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Fundraising Auction now open!

The Children's Bookshow is celebrating its 20th birthday with an exhibition and auction of artwork to raise funds for our work bringing literacy and books to school children. You can visit our exhibition Wednesday to Saturday 1pm-6pm, at Institut français 17 Queensbury Place, London, SW7 2DT. Bidding for the artworks is now open! Please support us.

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Competition 2022

Enter this year's competition for the chance to win a meeting with the brilliant poet and national treasure Michael Rosen in the National Poetry Library! The winner will also get a signed copy of each of the poetry books feature on our autumn 2022 tour, plus £200 of FREE books for their school library.

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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 7000 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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