Wokingham Children’s Book Festival returns this weekend with an immense line up of hugely talented authors, amazing illustrators and inspirational story tellers. To mark the run up to the event a selection of eagerly awaited authors have been visiting local schools to encourage children to embrace the joy of reading and creative writing.
The brilliant author Sue Palmer treated students at Bearwood Primary School to a supersonic adventure with her space trilogy May’s Moon before whizzing off to entertain children at Farley Hill, Gorse Ride Junior and Shinfield St Mary’s primary schools with an out of this world experience learning what it takes to be an astronaut.
Palmer will be opening the book festival on Saturday [October 19] at 10am with her workshop Space Stories from the Moon to Mars where she will be telling the story of 13-year-old Michael May who dreams of becoming the first child astronaut when he enters a competition run by NASA.
Fun and laughter
There was fun and laughter a plenty as Hillside Primary School students headed over to nearby Whiteknights Primary School to meet the amazingly talented Elaine Wickson, author of the incredible ‘Action Stan’ and ‘Planet Stan’.
Wickson shared a hugely entertaining look into Stan’s world, as he charts all the ups and downs of his life using diagrams and fun-filled charts that had all the children and teachers laughing out loud.
The brilliant poet Joseph Coelho will also be visiting year 7 children at St Crispin’s School later this week to create a range of different poems from silly similes to super sonnets and will even delve into personification using the “Make It Human Personification Machine”.
Coelho will also be meeting children from Westende, All Saints, Keep Hatch, St Teresa’s and Montague Park primary schools to learn about Werewolf Club.
“It is fantastic to see the children’s book festival back and I am really thankful to all the authors that took the time to visit so many of our children at both our primary and secondary schools to share their love of reading, creative writing and inspire the next generations of authors,” said Cllr Parry Batth, Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for environment and leisure.
The eagerly awaited Wokingham Children’s Book Festival, which will be taking place at both Wokingham town hall in Market Place and Wokingham Library, in Denmark Street, is set to be bigger and better than ever, welcoming a host of well-known and award-winning authors.
"The town hall and library will be full of inspirational authors ready and waiting to capture your imagination and transport you into the heart of their stories," said Cllr Sally Gurney, chairperson of arts and culture at Wokingham Town Council.
Tickets still available
Tickets are selling fast and booking is highly recommended. Further information, including how to reserve your space, is available at www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest where you can take a look at what’s on offer and book your places today.
The Wokingham Children’s Book Festival has been organised again this year by Wokingham Borough Council’s library service and Wokingham Town Council with the support of a number of local partners including morearts and WHSmith.
All you need to know
•Workshops will be held at two locations in Wokingham: Wokingham library or Wokingham town hall.
•Each workshop lasts approximately 45 minutes
•Each workshop needs to be booked in advance. Under 12’s need to be accompanied by an adult.
•Workshops are £3 per person
•Spaces are limited so they are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
•You may book as many workshops as you like