“It’s a good thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Penny and Sahra by Bella Rigby, age 9

This year’s first-ever Chichester Children's BookFest is the brainchild of Chichester resident Penny Tomlinson. Penny has a background in magazine publishing and was part of an inspirational team that launched the renowned Appledore Book Festival in Devon - now in its 13th year. 
Helping Penny set up the BookFest is another local resident, Sahra Gott, who has a long track record in publishing and event organisation. 
20 local primary & secondary schools. 
19 authors have pledged support for this new event which runs from 1st-3rd October 2019. During this time, authors, poets and illustrators will spend an hour in classrooms across the City. Not only reading and talking about the stories they write and illustrate, but also sharing their own very personal experiences of school - funny, sad and hugely inspirational.
It is a fantastic opportunity for over 4,000 pupils to meet and talk with well-known authors and illustrators and to receive signed copies of their book.
Penny said "In 2018 The National Literacy Trust told us that 1 in 11 children in the UK did not own a single book of their own.
As a mother and grandmother, I found this statistic shocking and totally unacceptable. Our aim is to try and make sure that at the very least, ALL young people that take part in the BookFest will come away with their own cherished book".
We hope that this will become an annual festival and inspire young people with a life-long love of reading as well as stimulating their imaginations and creativity. 
If you would like to know more about us, please contact
Penny Tomlinson : penny@childrensbookfest.org
Sahra Gott : sahra@childrensbookfest.org

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