#40bookyears libraries competition – win Elmer furniture

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Library staff and practitioners: Win one of five sets of furniture and books for your library worth over £1,500 each!

To celebrate National Libraries Day and the 40th anniversary of Andersen Press, the children’s publisher has teamed up with CILIP and The Reading Agency to invite libraries across the country to join in the #40bookyears libraries competition!

Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing many award-winning authors and illustrators and is home to much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. In their 40th anniversary year, Andersen Press want to celebrate by giving something back to libraries who have always supported them over the years.



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To enter:

Simply share a photo that you feel represents 40 years of chidren’s books

Tweet your entry using the hashtag #40bookyears and also email a copy of your entry to andersenpublicity@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk, stating which library you are from in your tweet or email.

Open and closing dates

The competition is open from 6th February 2016 and the deadline for entries is 6 May 2016. The winners will be announced on the first “Elmer Day” taking place on Saturday 28th May.

Photograph of Elmer creator David McKee

“From when she could first read until her death at 95, my mother was a passionate reader. She could never have afforded to buy even a small part of what she read. She depended on the library for advice and choice of book. There is a rich mass of literature that is our heritage. Thanks to the library, my mother was able to tap into that heritage and receive enormous pleasure and knowledge. That same possibility has to be available to everyone. Long live the libraries.”

Elmer creator David McKee


Competition terms and conditions

The competition is open to public and school libraries in the UK.

You must be a library practitioner to enter on behalf of a library.

The prize will be awarded to a library, not an individual.

More than one one person can enter on behalf of one library.

For more information contact andersenpublicity@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk