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The Children’s Bookshow brings thousands of children each autumn to their local theatre, many visiting for the first time, to see some of the best illustrators, writers and storytellers from around the world perform their work and talk about how they create. Every child in our audiences receives a free copy of the artist’s book at the end of the performance to take home and keep. 1 in 5 children aged between five and eight in England do not have access to books at home. We know that children who own books and read for pleasure do better at school, have higher levels of mental well being and are more confident to support their own children’s learning in the future. We put thousands of books directly into children’s hands and see their delight in receiving a book of their own that is theirs to treasure.

Reading is a way in which children can explore the world, find solace and recognition, humour and surprise. Reading helps children to understand their own thoughts, ideas and feelings as well as those of others.

We want to bring the joy of reading to children everywhere. Please donate now.

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“The children loved every second and were so engaged by the performance. They felt very inspired to draw and write. They loved getting their own book. Most of the class went home and used it as their bedtime reading, sharing it with their family.”

Feedback from Primary school in Milton Keynes

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We are happy to accept cheques made payable to ‘The Children’s Bookshow’. Please send them to:

9A Peploe Road

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It was so lovely to be part of your Bookshow. I think it's an AMAZING thing you do every year for so many children up and down the country. It fills my heart with joy to think of it!

Feedback from Neal Layton, author and illustrator