Young Readers

Family Reading Day 2017

Michael de Souza, Ben Faulks, Ed Vere, Clare Foges & Al Murphy

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  • Oct
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  • Oct



Image of Ben Faulks in a blue cagoule, leaning on a wooden fence in the countrysideStephen Williams

Kitchen Disco Storytime is Fully Booked. Tickets still available for other events

Join us for a day of fictional fun as popular children’s authors, illustrators and performers bring stories to life. You can also drop into our Market Place at any time throughout the day for free art and craft activities, a community book swap and storytelling. Suitable for children aged 3 – 8 and their families.

Manchester Children’s Bookswap
Swap old adventures for new ones! Bring along a book that you have read and enjoyed, and swap it for one that you haven’t at this free drop-in event. Each visitor may exchange a maximum of two children’s books. Books must be in a good condition (no missing pages, large rips or drawings) but can of course look ‘pre-loved’.

Suitable for all children
10.30am – 4pm
Free, no need to book

Ben Faulks – What Makes Me a Me?
What makes you a you? Are you like a sports car – lightning fast? Or maybe you're like a tree – do your arms stick out like branches? No? Then perhaps you're like a snail – very slow, especially when it's time for school! Ben Faulks (aka Mr Bloom from CBeebies) shares his funny and thought-provoking look at what makes us us. Feed your imaginations at this celebration of being who we are, perfect for inquisitive (and inventive!) little minds.

Suitable for ages 4+
10.30 – 11.15am
Tickets £4

Ed Vere – Grumpy Frog
Ed Vere is the author and illustrator of many award-winning books including Mr Big and Max the Brave (one of The Sunday Times 100 Modern Children’s Classics). Come and hear Ed introduce Grumpy Frog, an endearing new character who learns about compromise, tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. Enjoy Ed’s hilarious storytelling and have a go at drawing your own grumpy animal.

Suitable for ages 3+
12noon – 12.45pm
Tickets £4

Kitchen Disco Storytime
Move your hips and shake your pips with our FREE lunchtime story session and fruity feast. You’ll sing songs, play some games and, most importantly, hear some brilliant stories at this relaxed session with free yummy fruit! Places are limited so advance booking is recommended.

Suitable for all the family
1 – 1.45pm
Free – booking recommended

Clare Foges & Al Murphy – Bathroom Boogie
Clare Foges’ and Al Murphy’s follow up to their hugely popular Kitchen Disco, is the zany and hilarious rhyming picture book Bathroom Boogie. When the children go to school and the adults go to work, the tiles become a dancefloor, the light a disco ball. The Bathroom Boogie starts up and all your favourite bathroom friends come alive! Join Clare and Al for an interactive splashy bash with music, live drawing and storytelling.

Suitable for ages 4+
2 – 2.45pm
Tickets £4

Michael de Souza – Rastamouse
Come and enjoy some rhyming fun with the marvellous Michael de Souza, co-author and creator of the Rastamouse book and TV series about a little mouse that likes to spread his universal message of caring and sharing. In this lively and interactive session, Michael introduces us to new character Lil Bruv, as well as some very familiar faces.

Suitable for ages 4+
3.30 – 4.15pm
Tickets £4