Leanna Tankard.
Leanna Tankard. Tom Huntley

Leanna’s story a winner with her love of the community

A LOVE of reading, writing and the Gladstone Community is how seven-year-old Leanna Tankard won the inaugural Gladstone Carpet Court Storybook challenge.

A class from Faith Baptist Christian School is now the proud owner of $1000 worth of new books and a colourful reading mat, after Grade 2 student Leanna Tankard's story about what she loved about Gladstone took out the competition.

Leanna's story talked about the fun environment in Gladstone and the kind people living in the community.

"I wrote about all the places I like to go to in Gladstone and all the nice people in town," she said.

As well as winning the prize for her classroom, Leanna also received a book package worth $250 for herself.

"I'm very excited," she said.

Len Smith Carpet Court reported an overwhelming response from the local community to the inaugural Storybook Challenge, with wonderfully creative stories and pictures submitted from primary schools in the local area.

The entries were voted for by the community to establish finalists, which were then judged by Verdon Harrison of Len Smith Carpet Court, along with local Queensland author Kathryn Apel.

"Leanna should be very proud of her creative efforts and it was great to see her take on our community," Len Smith Carpet Court store owner Verdon Harrison said

"Congratulations to all the students that entered the Storybook Challenge.

"Tthere were so many great drawings it was hard to pick just one winner."

Kathryn Apel, author of This is the Mud!, said she had found it difficult to pick just one winner.

"This was such a close region to judge - all the entries were fantastic.

"In the end I felt it was Leanna who best conveyed her love for the community, complete with love hearts in her illustration.

"Congratulations to all students who entered," Kathryn said.

More than 980 Queensland children entered the Storybook Challenge, describing what they loved about their community.

The program, which is being run in conjunction with the National Year of Reading, aims to encourage more shared reading and creative writing in classrooms across Australia.


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