Covid-19 Update

Due to the unprecedented situation with Covid-19/Coronavirus we have decided to postpone the 2020 programme of theatre events and school workshops, but we will be back in theatres and schools in Autumn 2021 with some wonderful writers, illustrators and poets.

Now, more than ever, we need uplifting stories and ways to stay connected. We are sharing some of our favourite ideas to help you, parents, children and teachers, discover great children's books and all the joy they give. Check out our What's Happening? section.

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Michael Rosen, patron of The Children’s Bookshow

The Children's Bookshow takes children's authors to meet tens of thousands of children, introducing the children to how and why writers write, illustrators illustrate. They give children insights into how they too can transform thoughts and feelings into words and pictures. This is not simply a matter of it being enjoyable, it's a necessary part of what we understand by the word 'education'.

Michael Rosen, patron of The Children’s Bookshow

This year The Children's Bookshow will give over 3000 children participating in our programme a free, signed copy of the author's book to take home, thanks to the generous support of Unwin Charitable Trust.

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We love poetry at The Children's Bookshow. Enjoy listening to Valerie Bloom talk about how poetry makes her feel.

Arts Award


Following its Letters from Lockdown project, The Children's Bookshow is running a competition for 7-11 year olds.

Write your own Letter from Lockdown and you could win a trip to London to meet author and illustrator, Bruce Ingman. Bruce will meet you at Tate Britain, then take you on a boat to Tate Modern, where you’ll have tea with Bruce and the Publishing Director of Tate Publishing. You'll also receive ten free books.

Two runners-up will also each receive ten free books.

Find out more and enter