Pageturners Children’s Reading Festival returns (5 – 12 March 2016)

Pageturner Festival

Pageturner Festival

Children across our area will be taking part in a range of book related activities thanks to the third annual Pageturners Children’s Reading Festival. The festival encourages local children to develop a lifelong love of reading by bringing books to life and introducing young people to a wide range of authors and illustrators.

Our festival is run in partnership with The University of Huddersfield and Reading Matters. A programme of author visits will be take place in schools across our area between 7 and 11 March.

Pageturners launch event

Pageturners kicks off with a launch event at Dewsbury Library on Saturday 5 March 2016, from 10:30am to 3:30pm. This free event is aimed at local families and should be a treat for anyone who loves a good story. Highlights include a session with picture book author and illustrator Tim Hopgood who will help youngsters to make wonderful webs and spiders inspired by his book ‘Walter’s Wonderful Web’.

Also attending will be charismatic storyteller Susanna Oldfield, who will be delivering an Elmer- themed storytelling session for younger children. There will be lots more going on including paper engineering, and performance poetry by ‘Rappaman’ Donavan Christopher.

Book signing and events

The finale event takes place on Saturday 12 March at Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery, and is being headlined by best-selling author Jeremy Strong, whose books include ‘The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog’ and ‘My Brother’s Famous Bottom’. Jeremy leads off the day’s excitement at 10:30, which will include books for sale and signing (please note: this is a ticketed event with a £3 charge)

The finale also has plenty of free activities including the chance for you to meet author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, the creator of ‘Mariella Mystery Investigates’. Acclaimed author and illustrator Chris Mould will appear at the Art Gallery in the afternoon to talk about his work, some of which will be on display there during February and March.

Other activities at the finale include tiny bookmaking sessions, paper engineering with Theresa McDermott and the chance to work on the festival’s first ever Comic Jam with Alicia Wright.

This year’s festival has been sponsored by Walker Books, BM Packaging, The Children’s Bookshop, One17 and The Book Bus.

Want to know more?

More information and the timetable for both family events is available on our Pageturners Festival website

Tickets for Jeremy Strong’s session can be booked by visiting his booking page

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