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The Children's Bookshow

29 April 2020 Share

Giving free books to children

The Children's Bookshow, a charity that inspires school children with a love of reading through an annual programme of theatre performances and in-school workshops with the very best authors and illustrators from around the world, is now working out how best to support teachers, children and parents in this very difficult period.

The plan is that the children who would receive a free book from the Bookshow, thanks to funding from the Unwin Trust, will still be able to do so once they are back at school. The team is contacting schools with high levels of deprivation to ensure that these children will be the first to receive their free books. During the summer term, free downloadable resources that celebrate the authors and illustrators with which they work, and inspire children with the joy of reading, will be available on the Children's Bookshow website. 

Their new tour will take place in Spring 2021 (five performances) and autumn 2021 (ten performances). 

Sian Williams, Founder and co-director of the Children's Bookshow said: 

"Our motivation is knowing that our work makes a difference to children and witnessing how our unique programme helps nurture a love of reading. We work closely with teachers around the country who tell us that the Children's Bookshow is a highlight of their school calendar. We are sorry to delay the autumn 2020 tour, but we need to make sure that dates work for all the schools, venues and artists involved. We plan to have five performances in spring 2021 and reschedule the remaining ten in autumn 2021. In the meanwhile we are finding ways to get the free books into the children's hands."

The Children's Bookshow team is currently busy rearranging its shows and school visits. They will update their website when new dates are confirmed:  https://thechildrensbookshow.com