The Children’s Bookshow

From The Children's Bookshow

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 in the autumn term.

The main event of The Children’s Bookshow is a live performance by an author or illustrator at one of a selection of theatre venues 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.

The line-up for the 2023 tour includes John Agard and Grace Nichols, Marta Altés, Jan Blake, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Benji Davies, Alexis Deacon, Ele Fountain, Yasmeen Ismail, Satoshi Kitamura, Michael Rosen, Owen Sheers and Helen Stephens, Kate Wakening and Elina Braslina, and Anna Wolfz.

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

Cost: £7 per pupil, accompanying teachers 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.
  • Find more literature festivals with dedicated schools programmes here.
  • Find further resources to help support pupils’ access to authors here.

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