ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.

Update
It is with heavy hearts that we have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Bath Children’s Literature Festival. . Please click here to read statement from 9 June.

Reading is Magic Festival 2020: All events now available to watch on demand until 31 December 2020! Watch here

We were saddened at Bath Festivals not only for the cancellation of our Bath Children’s Literature Festival, but for all the children’s book festivals who were having to cancel due to Covid-19. We love how each year Bath comes alive with children’s authors and illustrators from far and wide and were particularly disappointed for all the school children who come to the festival that would miss out! So, we decided if they could not come to us, we would create a festival that could come to them. Just like a story our ideas grew, and we thought that if we are going digital then anyone can join in the festival fun. We created a festival collaboration of amazing book festivals from the UK and internationally to bring you an amazing schools and family programme, all free and available for everyone, everywhere. We really hope you enjoy it. Inspiration for the name came from Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2019-2022 Cressida Cowell’s key message ‘reading is magic, and magic is for everyone’. We are excited that the award-winning children’s author and creator of How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book will play a key role in the festival. Please click here to read the latest news.

Bath at Christmas 2020: We are delighted to be part of a four week programme of festive events in Bath, click here to find out more