Brodetsky’s Leanna conjures up a Kindle with her ‘Magic Stories’

Tuesday 27 November 2012

A primary school pupil’s twin obsessions of reading and drawing have won her the top prize in a design competition run by the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) at the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Leanna Cohen, aged 7, in Year 3 at Brodetsky Primary School, won an Amazon Kindle for designing the cover of a book that she called ‘Magic Stories’. Her proud mum Naomi Cohen said: “At any given moment Leanna is either drawing or reading, and with her lively imagination this was the perfect opportunity to create her dream book.”

Leanna said: “I made up the book because I love books about fairies and magic; I read all day and at bedtime I read to my little sister and make up stories too. I’m excited about the Kindle because I can read it anywhere.”

GSAL’s Principal, Mike Gibbons, presented the prize to Leanna at assembly in Brodetsky Primary School, congratulating her on being selected from almost 60 entries for the creativity and artistic flair she showed with her exciting fictional title and eye-catching design.

GSAL was the main sponsor of the Children’s Festival at Ilkley and children who visited the Children’s Weekend in October were invited to enter the competition by designing a book cover for either their favourite book or a story of their own invention.

Two runners up each received a book token. They were Jojo Lyons, aged 8, All Saints Primary in Ilkley, with her spooky entry ‘The Haunted House’ and Rebecca Rose, aged 9, Embsay Primary School, who designed a brilliant ‘Bad Girls’ cover.

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