Bath Children's Literature Festival

Senior School, Nursery and Prep School

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Above This year's Childrens' Literature Festival will run from Friday 24 September - Sunday 3 October 2021

Bath Children's Literature Festival, Europe’s largest stand-alone children’s book festival, returns in September with a host of writers and illustrators who will present live and interactive events for young people of all ages.

Royal High School Bath proudly sponsors the festival again this year to encourage a lifelong passion for reading amongst its school community.

The festival will star some big celebrities in the literature world including Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train Your Dragon and Wizards of Once series, who will be spellbinding audiences on the magic of wizards and dragons. And Irish comedian David O’Doherty will make a welcome return to the festival with his new novel, The Summer I Robbed a Bank.

And joining the festival for the first time are sporting stars from Bath Rugby, bringing their energy and know-how to a fact-packed, fast-paced sporty event based on the book Rampaging Rugby - perfect for a rugby-loving city. Also for active kids is the nation's favourite PE teacher and global fitness phenomenon Joe Wicks, the man who got so many families through the domestic incarceration of lockdown. His creations The Burpee Bears will spring to life through Joe’s own go-getting attitude.

Stuart Lawrence is the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack at the age of 18 in 1993. Now an educator and motivational speaker, Stuart aims to help young people harness the good in themselves and in the world around them, using the fire of positivity to create change and to realise that Silence is Not an Option.

Families who look forward to the festival each year will be delighted to see superstar author-illustrator Liz Pichon returning to celebrate the tenth anniversary of her character Tom Gates and to welcome back broadcasters and hilarious duo Chris Smith and Greg James who will share their new adventure The Great Dream Robbery. Expect brilliant entertainment from all!

Parents introducing their children to live book events will be delighted to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar story time and craft, while older children and young adults can listen to a groundbreaking playlist with a twist, exploring the History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs with teacher and music enthusiast Jeffrey Boakye.

Tickets are on sale now here.