No Holiday Clubs this year? Have fun at home instead!

Children need things to do at home!

Parents need fun things for their children to do!

Christian books are a brilliant way to encourage and inspire the whole family, so we have designed several activities/competitions for 7-12s related to our lovely book (one of our best sellers!): I Want to Be an Airline Pilot.

The competitions will help children draw near to God, and families to be built up in faith together!

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I Want to Be an Airline Pilot is an exciting story about Shema, an eight-year-old Rwandan goatherd, who discovers through a series of adventures (and near disasters!) that he has a Father in heaven who cares for him. The book is available as a paperback on our website, and 99p on kindle ($1.20)!

These are the activities/competitions we have set up so far:

  1. Write a poem based on the book
  2. Write a story based on characters in the book – and include yourself!
  3. Draw a picture of your favourite scene from the book
  4. Make a snake – using any materials you like!
  5. Write a prayer for the children of the world
  6. Take a photo of the book – be creative!
  7. Write a book review
  8. Design a publicity poster.

We may add to the competitions throughout the summer – if you have any ideas, please contact us!

What you need to do now:
  • Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  • Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  • Read the book and start doing the activities with your children!

Make the most of this opportunity to talk about the Lord while having fun! This time will stay in all our memories. Let’s make it a time to remember, not just for all the difficulties it brought, but as a time of drawing close to God.

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” – Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV)

These are the PRIZES (for each competition):

7-9s:

1ST PRIZE: Three books of your choice from the Dernier Publishing range

2nd PRIZE: Two books of your choice from the Dernier Publishing range

3rd PRIZE:  One book of your choice from the Dernier Publishing range

10-12s:

1ST PRIZE: Three books of your choice from the Dernier Publishing range

2nd PRIZE: Two books of your choice from the Dernier Publishing range

3rd PRIZE:  One book of your choice from the Dernier Publishing range

Poetry Competition

Here are the details of the poetry competition:

Write a poem about anything you read about in I Want to Be an Airline Pilot that touches your soul.

Your poem can be any length you like, in any style.

Here are some ideas:

  • Perhaps you might like to write about Africa
  • Perhaps you might like to write about hope for the future.
  • Perhaps you might like to write a thank you poem for the things you are grateful for
  • Perhaps you might like to write about different types of families
  • Perhaps you might like to write about something that’s happening in the world right now
  • Perhaps you might like to write a poem about goats eating T-shirts!

These are just ideas: if you have a better idea, that’s fine, too. It can be serious or funny – the choice is yours.

Poems in each age group (7-9s and 10-12s) will be judged separately.

Each person can only enter one poem, so make it your best ever!

When you have finished your poem, ask an adult to read the Rules and Information section before they send in your entry.

Enjoy writing your poem!

We are delighted that Paul Kerensa, stand-up comedian and comedy writer, has agreed to judge this competition.

Paul is author of several books, is a British Comedy Award-winner, and writes for  BBC’s Miranda, Not Going Out, Top Gear, ITV’s Royal Variety, C4’s TFI Friday and more. Paul’s two children (ages 7 and 9) will also help him choose the best poems, so it’s time to get writing!

If you would like your child to enter the poetry competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start writing your poems!

Write a Story Competition

Here are the details of the story competition:

First, read I Want to Be an Airline Pilot.

Now it’s time to put your own creative writing skills to work and write a fun story.

Pretend you are visiting Ishimwe, Shema and Maji, or pretend they are visiting you. Write about an adventure you have together.

Maximum 500 words.

Stories in each age group (7-9s and 10-12s) will be judged separately.

A judge has yet to be appointed, but watch this space!

You can only send in one entry, so make sure your story is the very best you have ever written!

When you have finished your story, ask an adult to read the Rules and Information section before they send in your entry.

Enjoy writing your story!

Here are a few quick writing tips:

  • Try to have a gripping beginning, an exciting middle and a satisfying ending.
  • Use some strong words. For example, you might grip or clutch a piece of paper, instead of just holding it.
  • Try to think of using all the senses. If you’re in a forest after the rain, what does the air smell like? What can you see? Can you feel the soft earth under your feet? What can you hear close by, or in the distance?

