At our festival in June, we’ve got events for kids that will be sure to delight, inform and entertain them—everything from A to Z. (Well, nearly Z. We can get to T.) Adventure Seekers. Animal Eco-Warriors. Beano. Comics. Dahl (Roald). Ghosts. Gruffalos. Harry Potter. Kings. Magic. Moomins. Murder. Mysteries. Nature. Skulduggery Pleasant. Storytelling. Tigers (who came to tea).
Read below for all of the amazing events we’ve got for children at our festival from June 13-16. Click through the links for more information about the events. You can buy all the tickets at once on our Eventbrite page here.
The Magical Story Bag: Storytelling with Wendy Shearer, 12:30 p.m.
Help storyteller Wendy Shearer create the magical Story Bag in this fantastic tale of a young Prince who tries to hide all the stories in his Kingdom. With music and beautiful props, everyone is invited to join in this thrilling adventure and help Wendy bring the story to vibrant life. Wendy is a very welcome returnee to the Greenwich Book Festival. Brought up in South-East London, Wendy is a professional storyteller who brings folkstories, myths and non-traditional tales to vivid life for audiences of all ages. Ages: Under 5, but all children welcome
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfstorybag
Earth Stories: Storytelling for Under 5s, 3 p.m.
Join our wonderful storyteller Wendy Shearer for exciting tales from around the world that show us how to celebrate our beautiful, precious planet and live in harmony with nature. A wonderful session for the under 5s, but all ages welcome. Wendy is a very welcome returnee to the Greenwich Book Festival. Brought up in South-East London, Wendy is a professional storyteller who brings folkstories, myths and non-traditional tales to vivid life for audiences of all ages. Ages 5 and under, but all welcome
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfearth
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Party, 4 p.m.
Join storyteller extraordinaire Liz Fost for a re-telling of Judith Kerr’s timeless tale of Sophie, her family and a surprising and hungry visitor. Judith Kerr’s children’s classic is 50 years young – and still just as tigerish! Her classic picture book will be brought to life with storytelling, tiger games, while teatime treats – well, juice and biscuits – will be provided. Ages: 3+
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbftiger
SOLD OUT: Chiff-Chaff Children’s Theatre: Peace at Last and Whatever Next! 10:30 a.m.
Toddlers (and their parents) will love this double-bill of Jill Murphy classics, “Peace at Last” and “Whatever Next!” presented by Chiff-Chaff Children’s Theatre. Peace At Last is gentle adventure story about a daddy bear looking for a quiet place to sleep, which takes him all night. In Whatever Next!, Baby Bear wants to go to the moon, but he makes it back in time for his bath. Join us for a delightful morning of great stories. Ages 5 and below, all welcome (including babies)
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfchiffchaff
FOR FICTION FANS
On Saturday, June 15:
Kindness with Axel Scheffler, illustrator of the Gruffalo, 11 a.m.
Join bestselling illustrator Axel Scheffler for storytelling, live drawing and fun. Illustrator of The Gruffalo, Stick Man, Zog and many more family favourites, Axel will read stories and draw many of his much-loved characters. He will also share his new book, “Kind,” a book about kindness illustrated by him and 38 top children’s book illustrators. £1 from every copy of Kind is donated to Three Peas charity who provide support for refugees. Ages 5+
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfaxel
High Rise Mystery with Sharna Jackson, 11:15 a.m.
Join Sharna Jackson as she introduces her new crime-solving duo Nik and Norva in High Rise Mystery. It’s the hottest summer on record in London, and there’s been a murder in the Tri high-rise. Nik and Norva are determined to find the killer. High Rise Mystery is the first detective series to feature Black British children. Great for fans of Robin Stevens (who’s raved about the book) or anyone else who likes to solve a good mystery. Ages 9+
For more information or tickets: Bit.ly/gbfhighrise
Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words, 12:30 p.m.
Calling all human beans! Join word wizards Sara-Jane Arbury and Katie Balson to gobblefunk with Roald Dahl’s redunculously rude and rotsome words! Learn how to curse like a giant and insult like a Trunchbull! Oodles of foulsome fun with wacky words, mouth manglers, explosive expletives, shouting matches and whizzpopping poppyrot! This event is sure to be unmissable for any Roald Dahl fans. Ages 6+
For more information or tickets: Bit.ly/gbfdahl
Nothing to See Here Hotel with Steven Butler & Steven Lenton, 2 p.m.
Bestselling author Steven Butler and illustrator Steven Lenton welcome you to check in to The Nothing to See Here Hotel. A hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. Find out more about this fabulously funny series with the hilarious Steven Butler – who will make you squirm with laugher – and allow Steven Lenton to draw you into the adventure as he sketches the characters right in front of your eyes. Ages 6+
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfnothing
SOLD OUT: Harry Potter Party: Enter His Magical World, 3:30 p.m.
