Schools Programme

Every year, we programme a week of fantastic events especially for schools and home educated children. We fill the Guildhall in Bath with an array of amazing authors, illustrators and poets and the energy of hundreds of children. There are fact-finding missions, songs, drawing and more than a few laughs along the way. Our aim is to spark and inspire young imaginations, offer fascinating insights into the world of books and celebrate the joy of reading.

Over the years, we have been lucky enough to welcome celebrated authors, poets and illustrators such as Julia Donaldson, Cressida Cowell, Michael Rosen, Chris Riddell and John Agard to our stage.

Adventures through Words

St George’s Catholic Primary School in Warminster have been with working with Karen Hosack Janes on a brand-new project to explore creative ways to use a book as a focus for teaching and learning across the curriculum.

Marking the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote in the UK, the school choose to focus on Kate Pankhurst’s book ‘Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World’ (the author is a descendent of the suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst). Pupils came along to the author’s workshop during the Festival last September and back at school expanded on the themes. The teacher Jane Howlee was particularly keen for the project to develop high-level thinking skills, and with that in mind she encouraged pupils to shape the direction of the project. This allowed a wide range of responses from the children that demonstrated impressive understanding.

Teachers from St. George’s Primary are looking forward to selecting another book from the Bath Children’s Literature Festival next September to explore in creative ways. If your school is interested in getting involved please get in touch.