12 Reads of Christmas Winners!

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Father Christmas definitely has been and we’re still basking in the festive spirit, thanks to everyone who took part in our 12 Reads of Christmas competition!

We felt just like his elves, checking through hundreds upon hundreds of entries to find our 12 winners. Before we get to the main event, we’d like to thank everyone who took part, filling our Christmassy countdown with creativity and imagination. Thank you!

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But while we countdown our 12 wonderful winners, let’s take a look at our challenge answers!

On the first day of Christmas, we were giving away Matt Haig’s festive tale all about the origins of Father Christmas, a ‘Boy Called Christmas’. To kick us off, we wanted to know how this story connected with the rhyme ‘A Partridge in a Pear Tree’.

The answer was… both the story and the rhyme are about beginnings!

Well done, Emma Black!

On the second day of Christmas, we were giving away Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobb’s story about the worst Christmassy mix-up; waking up on Christmas morning to find that a naughty twin has a stocking full of gifts, but the good twin has nothing at all. But how does this connect to the rhyme ‘Two Turtle Doves’?

The answer was… the story is about twins!

Well done, Esther Green!    

On the third day of Christmas, everyone’s favourite Parisian orphan is whisked away on a Christmas carpet ride in ‘Madeline’s Christmas’ by Ludwig Bemelmans. So how does this connect to the rhyme ‘Three French Hens’?

The answer was… the Madeline stories are French, just like the hens!

Well done, Claudia Bakeev!

On the fourth day of Christmas, we wanted to know what connected the rhyme ‘Four Calling Birds’ and C.S Lewis’ classic tale that conjures up winter in any imagination.

The answer was… The main characters in ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ are four siblings.

Well done, Jo Lucy!

On the fifth day of Christmas, we were giving away Steve Antony’s adorable tale, ‘The Queen’s Present’ we follow the Queen as she joins Father Christmas to find the best present ever. How did this link to the rhyme ‘Five Gold Rings’?

The answer was… gold is a gift fit for royalty!

Well done, Helen Graham!

On the sixth day of Christmas, we were looking for the link between the rhyme ‘Six Geese a-Laying’ and Shannon Hale’s modern reworking of the Brother’s Grimm’s classic fairy tale. ‘The Goose Girl’ is a beautiful young adult story, perfect for adults and teens alike.

The answer was… the original story and its retelling revolve around geese!

Well done, Shelley F. Knight!

On the seventh day of Christmas, we stuck with fairy tales as we asked you what connected the tale of the Ugly Duckling and the rhyme ‘Seven Swans a-Swimming’.

The answer was… the Ugly Duckling grows up to be a beautiful swan!

Well done, Helen Klaustrup!

On the eighth day of Christmas, we were giving away Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story of a little old lady who thinks her house is too tiny, and the farmyard animals who put everything into perspective! So how did this connect with the rhyme ‘Eight Maids a-Milking’?

The answer was… a cow is the last animal to squeeze into the tiny house!

Well done, Lori Reattoire!

On the ninth day of Christmas, we were looking for the connection to the rhyme ‘Eight Ladies Dancing’. For many, the season isn’t complete without ‘the Nutcracker’ and reading this evocative retelling by the New York City Ballet, is like stepping into the Land of Sweets.

The answer was… the Nutcracker is a traditional ballet, which features lots of ladies dancing!

Well done, Katherine Sheldrake!

On the tenth day of Christmas, we were giving away a set of beautiful tales written by legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien. These stories recounted the antics of Father Christmas along with his helpers and friends, but how did this book connect to the rhyme ‘Ten Lords a-Leaping’.

The answer was… J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for his fantasy world created in ‘The Lord of the Rings’!

Well done, Deborah Allmand!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, we were giving away an oldie with a link to the rhyme ‘Eleven Pipers Piping’. There’s nothing quite like Dicken’s classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’, to get anyone in the festive spirit.

The answer was… carols and pipers are both forms of music!

Well done, Liesl Couperthwaite!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, we rounded up our competition in a tiny village in the mountains of Switzerland in Michael Morpurgo’s adventure, ‘Mimi and the Mountain Dragon’. But how does a story about dragons connect to the rhyme ‘Twelve Drummers Drumming’?

The answer was… drums are what the villagers use to scare dragons away!

Well done, Neil Stirk!

Congratulations to all of our winners, but everyone who took part deserves a tremendous thank you! We will be contacting all of our winners directly via the social media channels they submitted through, but if you’ve won a prize, you can also email support@writestorybooksforchildren.com to confirm your address.

From all of us here at Write Storybooks for Children, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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