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Kingston Children's Literary Festival 2018

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Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 October 2018

The Kingston Children's Literary Festival returns for a second year to entertain and inspire the growing imaginations of 3-8 year olds with a series of storytelling events, read by some of the UK's best-loved children's authors and illustrators themselves.

Opening the festival is Adam Hargreaves; best known for writing and illustrating the Mr Men and Little Miss books, since taking over from his father and Mr Men creator, Roger Hargreaves. The line up also features the 2018 Oscars Book Prize winner John Dougherty, children's favourite Ross Montgomery, World Book Day Illustrator of 2016 Sophy Henn and up and coming local writing duo, Doodles & Scribbles.

Each 30 minute session will captivate children's bright young minds building excitement and interest in literature. Little ones will hear a reading from their favourite author, plus have the opportunity to get involved with a host of exciting activities such as illustrations, sing-alongs and craft activities.

The Literary Festival will once again be a ticketed event series with tickets ranging from just £2 to £5 per child, plus adults get to join in the fun for free! Each child will also receive a free Kingston Children's Literary Festival goody bag!

Illustrations by Adam Hargreaves from Molly Mischief: My Perfect Pet.

Festival Schedule

Thursday 25 October
3pm | All Saints Church | Adam Hargreaves | Molly Mischief
4pm | Waterstones | Cath Howe | Ella on the Outside

Friday 26 October
11am | Ultimate Outdoors | Timothy Knapman | Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates
12pm | Ultimate Outdoors | Jonathan Joly | A Friend of My Own
2pm | Waterstones | Ross Montgomery | Space Tortoise
3pm | Kingston Library | Zehra Hicks | Giraffe & Frog

Saturday 27 October
12pm | Ultimate Outdoors | Doodles & Scribbles | Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City
2pm | Waterstones | John Dougherty | There’s a Pig Up My Nose
3pm | Kingston Library | Sophy Henn | Almost Anything

Thursday 25 October

3pm: Adam Hargreaves
Molly Mischief
All Saints Church

Adam has been writing and illustrating Mr Men and Little Miss books for nearly 30 years, since taking over from his father and Mr Men creator, Roger, in the late 1980s. Inspired by his daughter, in whom he saw “a mischievous girl who is clever, brave and wants to do whatever she feels like,” Adam has created Molly Mischief – his first venture outside the world of the Mr Men and Little Misses.

Molly Mischief is – you guessed it – a bit cheeky, to say the least! Determined, imaginative and resourceful, she is a girl with big ideas!

Join Adam to create your very own Molly Mischief!  

£4.50
Ideal for ages 3-6
Buy tickets - SOLD OUT

4pm: ​Cath Howe
Ella on the Outside
Waterstones

Cath Howe is an author and teacher working in South West London, and runs workshops in schools on everything to do with writing, performing, on getting inspired and creative.

Cath will be reading from Ella on the Outside, her book about secrets, lies and friendships, followed by a discussion on the importance of friendship and what it means to each child. Children attending will also have the chance to enter a competition to win a prize!

£2.50
Ideal for ages 8-11
Buy tickets - SOLD OUT

Friday 26 October

11am: Timothy Knapman
Dinosaurs in the Supermarket
Ultimate Outdoors

Timothy Knapman writes plays, musicals, songs and children’s books including the best-selling Sir Dancealot and Superhero Dad.

Timothy will be reading from Dinosaurs in the Supermarket. For one little boy, a trip to the supermarket is turned upside down. A band of dinosaurs wreak havoc in the aisles, but the grown-ups can't see them! Can he convince the dinosaurs to behave? Who will mop up the mess?

£2.50
Ideal for ages 3-6
Buy tickets - SOLD OUT

12pm: Jonathan Joly
A Friend of My Own
Ultimate Outdoors

Jonathan and Anna Saccone Joly are Europe’s most successful YouTube family. Jonathan released his very own children’s book, The Great Cat-Nap, last year.

A Friend of My Own is Jonathan’s second children’s book. Alessia has everything she could ever want… except for one: a friend of her own. But with mummy and daddy acting strangely, there may be a surprise on the way…

£2.50
Ideal for ages 3-6
Buy tickets - SOLD OUT

2pm: Ross Montgomery
Space Tortoise
Waterstones

Ross Montgomery returns to Kingston Children’s Literary Festival for a second year. Ross writes weird and wonderful books for children. He tours the country all year round doing festivals, public readings whilst working as a Primary School Teacher.

Space Tortoise is about a lonely tortoise who embarks on a very big, magical adventure!

£2.50
Ideal for ages 4-8
Buy tickets - SOLD OUT

3pm: Zehra Hicks
Giraffe & Frog

Kingston Library

Zehra Hicks is the author-illustrator of the award-winning The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes and its companion title The Girl Who Loved Wellies.

Her latest book, Giraffe & Frog, is a bold, funny romp with zingy and colourful artwork. Frog and Giraffe are going to the beach...but where is it, again?!

Zehra will be reading Giraffe and Frog, followed by a giraffe and frog puppet making workshop.

£2.50
Ideal for ages 3-5
Buy tickets - SOLD OUT

Saturday 27 October

12pm: Doodles & Scribbles
Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City
Ultimate Outdoors

Long-time friends but a fresh writer and illustrator duo in children's book publishing, creating lovely books for little explorers…

Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City! is their much-awaited second title. This charming children’s picture book invites little explorers to enter a tumbling leafy cityscape in search of one precious, prickly little mammal. 

£2.50
Ideal for ages 4-8
Buy tickets

2pm: John Dougherty
There’s a Pig Up My Nose
Waterstones

John Dougherty is the award-winning author of lots of amazing books including The Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face series, Zeus on the Loose, and his 2018 Oscars Book Prize-winning book There’s a Pig Up My Nose.

What if a PIG got stuck up your NOSE? How ever would you get it out? Natalie has to go to school with a pig stuck up her nose, but will her whole class find a way to get the pig out?

£2.50
Ideal for ages 3-5
Buy tickets - SOLD OUT

3pm: Sophy Henn
Almost Anything
Kingston Library

Sophy Henn writes and illustrates children's books in her studio, with a large cup of tea by her side, and can't quite believe her luck. Her books include Where Bear?, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Join Sophy for an exciting event packed with storytelling, a live draw-along where children will learn how to draw some of the adorable animal characters from Almost Anything, and then make their very own magic hats!

£2.50
Ideal for ages 3-5
Buy tickets - SOLD OUT

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