, and let your little one to attack with his or her crayons. Once your child has finished, take as clear a photo as possible of their artwork, and either email or tweet it to me, along with the child's name and age. I'm going to set a guideline age limit of 9 years old, as I think that by that age, the book will probably be getting a little too young for children to enjoy. However, I'm not going to strictly enforce this age limit, so if you have a child who is a little older and still wants to get involved, then their entries are very welcome too! I will post all photos of the children's artwork on my blog, so everyone can admire their work.
The winning entry will receive a signed copy of my illustrated children's picture book I'm A Little Bit Scared Of... The judging of the entries will not be based on colouring ability, so please don't worry if your son or daughter is one of the younger children to enter - the prize won't be awarded based on the entrant's ability to colour within the lines. I'm much more interested in the children having fun whilst being creative, so please allow your children to be creative and express themselves and use whatever colours they like. Your child can also use any material they like to colour the image - they're not limited to using crayons if they'd prefer to use coloured pencils, felt tips etc.
As this is a busy time of year for everyone, I'm going to keep the competition running for a few weeks to give you, and your little ones, enough time to do their colouring - maybe a little activity to keep them occupied on a rainy day during the Christmas holidays! To be in with a chance of winning, entries must be received by New Year's Eve, and I will announce the winner on the first day of 2013!
I am really excited to see all the entries, so please spread the word and get involved!
Good luck to all your little monsters!
*I am also currently running an awesome giveaway for big grown-up people too - find out how to win lots of illustrated goodies here.