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. The Children’s Bookshow 2022 runs from 27th September to 17th 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 Jon Agee, Kwame Alexander, Valerie Bloom, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Alexis Deacon, Hilary McKay, Catherine Rayner 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 the end of April.

Cost: £6 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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