Welcome to The Children’s Bookshow 2017

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


Yours sincerely, Giraffe

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.

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

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 60 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.

Click here to see a full list of artists and find a venue near you

Arts Award Lottery Sponsored
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