If you really want to introduce your child to the wonderful world of reading, the Children’s Bath Literature Festival is the perfect place to do it. Back for its eighth year, this is the largest event of its kind in the UK, with a programme that is jam-packed with over 100 different interactive events for kids of all ages, from young tots through to teenagers.
Kids will get a chance to have their picture taken with their favourite characters and meet their favourite authors, who will be reading their books and signing autographs for their fans too (be prepared: some of the queues for the authors can be up to three hours long!). On top of this, there will be plenty of other activities taking place, including games, crafts, workshops, quizzes and much, much more.
The festival welcomes a huge line-up of influential writers from across the globe. For younger kids, authors including Emma Dodd and Clara Vulliamy will be at the event, along with Martin Brown and John McLay who will be bringing their new book – The Dragon’s Dentist – along with them.
Authors of books for older children include Melvin Burgess, Sally Green, Sophie McKenzie, Joe Abercrombie, Robert Muchamore, Garth Nix and Marcus Sedgwick. Also, influential English writer Benjamin Zephaniah will be heading down to the festival to read his new books, Terror Kid, which is his first novel in seven years.
Does your kid love comedy? Well, they should prepare to be thoroughly tickled by the likes of Philip Ardagh and the slightly-loopy Andy Stanton, who will be hosting this year’s Big Bath Book Quiz on the festival’s opening night. American author Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles , will also be stopping by to say hello.
The festival is a true celebration of all things literature and is one of our favourite events. During the festival, 2D texts will spring to life, revealing the magic and depth behind storytelling. Reading is an important part of your child’s learning, but it’s also an important part of their lives. It encourages creative thinking and is the best way to stimulate their imagination. Author David Almond, guest artistic director at the festival, commented that children’s literature “lies at the beating heart of our culture. It is where stories have their start and where literary culture is constantly renewed.” We couldn’t agree more.
The Children’s Bath Literature Festival is the perfect place for your child to learn, laugh, and fall in love with literature.
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