Manchester Children's Book Festival : 1st - 4th July

Manchester Children's Book Festival : 1st - 4th July

The 2010 Manchester Children’s Book Festival is the first festival of its kind to run in the North West of England, with a four-day programme of events and activities featuring some of today’s favourite children’s writers, illustrators, books and characters.

Aimed at everyone who has ever loved children’s books, the exciting series of events will run at Manchester Metropolitan University’s city centre campus as well as in a variety of schools, libraries and other venues across the region.

No matter if you can’t make it to Manchester – you’ll still be able to take part in our competitions and in our international Festival Readathon.


The Festival Readathon aims to get people across the world reading children’s books for the duration of the four-day Festival.

If you’re a group of adults wanting to arrange an overnight sponsored read of a favourite children’s classic, a school arranging a class-readathon, a parent reading to your child for ten minutes at bed-time, or an absent parent or grandparent wanting to record yourself reading a story to send as a gift – everyone can sign up to take part in our Festival Readathon. It doesn’t matter where you are, who you read to, or what time you want to do it – the only stipulation is that you commit to reading a children’s book by signing up on our web-page, and blog or tweet afterwards to tell us what you read.


Most Manchester Children’s Book Festival events and activities will be taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University’s All Saints Campus on Oxford Road in Manchester in the Geoffrey Manton Building, the Grosvenor Building and in the Sir Kenneth Green Library.

The Geoffrey Manton Building is opposite the Aquatics Centre on Oxford Road. Access is via the Rosamond Street West entrance. The Grosvenor Building and the Sir Kenneth Green Library are both adjacent to the All Saints Park (Grosvenor Square). The Geoffrey Manton Bistro will be open throughout the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, selling hot meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks and special Festival lunch boxes for children.

To register for the Readathon please click on the following link -

To find out more about the Manchester Children's Book Festival, please visit

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