Design your dream school for a chance to win a visit from Chris Van Dusen to YOUR classroom!


Elementary school students ages 5–8 years old, in Kindergarten to 3rd grade, are invited to enter the Penguin Kids’ Design Your Own School Contest!

One winner will receive a visit from Chris Van Dusen to their classroom and Chris’s illustration of their winning design!




IMPORTANT: Please read these Official Rules before entering the Design Your Own School Contest (the “Contest”), presented by Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC (“Sponsor”). By entering the Contest, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. These Official Rules shall govern in the event of any inconsistency with other Contest-related materials.


ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are ages 5-8 at the time of entry. All federal, state, and local regulations apply. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED. Employees of Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, and agencies, and their immediate family members and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter the Contest.

ENTRY PERIOD: The Contest begins on August 01, 2019, and all entries must be postmarked on or by December 31, 2019 and received on or by January 7, 2020.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, submit a drawing and short description of your school design to:

Attn: Design Your Own School Contest

Leah Schiano / Penguin Young Readers Group

1745 Broadway

New York, NY 10019

Submissions should also include the following information: child’s full name, child’s age, child’s school, parent’s full name, parent’s email address, parent’s phone number. Submissions by fax, email, or other electronic means will not be considered. Each entrant hereby acknowledges that their entry will be the sole property of the Sponsor.

In the event of a dispute, entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address used for entry. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of automated devices will result in disqualification. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information by entrants; lost or late entries or transmissions; interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections; scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, or electronic, technical malfunctions of any computer hardware, software, or any combinations thereof; or problems associated with any virus or any other damage caused to entrants’ systems. Incomplete or illegible entries will be voided. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

Submissions may not include obscene, offensive or inappropriate (in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion) material or defame any person. By entering, entrants represent and warrant that their entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of publicity/privacy of any third party.

PRIVACY POLICY: All information submitted in connection with entry to this Contest shall be governed by Sponsor’s privacy policy (at By entering this Contest, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to this privacy policy.


One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive (i) a visit from author Chris Van Dusen to their classroom (must be scheduled by the end of the 2019-2020 school year) and (ii) a drawing by Chris Van Dusen of the winner’s school. (Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value: $300.00)

No transfer or cash or other substitution of all or part of a prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute the prize or prize component with another of comparable or greater value. Any and all taxes on the prize will be the responsibility of the winners. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any delays, damage in the delivery of the prize, and/or loss of any prize in connection with delivery of the prize via mail. In the event that there is an insufficient number of eligible entries, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.

JUDGING/WINNER SELECTION: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected by the Sponsor’s marketing staff and author Chris Van Dusen on or about January 28, 2020 from all eligible entries received by the entry deadline. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, with equal weight being given to each criterion. The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to the selection of the winners, and in regard to all matter relating to this Contest, shall be final and binding. Winners will be notified via email and must respond to email notification within ten (10) days of receipt. Winners may also be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. Noncompliance with these conditions may result in forfeiture of the Prize, and Sponsor reserves the right to select alternate winners (in random drawing from other eligible entries received before the deadline) in such circumstance. If winner notification of the Prize is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor may, at its discretion, select an alternate winner.

DISCLAIMERS: By competing in this Contest and/or accepting the prize, entrants agree that Sponsor, and its respective parent companies, assigns, subsidiaries and affiliates, and advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and all of their respective employees, officers and directors will have no liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by entrants for any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person and property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prizes, or participation in this Contest. By accepting a prize, each Winner consents and grants Sponsor a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license to use their name, city, comments, photographs and/or other likenesses and their entries for publicity, advertising or informational purposes, including without limitation, posting on Sponsor’s Contest website, Facebook pages, Twitter or Instagram accounts, with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law).

Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and by entering the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

WINNERS LIST: For a list of the Winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope by July 28, 2020 to Leah Schiano, Penguin Young Readers Group, Attn: Design Your Own School Contest, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

SPONSOR: Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019