Are you a storytelling superstar?

ARE you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

Two of the country’s best loved children’s writers, Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and acclaimed author, Cressida Cowell, have teamed up with World Book Day to find the UK’s first Storytelling Superstar, somebody who thrills and charms a young audience when they read to them.

Julia and Cressida have enchanted millions with books such as The Gruffalo and How to Train Your Dragon, and they are now on a quest to uncover parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, teachers or librarians in Coleraine who add an extra element of fun when they read aloud to a young audience.

They are now urging for video nominations of the country’s most skilled and passionate storytellers in Coleraine in action.

It’s simple to enter. Just visit the special Storytelling Superstar page at and follow the instructions to upload a short clip of the storytelling master. Entries close this Sunday, February 12. ‘

Julia said: “All children love being told a story, and a good storyteller can transport his or her listeners into a different world.

Cressida said: “We’re looking for people who bring the reading experience to life and create excitement around story time. It could be they `act’ out a story, use funny voices, make tales up or even simply ensure children join in.”

Local libraries and bookseller, Waterstones, are also supporting Storytelling Superstar and helping to recruit entries from across the borough.