The Children’s Bookshow is an increasingly popular travelling festival that brings authors and schools together in a celebration of children’s literature. Last year over 11,000 children attended the events. The Children’s Bookshow 2017 tour details have just been announced and run from Friday 22nd September with Michael Rosen at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, to Friday 24th November when the tour ends with the bookshow’s partner, the European Commission Representation in the UK, at Europe House with Finnish, Estonia, and Russian writers, as well as Alexis Deacon. The full list and schedule is available on their website.
There are also 60 free author/illustrator workshops available for schools who attend a theatre event on the tour. Every child taking part in a school workshop will receive a free book by the author/illustrator leading the workshop. This is a brilliant way to open up the world of reading to children who may not necessarily be exposed to such events.
Teachers and librarians will also want to look out for the library competition, in tandem with the Times Educational Supplement, which gives attending schools the chance to win £200 of books, and for a lucky child to receive a signed copy of a book from each of the 17 writers in the tour.