Welcome to The Children’s Bookshow

The Children’s Bookshow is an annual tour of children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and abroad.



Our aim is to delight and inspire children with great poems, beautiful illustrations and gripping storytelling, helping teachers provide their students with a rich and exciting experience of literature and create the readers and writers of tomorrow.

Our national tour brings some of the best children’s authors from the UK and abroad to local theatre venues and gives teachers and school children the opportunity to hear world-class artists talk about their work. Authors and artists are passionate about what they do. We want to give children the opportunity to see, hear and connect with that passion so that they are inspired to see themselves as readers and authors in their own right.

Free School Workshops
Alongside our theatre events, we are able to offer 56 FREE in-school workshops. These lively workshops offer an invaluable opportunity for the children to develop their own creative skills by working with an author or illustrator in their own classroom. Book tickets for a performance near you to be eligible for one of our FREE school workshops.

“You only have to witness the impact of author events on children to see how their lives as readers (and therefore their lives) can be changed by them.”
Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

“The Children’s Bookshow gives [children] the opportunity to enjoy literature as an interactive experience and something wonderful that enriches lives and enhances our understanding of each other.”
Ruth Doyle Walter, Armadillo Magazine

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