I have previously blogged about the Munchtime Storytelling competition and now the voting for the competition has closed and the winner has been revealed….
Kirstie Ferrett a mother from Ealing has won this year’s children’s story writing competition run by Munch Bunch® yoghurt brand, after her story Munch and her Wished for Friend was voted by the nation as the favourite.
The runners up were: The Rainbow Picnic by Vanessa Cruse from Bournemouth, Munch Jumps over the moooon! by David Codd from Lincolnshire and Munch and Friends Udderly Fantastic Olympic Day by Sarah Jones of Lytham St Annes. Each receives prize funds of £500.
Kirstie, 42 said: “I am completely blown away. It is just wonderful that someone like me, with no experience of writing, can win a competition like this. I had such positive feedback throughout the voting period but never thought for one minute I would actually win.”
The winning tale was inspired by the special relationship between Kirstie’s two daughters Elice, 10 and Jayme, aged six. Elice is severely learning disabled and Kirstie wanted her story to remind children that differences should be accepted and celebrated. The story is about friends who help and care for each other.
While Kirstie will have her story published online and win £1,000, Ealing libraries will also receive a cash injection of £1,500 from the Munch Bunch® brand as it continues to encourage parents to read to young children. The funds will be put towards the refurbishment of Kirstie’s local library in Hanwell.
In a recent survey of parents with children aged under five, Munch Bunch® found that 1 in 5 have never visited their local library. A quarter of busy parents said they out-source story time with their children to someone else and less than a third read to their little ones daily. Half of the 2,000 parents quizzed said they were too tired or busy for story time with their children, and that work came first.
Child psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson, who has been involved with the ‘Munch Time’ story writing competition for the last three years, says:
“This year’s entries have been of the highest standard. Creating stories is a wonderfully creative and rewarding activity for parents to enjoy with their little ones. Story time with very young children is not just beneficial for their intellectual development, it is a magical opportunity to bond, which even the busiest of parents should make time for.”
Kirstie’s story can be seen, alongside the three runner up stories, at www.munchtime.co.uk where there is also information for any budding authors who feel inspired to enter next year’s competition!