The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival – London’s largest book fair for children – returns to Barnes this May. As usual, there is a page-turning number of events and great children’s book authors. Among those ready to help open up the world of books to children is Cressida Cowell, author/illustrator of the multi-million book series (and now film) How To Train Your Dragon. Polly Dunbar, another multi-award-winning author/illustrator of the best-selling Penguin will be telling stories and doing live drawings, aimed at children aged over three. And Costa Award winner, Frances Hardinge, discusses her new novel, A Skinful of Shadows.
In its four years, the Festival has become hugely popular, mainly down to the hard work of founder and organiser Amanda Brettargh, who is has lived in Barnes for more than 10 years and whose vision is to inspire the next generation of readers and writers by giving children a chance to engage with their favourite authors and illustrators. As well as the weekend of events, the Festival offers a free education programmes to London’s state schools.
Tickets are selling out fast – more than 7,000 were sold last year for the 60 or so events.
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