The best children's book festivals 2015
Our pick of the year's best literary festivals for all the family.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
A packed programme for families and children of all ages, featuring stories, illustrations, readings, rhymes, workshops and free drop-in events. 2015's line-up is soon to be announced, while last year's brilliant Baillie Gifford Children's Programme included talks by George R R Martin, Malorie Blackman and Lauren Child, as well as special events aimed at children with reading difficulties.
Manchester Children's Book Festival
26 June – 5 July
Back this year due to popular demand, the theme for MCBF 2015 is time travel. The event will include a Family Fun Day as well as workshops designed to raise aspirations and confidence in young people. In addition to this, a programme of author events will culminate in the fun-filled Children's Poetry Weekend.
Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest
Established in 1999, this festival aims to bring the world of books to life for children in Shropshire, through a series of collaborative projects with both schools and the public. This year's highlights include a day with Dr Seuss and the frenetic Mayhem With Dennis The Menace.
Write On Kew
This autumn, Kew Gardens launches its first ever literary festival - with over 80 events across all genres, from fiction to science, children's books to cookery, and authors including Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson and Michael Morpurgo. A fabulous family day out, and event tickets also include full access to the gardens for the day.
Henley Children's Literary Festival
28 Sept – 4 Oct
Readers young and old will be entertained by a plethora of literary stars such as Paula Hawkins and SJ Watson. This year's line-up will be announced shortly, following on from 2014's sterling programme for ages two and up, including free storytelling events featuring Maisy Mouse, Hugless Douglas and Roald Dahl.
Bath Children's Literature Festival
25 Sept – 4 Oct
The largest dedicated children's book festival in the UK, with an extensive programme of events in schools, from book readings and craft activities to quizzes and games. Past guests have included Moone Boy author Chris O'Dowd, Shirley Hughes and Benjamin Zephaniah, and the 2015 line-up will be revealed soon.
Hay Literary Festival
Hay-On-Wye's festival programme has hundreds of family events and activities in 2015. Children and adults alike can enjoy the summer half-term with a host of treasured authors and illustrators including Jacqueline Wilson, Liz Pichon, Chris Riddell, Cressida Cowell, Neil Gaiman.
Belfast Book Festival
This year's festival plays host to international stars and homegrown local talent alike, featuring a range of talks from politics to sci-fi. Family Day at Lower Crescent Park is a festival highlight, with children's writers, storytelling, food and drink as well as loads of books to keep the entire family entertained.
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Boswell Book Festival, Ayrshire | 8-10 May
Hosted at Ayrshire's Dumfries House, this year's fabulous line-up includes Joanna Lumley and Ian Rankin, alongside talks, events and activities to suit all ages. Catch the brilliant Family Fun Day on Saturday 9 May.
Brighton Festival, East Sussex | 2–20 May
Brighton's sprawling annual festival includes literary events for all ages – this year Zoe Williams and Carol Ann Duffy will be giving talks, and the free Adopt An Author event is back to promote literacy and encourage children's writing.
Bradford Literature Festival, West Yorkshire | 15-24 May
From comic-drawing and storyboarding to animation and smartphone movie-making, there's plenty of family fun to be had at this festival. An undoubted highlight is Nick Toczek's Million-Miles-an-Hour show, suitable for ages 3 to 103.
Described as 'one of the UK's top boutique festivals' by the Guardian, this year's line-up boasts a glittering array of literary talent from Lynn Barber to David Nicholls. Children can enjoy writing workshops, bedtime stories, a poetry trail, an early morning cartoon club and dedicated talks with children's authors across the weekend.
BudLitFest, Devon | 17–20 September
The seaside town of Budleigh Salterton plays host to this small but vibrant festival. 2014's event featured appearances by children's authors Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre as well as former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. This year's line-up will be announced in June.
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