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Petts Wood Cbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell joins search for Britain’s next big children’s author

PUBLISHED: 17:27 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:27 31 October 2017

Cerrie Burnell

Cerrie Burnell

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The competition is open to anyone

Author and children’s TV presenter Cerrie Burnell has joined a search for the country’s next big children’s author.

Amazon has added the former Petts Wood Cbeebies’ star to a panel of judges which includes illustrator Ian Beck and Taffy Thomas, the UK’s first storytelling laureate.

The competition is looking for a modern-day interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol of no more than 1,000 words.

The winner will have their book illustrated by esteemed children’s illustrator Ian Beck before being made available to millions via the Amazon store ahead of Christmas.

A former actress and playwright, Miss Burnell, who was born without the lower half of her left arm, said: “I cannot wait to start reading this year’s batch of stories.

“As a children’s author myself, I love a good read and am keen to see the stories the British publican dreams up.

“The idea of helping to find the next big British children’s author is just an added bonus.”

The competition closes on November 7, to enter visit www.amazon.co.uk/christmaskindle.

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