An international competition for children’s handwritten books begins in Murmansk

It will last from November 17, 2022 to March 1, 2023. Both children (from the age of five) and older children (under 21) from Russia and abroad can participate in it. The main thing is that the contestants must write the book themselves, although the help of adults is not excluded.

The competition work must be published in the form of a book, that is, have a binding, cover, title page, information about the author, illustrator and table of contents.

More details about the contest can be found on the official website of the Murmansk Regional Children’s and Youth Library named after V.P. Makhaeva. It was this library that initiated a creative competition for young authors a quarter of a century ago. Over 42 thousand people have participated in it for 25 years. Young authors from 65 cities of Russia have created a total of 8313 handwritten books.

The competition “All the colors of the north” gave birth to several other projects – for example, a manuscript book museum was born thanks to it. There you can see a variety of genre, form and execution of the book. Among them there are works on historical and ecological themes, adventures, fantasy, collections of poems. They have been made as coloring books as well as travel guides, toy books, layout books, monument miniatures and even pillow books.

Our manuscript museum’s collection is constantly traveling. His expositions have already been seen by residents not only of all cities of the Murmansk region, but also of many regions of Russia and even foreign countries. The unique editions created by children’s hands visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Veliky Novgorod, Vologda, Lipetsk, Kursk, Petrozavodsk, Pskov, Saratov and other cities of our country, as well as Norway, Finland, Sweden. Only this autumn, the works of the winners of the international children’s manuscript book competition were presented in Sevastopol, Simferopol, Stavropol, Syktyvkar and Samara. As noted by visitors to the exhibition held in the capital of Crimea, the modern reader will not be surprised by the excellently designed cover of the book and the magnificent illustrations. But these children’s creations – wooden, made of fabric, leather, salt dough, leather, felt – amaze with their unusualness and “homemade”.


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