Search for the top dog of storytelling
A search to find a British storytelling teacher who can bring books to life has been launched by TES and television programme Bookaboo.
The winning teacher will star in a special episode of the CITV children's programme to be filmed in their school and aired this winter. Bookaboo features a musical puppy who can play the drums only when he has a story read to him: celebrities who have read to him include singer Meat Loaf, actress Amanda Holden and former Spice Girl Mel C.
Lucy Goodman, of production company Happy Films, created the character after discovering that only 16 per cent of young children are regularly read to. The series, now in its third season, has won two Baftas and a British Animation Award.
The show, aimed at three- to six-year-olds, has also partnered with reading charities to distribute free books to young children in poor areas - so far it has given away 40,000.
To enter the competition, teachers need to submit a video of themselves reading aloud from any picture book of their choice. They will be voted for by users of the TES Connect website, with the final winner selected by Ms Goodman.
"We are so excited about the competition," she said. "Bookaboo is about sharing the reading experience and encouraging teachers, parents and carers to have fun reading aloud to children.
"We're looking for a teacher who knows how to bring books to life in the classroom and a school that loves books enough to welcome Bookaboo and join in the fun on national TV."
See www.tesconnect.combookaboo for full competition entry information.