Manchester Libraries will be celebrating World Book Day in style with a variety of exciting events to inspire children with a love of reading. 

More than 1,000 school pupils have been invited to meet an author in sessions at Central Library and local libraries, on Thursday 5 March

Holly Smale, author of Geek Girls, will be treating some lucky schools to hints on how to become a writer; Steve Weatherill, author of Baby Goz, will be demonstrating his writing and illustrating skills; while Dominic Berry, performer of the show ‘When Trolls Try to Eat your Goldfish’, will be sharing some of his poetry. 

Dominic said: “My shows are full of audience participation, where we write daft poems together and all shout them out together. Laughing and enjoying good times with confidence and energy and enthusiasm. I love performing these shows so much, the reaction from children and adults is phenomenal. I’m very proud to be working with Manchester Libraries for World Book Day and overjoyed this event is taking place.”

Five classes from The Birches Specialist Support Primary School, West Didsbury, will be visiting Central Library for multi-sensory ‘Bag Book’ storytimes. The amazing tactile and auditory Bag Books enable children with complex needs to participate in and engage with storytelling sessions.

Extra-special Tiny Tots and Toddler Time story sessions, open to all under-fives, will be held in libraries across Manchester. Free book tokens will be distributed to exchange in bookshops and supermarkets for a free World Book Day book written by a top children’s author. Free books will also be distributed at the ‘storytime’ sessions.


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