If you would like your child to enter the story competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start writing your stories!

Picture Competition

Here are the details of the picture competition:

Do you love art and craft? If you do, this competition is for you.

1. Read I Want to Be an Airline Pilot (or get someone to read it to you!).

2. Draw, paint or make a collage of your favourite scene in the story.

3. Ask an adult to take a photo and send it to us!

You can use any kind of materials for your picture and can be any size you like.

You can only send in one entry, so make sure it’s the very best you can do!

Pictures in each age group (7-9s and 10-12s) will be judged separately.

We are delighted that Ben and Hannah Dunnett will be judging this competition! Hannah is a Christian artist of international renown – she even has a Bible illustrated with her inspirational pictures.

When you have finished your picture, ask an adult to read the Rules and Information section before they send in your entry.

Enjoy being creative!

If you would like your child to enter the picture competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start creating!

Photography Competition

Here are the details of the photography competition:

Perhaps writing is not so much your thing, but you love being creative with a camera? If so, this competition is for you!

All you have to do is take a photograph of your copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot!

Perhaps one of your cuddly toys could be ‘reading’ the book, or maybe you could take a photo of the book in the garden surrounded by flowers? Maybe you could balance the book on your mum’s head?

Your imagination is the limit! You can even strap the book to a space rocket if you wish (if you can find one… :-)).

Limit: ONE photograph per entrant. So take lots, then choose your best one!

There are two age groups for this competition:
7-9s and 10-12s – a winner will be chosen from each age group.

Judges: Andrew and Juno Evans of Lutu photography will judge the competition.

Here are three useful tips for taking a good photograph:

  1. Try to find an interesting background
  2. Avoid light shining off the cover
  3. Early morning or evening give the best light if you take your photo outside

When you have taken your photos and decided which one is the best, ask an adult to read the Rules and Information section before they send in your entry.

Enjoy getting creative – we look forward to seeing your photos!

If you would like your child to enter the photography competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start your photo shoot!

Write a Review Competition

Here are the details of the ‘Write a Review’ competition:

First you need to read the story, or get someone to read it with you!

You might like to use the following prompts for your review:

  • What was the story about?
  • What did you like (or not) about the characters?
  • What part did you like most?
  • What did you learn from the story?
  • Did the story help you to understand more about God? In what way?

You can make your review as long or as short as you like, but try to make it as interesting as you can.

Reviews in each age group (7-9s and 10-12s) will be judged separately.

A judge has yet to be appointed, but watch this space!

When you have finished writing your review, ask an adult to read the Rules and Information section before they send in your entry.

Enjoy writing your review!

If you would like your child to enter this competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start writing your reviews!

Make a Snake Competition

Here are the details of the make a snake competition:

Like making things? This is the competition for you!

In the story, Shema and Sam face a black spitting cobra.

How about making your own snake? Then you can pretend to be Shema!

You can make your snake out of anything you like.

Making a snake out of paper is fun!

Do you like sewing? You could make one out of fabric.

Do you like knitting (or always wanted to learn?) Why not knit a long, slithery snake with lots of colours?

Perhaps you could make a snake out of cakes, or pebbles, or a sock, or bricks?

The choice is yours.

When you’ve finished your creation, send us a photo.

Perhaps you will win a prize!

If you would like your child to enter the make a snake competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start creating your snake!

Write a Prayer Competition

Here are the details of the ‘write a prayer’ competition:

At the beginning of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, Shema doesn’t know about God, and doesn’t understand what prayer is, but he soon learns!

For this competition, could you write a prayer for the children of the world?

Prayer is a wonderful thing – the Lord hears us when we pray, so writing a prayer for the children of the world is a wonderful thing to do. When you have written it, you can pray it with your family or on your own. Maybe one day you can pray it with your church family!

Prayers written by 7-9s and 10-12s will be judged separately.

A judge has yet to be appointed, but watch this space!

You can only send in one entry, so make sure you are happy with your prayer before you send it to us.

Enjoy writing your prayer!

If you would like your child to enter the write a prayer competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start writing your prayer!

Video Review Competition

Here are the details of the video review competition:

If you have always wanted to be a TV presenter, this competition is for you!

