Bookaboo competition - The finalists

Bookaboo creator Lucy Goodman, together with CiTV's Head of Programming Jamila Metran, have chosen Des Hegarty as the winner of our competition. Tune in to the special episode featuring Des and Wilbury Primary on Saturday 14 December at 7.25am on ITV and CITV, and Friday 20 December at 10.50am on CITV.

Des Hegarty said: “When I found out I ran straight to my headship team at Wilbury to share the news and we celebrated together. I am so lucky to be working in such a supportive school and I can't thank people enough for their generous words of encouragement. I feel just totally brilliant and hearing the children cheer was unforgettable. Thank you TES and Lucy. I feel extremely proud for Wilbury School and our wonderful children and I can't wait to celebrate with my wife and daughter. Funtabugloriusness!”

Bookaboo creator Lucy Goodman said: "ITV and I were hugely impressed with the standard of auditions sent in by teachers taking part; so much so that picking a winner from the two finalists was incredibly tough. Emma Taylor's reading of 'When I Woke Up, I Was a Hippopotamus' was engaging, warm, vibrant and her natural sense of rhythm just shone through. Des Hegarty, however, just pipped Emma to the post, entrancing us with some of his voice characterisations in what was a very close final indeed. I am hugely appreciative of all the effort that teachers taking part put into auditioning for this competition. What I couldn't help feeling overall was what extraordinary talent we have in our UK schools and just how lucky pupils are to have teachers like these."

Read Des' behind-the-scences blog.

The finalists

Amanda Marty
Fawcett Primary School

Watch Amanda reading 'The Gruffalo'

Des Hegarty
Wilbury Primary School

Watch Bookaboo winner Des reading 'You Can't Scare a Princess'

Emma Taylor
Giffnock Primary School

Watch Emma reading 'When I Woke Up, I was a Hippopotamus'

Lyndsey Allsopp
St Edmundsbury CEVA Primary
Bury St Edmunds

Watch Lyndsey reading 'Big Bad Wolf is Good'

Phil Sheppard
Hexthorpe Primary School

Watch Phil reading 'The Lamb Who Came For Dinner'

Ruth Pearson
Bessacarr Primary School

Watch Ruth reading 'Giraffes Can't Dance'

About the competition

Earlier this year we invited teachers at book-loving primary schools across the UK to send in a video of themselves reading aloud from a picture book. The best teacher will star in an episode of hit children’s show Bookaboo, reading aloud to their class.

Find out more about Bookaboo, watch exclusive episodes featuring Johnny Vegas, Amanda Holden and Tamsin Egerton and download free teaching resources.