Pet-themed children's literature festival is coming to town

By The Editor

18th Feb 2021 | Local News

The biggest children's literature event of the year is returning to Richmond, and social media is already a-buzz!

Barnes Children's Literature Festival is back with their most popular books of the year, starting at 10am on Saturday (February 20)

It also promises to be a 'wild rumpus' with the introduction of everyone's pets!

This half-term, your family can catch online talks and fun activities with all your favourite authors and illustrators for "the biggest kids' books – and pets! – party on the planet".

Organisers have hinted at some exciting surprises in store, and there's also a chance for children to win a box of books for their school by voting for their 'most pawsome pet'.

The festival was put together six years ago by a group of parents who wanted to create a book festival curated entirely by families.

Now, it is considered to be London's largest dedicated children's literature event with eminent children's authors like S F Said describing it as the city's new 'world-class children's book festival'.

The event is put on with the help of 130 volunteers from Barnes and books communities. The income from every ticket is put towards the largest free literature festival schools programme in the UK, thanks to the festival's strong belief that every child has the right to live literature.

The programme is filled with familiar favourites, as well as exciting new books for children to discover.

There is typically also a mixture of other events like theatre, music, maths, science, art, craft, cookery, film and football.

It will be interesting to see how these activities translate online, but hopefully there will still be lots of fun to be had!

The festival is free to watch at home but if you'd like to make a donation you can do so here.

Head to the festival website at 10am on Saturday for the big launch!


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