Looking for new and exciting ways to foster your children’s love of books? Literary festivals and events present amazing opportunities for children to be exposed to books and stories, as well as giving them the chance to share these experiences with other children. Here’s a list of festivals to look out for this year:
Adelaide Writers’ Week seeks to create the space for reflection and contemplation, for considered debate and thoughtful discussion on this year’s theme Telling Truths. The program is jam-packed with interesting panels and book discussions, and there’s a line-up of beloved children’s authors – events that both you and your little one can enjoy.
International Read To Me day was established by Child Writes to encourage the growth and spread of adult literacy. In many countries throughout the world adult literacy is a problem, and many literate adults do not engage in regular reading. In an attempt to help offset these issues, International Read To Me Day was created in light of the knowledge that being read to as a child helped to encourage literacy and a love of reading in adults.
Each year, Sydney Writers’ Festival presents more than 300 events especially for children and young adults.
Developed as a public celebration of FORM’s Creative Learning program, Scribblers Festival’s primary objective is to instil the importance of books and creativity in children’s lives, as tools to help them thrive in, understand, and communicate with the world around them.
The program for Melbourne Writers’ Festival is yet to be announced, but if previous years are anything to go by, there will be plenty of fun, interactive events and discussions to engage young adults and children.
Since their doors first opened in 1960, The Little Bookroom have been passionate about running events that bring readers and creators together in an enjoyable and welcoming way. Check out their website.