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Famous illustrator launches YSB competition

Award-winning author and illustrator, Michael Foreman, is fronting the second annual Young ShelterBox 2011 Illustration Competition which launches this month.
Every year we invite children in primary schools across the UK to enter a competition and illustrate a page in a book. The books are part of a series examining what it’s like to be a part of a disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami or a flood.
This year’s book, The Day the Rain Came, is due to be published in October 2011 and will be on sale nationally. Michael will provide an illustration for the book and advice for children entering the competition.
Michael said he is delighted to be involved in the project: ‘I first heard about ShelterBox on a visit to Cornwall.  I was impressed that it is such a simple and concise idea.  Your donation doesn't disappear into a great black hole, it is very specific in that it actually goes towards a ShelterBox.
‘A ShelterBox contains everything a family would need to survive in the aftermath of a disaster including a tent, stove, blankets and tools. What I really like is that, amid the devastation of a major disaster, there is also a little rainbow for children - crayons and colouring book.  A simple gesture like that can mean so much to a child who has lost everything.  
Young ShelterBox has the aim of explaining disasters and disaster relief to children from a children's perspective.  It is a brilliant project with which I am delighted to be involved.’
Emma Nicholls, Young ShelterBox Manager, said: ‘We’re very excited that Michael has chosen to support this important project. Such an internationally respected author and illustrator will surely be an inspiration to all those who get involved.’
Foreman has over 180 books to his name. His array of prizes including the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice), the Smarties Book Prize (for his books War Game (novel), later turned into an animated short, and The Little Reindeer ), the Kurt Maschler Award, the Children's Book Award, the Bologna Book Prize and the Francis William's Illustration Award (twice). He has also illustrated many of Michael Morpurgo's books.
For more information or to enter the competition click here or email