Thank you to all the fantastic young creative writers who took part in our Sleepy Stories competition. We were overwhelmed by the number of entries we received and our judge, children's author Anne Fine OBE, had a tough job selecting the shortlist from over 500 excellent stories.
After much deliberation, we are delighted to announce eight year old Toby Hopson from Doncaster as our winner, with his story, "Hippo and duck help Marlo monkey".
Toby said: "I couldn't believe it when I found out I had won the Sleepy Stories competition. I really enjoyed writing the story and hope that parents enjoy reading it to their sons and daughters as a new bedtime story that they won't have read before. My mum used to read Anne Fine stories to me when I was younger, so it's amazing that she read one of my stories and judged it as the winner."
Anne Fine, leading children's author and writer behind Jamie and Angus Forever and The Return of the Killer Cat said: "I thoroughly enjoyed judging the Sleepy Stories entries, it always amazes me how imaginative young people are. Toby's entry stood out as it took the reader on a journey about drifting off to bed, which is sure to keep parents and children interested but also put you in the mood for a nice relaxing sleep. Well done Toby."
As our winner, Toby will receive £1,000 worth of books for his school, his very own Silentnight bed and a giant cuddly hippo and duck as a moment of his achievement.
Click below to download Toby's story along with the top ten finalists' stories, and enjoy a unique bedtime story for the whole family.