The Mayoral Make-A-Book Literacy Challenge is an extremely popular community program for young budding authors and illustrators. Last year, there were over 798 amazing original entries, with 51 lucky individuals and 11 class entries winning some awesome prizes.
Entries are now closed.
The MAB Literacy Challenge gives you a taste of what it is like to create your own book. It’s also a fun, creative way of practising study skills and processes you’ll eventually be doing at higher levels in school. And, of course, there are fantastic prizes up for grabs. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Entries are sorted by year level, and distributed to a large team of volunteer judges (who are also City of Charles Sturt employees by day). Each judge chooses their top three favourites from their bundle of entries; these make up the SHORTLIST. The shortlisted entries are then read at a special judging night. The panel involves Charles Sturt librarians and notable members of the community. This is a similar process to how the Children’s Book Week winners are decided.
In early November, the Mayor will present prizes to the makers of the most outstanding individual and small collaborative entries. Each will receive a lovely book with commemorative bookplate and a certificate. One lucky winner from each year level will also be invited to have their entry featured on the Charles Sturt website as an ebook for a whole year! You can see last year's winners here:
The most outstanding large group entries—made by class collaborations and even whole schools—are also selected and awarded a book (suitable for class use) with commemorative bookplate and a certificate. These are usually presented at a school assembly by a Charles Sturt Library Service representative.
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