Know your Hufflepuff from your Hagrid? Or your Slytherin from your Snape? Come and join Fleurble Laffalott for a family-friendly journey through J K Rowling’s much-loved books. Discover fun facts about the Harry Potter books and take part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts – the sorting ceremony, Quidditch, moving portraits, potions and much more. A funny, silly event for anyone who has ever wanted to explore the magical world of Harry Potter books! Ages 6+ This event is now sold out, but as you can see there’s plenty more amazing events to attend instead.
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfpotterparty
On Sunday, June 16:
Murder Mysteries with Robin Stevens, 11:30 a.m.
Robin Stevens, author of the brilliant Murder Most Unladylike series and winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, will be joining us to talk about mysteries—unladylike and otherwise. Robin will talk about her schoolgirl detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong at the Deepdean School for Girls as she celebrates the fifth anniversary of ‘Murder Most Unladylike.’ She also will give us a sneak peek at the next book in the series, due out in August. Ages 9+
For more information or tickets: Bit.ly/gbfstevens
Dragons and Wizards with Cressida Cowell, 2:30 p.m.
Meet multi-million-copy selling, award-winning author Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train Your Dragon (also a DreamWorks film and TV franchise) and The Wizards of Once series. Cressida will talk about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, give a preview of the next book in the series due in September, as well as the How to Train Your Dragon series. She’ll also explainher inspiration and give tips on becoming an author or illustrator. Ages 8+
For more information or tickets: Bit.ly/gbfcowell
FOR FACT FANS
On Saturday, June 15
Teddy Keen: The Lost Book of Adventure, 10 a.m.
Calling all adventure seekers! Join author-illustrator Teddy Keen and prepare yourself for life in the wild with this one-of-a-kind adventure book! Teddy Keen first discovered the famous lost notebooks and treasures of the unknown adventurer whilst deep in the Amazon jungle — before having them shipped home and painstakingly restored and edited together to create The Lost Book of Adventure!Part talk, part interactive adventure show, part exhibition, Teddy will be bringing the book to life, and unveiling some of the secrets of The Unknown Adventurer. Ages 7+
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbflostbook
FOR CREATIVE TYPES
On Saturday, June 15
Look Up! With Dapo Adeola, 10 a.m.
Meet illustrator Dapo Adeola and hear all about his brand-new picture book Look Up!, written by Nathan Bryon. Look Up! stars Rocket, a science-mad chatterbox who wants to be the greatest astronaut that ever lived, but she needs to convince everyone around her to look up from their phones first. Get ready to join an interactive workshop featuring storytelling, top facts and your chance to try your hand at out-of-this-world drawing with Dapo! Ages 4+
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbflookup
Get Up, Stand Up: Family Comics Making Workshop, 11:20 a.m.
A comics making workshop for the entire family on the theme of activism, from ages 6 to 106. Learn how to draw comics with Emily Haworth-Booth, the festival’s illustrator in residence. This fun and inspiring family workshop will guide participants of all abilities and ages through the process of drafting their own one-page comic on the theme of standing up for what you believe in and speaking the truth. Ages 6-106
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbffamcomics
I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree: Illustration Workshop, 12:45 p.m.
Join illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon as she shares poems and illustrations from I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, the award- winning book of nature poems for every day of the year. She will help the children illustrate the poems themselves, while talking about her work on the book. Perfect for nature lovers or aspiring illustrators. Ages 5+
For information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfseed
A Pinch of Magic with Michelle Harrison, 2:10 p.m
Be held spellbound as Michelle Harrison shares the ideas that inspired the bestselling A Pinch of Magic and reveals some of the ways that she approaches writing. In this interactive writing workshop, Michelle will teach children how to create something magical from the ordinary as they develop their own magical objects. Children will also get the opportunity to create a gripping opening to a story. Ages 8+
For information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfharrison
Craft with the Moomins, 2:10 p.m.
Join brilliant storyteller and crafter Liz Fost for an hour of Moomin magic. You will make and take home two gorgeous Moomin goodies from the new book, The Moomin Craft Book, and step into the magical world created by Tove Jansson with readings from The World of Moominvalley, a book filled with fun facts about all the beloved Moomin characters, Moomintroll behaviour and their habitat. Ages 5+
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfmoomins
Make Storybooks with Emily Haworth-Booth, 3:30 p.m.
In this fun and interactive workshop, children will learn how to make their own illustrated story books inspired by The King Who Banned the Dark. Using the theme of ‘fears’ (in a fun way!) as a starting point, Emily will guide the children in planning their own stories, revealing along the way the tips and tricks she uses to structure and plan her own books. Children will leave with a blank folded book to finish at home. Ages 6+
For more information or tickets: bit.ly/gbfking
Comic Strip Capers with Nigel Auchterlounie of Beano, 4:45 p.m.
Join Beano writer and illustrator Nigel Auchterlounie for a drawing masterclass where he’ll share tips on how to write and draw your Beano favourites, including Dennis and Gnasher. Nigel will also reveal the drawing ‘cheats’ he uses to help you with your own drawing! A must see for any Beanofan. Age 7+
For more information or tickets, bit.ly/gbfbeano