Welcome to the Manchester Children's Book Festival

A festival to grow up with...

The Manchester Children’s Book Festival is a Laureate Education project. We launched in June 2010 as a four-day pilot, our aim being to create an explosion of activity celebrating children’s books in the city of Manchester.  With a launch event featuring three Laureates, our own Carol Ann Duffy, National Poet for Wales Gillian Clarke and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, the bar was set high. In 2012 and 2014, we were joined by partner organisations from across the city and developed a model made up of year-long projects, competitions and workshops in schools and libraries, with ten days of events for families, schools and professionals taking place across the city in June/July. 

The Festival has always been a collaboration of most of the city’s libraries, museums, galleries and theatres and we work closely with other festivals, especially the Manchester Literature Festival. By 2014, the audience for our Family Fun Day, our biggest family event, had risen from 500 (in 2010), to a steady 1500 and the momentum was such that we decided to make the festival annual.  Since then, our Family Fun Day audience has risen to more than 3500, with almost 10,000 people engaging with festival events and projects throughout the year. 

Work on MCBF 2017 is already under-way. Since the autumn of 2016, we have organised and been involved with a number of events – see our blog, Twitter and Facebook for further detail. The MCBF storytelling tent is a regular feature at events across the city and we have a rolling programme of author visits to schools. 

Our programme for 2017 will centre around our free Family Fun Day on Saturday 24th June here at Manchester Metropolitan University. Given our expanding audience, we plan to expand out of the main building into the All Saints park, Lower Ormond Street, running behind the park, will be filled with GRUB food-market stalls. 

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We hope you enjoy this year’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival!