The Children’s Bookshow

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Resource type: Literature Festival

Price band: £

Key stage: KS1, KS2

Region(s): England

The Children’s Bookshow is an annual tour of children’s authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers for primary schools. The Children’s Bookshow 2021 runs from 24th September to 18th November.

The main event of The Children’s Bookshow is a performance by an author or illustrator at one of 15 theatres around the country. Every child that attends a performance receives a free copy of a book by the author that they are going to see.

In addition, for every performance there is the chance to be allocated one of four free workshops, where an author or illustrator comes into your school to work with a class of children.

This year’s programme includes Kwame Alexander, Jan Blake, Valerie Bloom, Alexis Deacon, Rachel Rooney and Michael Rosen. To see the full line-up and list of theatre venues, visit The Children’s Bookshow website.

Tickets for performances are available to book from The Children’s Bookshow website from June.

Cost: £5/6 per pupil, accompanying adults are free.

About The Children’s Bookshow: The Children’s Bookshow is an arts charity with a mission to inspire a love of reading by introducing children to some of the very best authors and illustrators from around the world.

Further resources:

  • The What’s Happening section of The Children’s Bookshow website includes features on authors that have taken part in previous tours with accompanying activities. There is also a writing competition that runs during the tour every year with the chance to win free books for your school.
  • Find more literature festivals with dedicated schools programmes here.

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