First you need to read I Want to Be an Airline, or get someone to read it with you.

As with the written review might like to use the following prompts:

  • What was the story about?
  • What did you like (or not) about the characters?
  • What part did you like most?
  • What did you learn from the story?
  • Did the story help you to understand more about God? In what way?

Hint: jot down a few notes before you start, so you know what you want to say.

You can make your review as long or as short as you like, but try to make it as interesting as you can.

(An adult can video you, and do the editing. You just have to be on the screen, doing the presenting.)

Video reviews in each age group (7-9s and 10-12s) will be judged separately.

A judge has yet to be appointed, but watch this space!

When you have finished writing your review, ask an adult to read the Rules and Information section before they send in your entry.

Enjoy doing your review!

If you would like your child to enter the write a prayer competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start writing your prayer!

Design a Publicity Poster

Here are the details of the video review competition:

Do you love designing? If you do, this is the competition is for you!

Your brief, should you wish to accept it, is to design a publicity poster for I Want to Be an Airline Pilot.

You can use any kind of materials for your poster, and it can be any size you like. You can make your poster on a computer, or draw it by hand.

Here are some tips for designing an eye-catching poster:

  • Use colour creatively
  • Have an attention-grabbing headline
  • Don’t use too many words
  • Include an eye-catching picture.

You can only send in one entry, so make sure it’s the very best you can do!

Posters in each age group (7-9s and 10-12s) will be judged separately.

We don’t have a judge for this competition yet, but watch this space!

When you have finished your poster, ask an adult to read the Rules and Information section before they send in your entry.

Enjoy being creative!

If you would like your child to enter the poster design competition:

  1. Buy a copy of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, or download the kindle version wherever you are in the world (Scroll down for links. You can read kindle books on any digital device.)
  2. Read the guidelines for parents/carers (Scroll down again!).
  3. Read the book and start designing!

Kindle Book Links

Here are the links to buy I Want to Be an Airline Pilot on Amazon’s Kindle Store, so you can join in the fun right now, wherever you are in the world! (You can read kindle books on any digital device with Amazon’s free app.) Simply click on your Amazon store to go direct to the book.

United States

United Kingdom

Germany

France

Spain

Italy

Netherlands

Japan

Brazil

Canada

Mexico

Australia

India

If you have any problems with any of these links, please let us know, eek!

Rules and Information 🙂

Entry for all competitions is completely FREE: the only thing we ask you to do is join our email list, which you can do at the bottom of the page (plus you also get 10% off your first order, even on sale items!).

We ask for your email address because we can only keep in touch with you if you give us permission, and it also helps us avoid phishing emails. 🙂 Please be assured that we send interesting emails responsibly, with good news and offers. And you can always unsubscribe at any time.

  1. Please send your competition entries to info@dernierpublishing.com. In the body of the email please make sure you give us the name (or pseudonym) and age of the entrant, plus your full name.
  2. We will email you to request your full postal address if your child is a winner, so make sure you put our email address in your safe senders folder!
  3. Entry into the competition denotes agreement for us to use your child’s entry for publicity purposes, but please be assured we take your child’s online safety very seriously. We NEVER publish any child’s full name or their address.
  4. Entering any of the competitions denotes acceptance of our privacy policy, which you can read here.
  5. We will be sending you emails from time to time about the competitions and other Dernier news. Please hit the unsubscribe button if you do not want to receive them. Please be assured we take your privacy seriously.
  6. These competitions are run by Dernier Publishing, P.O. Box 793, Orpington, BR6 1FA.
  7. Participants must be aged 7-12 to enter any of the competitions.
  8. Participants can enter as many competitions as they like, but may only enter each competition once.
  9. Name (or pseudonym) and age of the child must be clearly marked on each entry.
  10. All entries must be submitted by an adult aged 18+. Please email all entries to info@dernierpublishing.com. Entries may be handwritten/drawn and photographed, or sent as a Word or LibreOffice document.
  11. All entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday, 31st August 2020.
  12. The decisions of the judges are final.
  13. The prizes are not exchangeable for cash.
  14. We reserve the right to add to or change any of these terms and conditions at any time.

OK, now it’s time to go and have some fun!


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