Competition + help make the world’s longest ever chain of paper dolls

For my 30th birthday party, I made table games. The games revolved around world record challenges – how many spoons can you balance on your face, how many Ferrero Rocher can you eat in a minute, that sort of thing.

God I’m fun.

It’s clearly a bit of a family trait as my step-sister and award-winning illustrator Rebecca Cobb is currently involved in a world record attempt of her own. She is trying to make the world’s longest ever chain of paper dolls – 3km to be precise – to raise money for Save the Children. You can find out more and contribute your own dolls to the chain here.

Bee, Belle and I have done ours:

paper dolls

The idea comes from The Paper Dolls – the latest in an ever growing chain of fantastic children’s book that Rebecca has illustrated. Paper Dolls is written by Julia Donaldson and is currently in the shortlist for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2013.

“I am over the moon about The Paper Dolls being on the Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist!” Rebecca told me. “It’s a really special story from the brilliant children’s author Julia Donaldson which I hugely enjoyed illustrating and I feel very happy that it has been recognised in this way. Awards like this are really important because they celebrate books and encourage children to get excited about books and reading. What is lovely about this award is that it is voted for by the children themselves so I hope that they have a lot of fun reading all the books.

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson and The Paper Dolls

To celebrate Rebecca’s success, I’ve teamed up with the Scottish Book Trust to give away a set of all three books shortlisted in the ‘Bookbug Readers’ category for 3-7 year olds. This includes: 

– Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb

– What’s the Time Mr Wolf by Debi Gliori

– Jumblebum by Chae Strathie and Ben Cort

To be in with a chance to win, simply enter using the Rafflecopter widgety thing below before 10th July:

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  1. 25 June, 2013 / 8:26 am

    Truly decadent? A box of Belgian chocs with cream fillings. And a slice of chocolate cake (not together).

    • admin
      25 June, 2013 / 8:34 am

      Sorry – your comment made me realise I hadn’t updated the question! This still counts though :-)

      • Ella Partridge
        7 July, 2013 / 9:04 pm

        Making paper dolls for the longest chain.
        What a great idea!

        Lovely giveaway- fingers crossed :-)

    • admin
      25 June, 2013 / 8:34 am

      Thanks Brian, fingers crossed!!

  2. Tracy Nixon
    25 June, 2013 / 9:16 am

    I love ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’

  3. 25 June, 2013 / 1:28 pm

    Love the grufallo and stick man :)

  4. 25 June, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    Anything by Julia Donaldson is popular here :)

  5. Annie Costa
    25 June, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    I love Mercer Mayer’s Litter Critter books.

  6. melanie stirling
    25 June, 2013 / 5:38 pm

    Even my ears are smiling

  7. Jenna Keller
    25 June, 2013 / 6:24 pm

    Classics like the tiger who came to tea and the very hungry caterpillar

  8. Lynsey Buchanan
    25 June, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    my daughter loves a book called Cuddle Bear by Claire Freedman she knows all the words by memory.

  9. 25 June, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Miss Squeaky would like to add her vote for whichever Topsy & Tim she’s currently obsessed with. I’d go for Terry Pratchett’s Where’s My Cow.

  10. 25 June, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    I would so love to win these books; I’ve heard such good things about them, and honestly believe you can never have enough children’s books! :-)

  11. 25 June, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    The tiger who came to tea :)

  12. Linda Hobbis
    25 June, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    Monkey and Me or The Gruffalo

  13. 25 June, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    My favourite book as a child was Dogger by Shirley Hughes.
    My kids love it now too.

  14. tamalyn roberts
    25 June, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    i loved anything by enid blyton including the famous five, brer rabbit and the faraway tree, my own son loves green eggs and ham and drives his nanna mad with it ha ha

  15. Sarah Queenan
    26 June, 2013 / 12:11 am

    I used to love The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton series as a child, I can’t wait to read it to my little one when he is a bit older. The Wishing Chair too, that was a good one!

  16. esther james
    1 July, 2013 / 7:21 pm

    I used to love Fungus the bogeyman, Its disgustingly good!

  17. Anne Wallwin
    6 July, 2013 / 7:42 am

    the gruffalo! i think i know it off by heart now!

  18. 8 July, 2013 / 9:46 am

    I love Dear Greenpeace by Simon James. I’ve got a battered old copy I’ve read to all three of my children over the years.

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