Carpet Court Launches Storybook Challenge for Schools

CCN is pleased to announce Carpet Court, is launching an inspiring new competition across participating stores to encourage more shared reading in classrooms across Australia and provide schools with fun educational tools.

The Carpet Court Storybook Challenge is open now and giving primary schools located near participating Carpet Court stores the chance to win $1,000 in books and colourful reading mats for their classroom as well as individual book prizes.

Carpet Court's National Marketing Manager, Natasha Gallardo, said the aim of launching the Storybook Challenge and partnering with CCN was to encourage children to get excited about reading and writing and develop wider learning and literacy skills.

"Encouraging a love of reading at a young age can dramatically improve a child's confidence and ability to excel later in life. We hope that by providing sponsorship and support, we might make a difference to the next generation of Australians," she said

From 1 February  to 30 March the Carpet Court Storybook Challenge will be open to children from grades one to four at eligible schoolsin Victoria, WA, SA and Tasmania. Other states will get their chance to shine in terms two and three.

To enter, students must describe what they love most about their local community and provide an illustration. Kids can pick up an entry form for the Storybook Challenge from their local participating primary school, download one from or email

Eligible entries will be displayed on where you can vote for your favourite to help pick the top five finalists for each state region.

Finalists will be judged by a panel at Carpet Court, including a successful children's author, with winners for each participating store announced in April.

The Storybook Challenge is part of a wider community initiative called the Carpet Court Learning Network aimed at fostering literacy skills among Australia's youth.  Under this initiative, 2013 will see Carpet Court support our Young Australian Writing & Art Awards and run a book giving program, Carpet Court Book Drop for Kids.


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