“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world”
Phillip Pullman
Some of the comments from the schools after their author visits during the 2019 Children's BookFest

Go to the Gallery Page to see what happened at our first Children’s Book Fest 2019, with brilliant photographs and quotes from schools and authors.

See below for the authors' comments

Thank you for the inspirational talks at Birdham.  Never have the children been so collectively excited to read a book before!  You are supporting a great literary cause and you have the full backing of all the teachers here.
Birdham CE Primary School

Our students were inspired by the author showing us the reality of life as a writer and sharing where he got his inspiration from. Our students were captivated.  The feedback from pupils about how eye opening his talk was and his books have flown off our library shelves.  Thank you for making this happen.
Bishop Luffa C of E Secondary School

What an amazing experience our students have had.  They were totally engaged and went away full of excitement and enthusiasm.
Chichester Free School

A truly inspiring event .....Seeing our children excited about receiving a signed book and some of our Year 6 reluctant readers come into school the next day talking engagingly about the books was brilliant - a moment to capture!
Chidham Parochial Primary School

We were bursting with pride as we watched the children perform for one another as the learning evolved.  A huge thank you to Children’s Book Fest Chichester for such a great hook into our learning.
Fishbourne C of E Primary School

A truly brilliant and inspirational day.  The children loved it.
Lavant CE Primary School

We feel privileged to have been a part of the very first Children’s Book Fest Chichester and we very much look forward to seeing how this event grows and develops in the future and being a key part of it.......Very exciting.
North Mundham Primary School

Today was totally amazing, our author was fantastic.  We had a campfire story telling event with hot chocolate in the evening.  The children and parents were all in their Jim jams!
Portfield Primary Academy 

We had a truly fantastic day - thank you.

Our children were SO excited to meet a real live author.....I wish that I could bottle the whole brilliant experience!
Tangmere Primary Academy

Our children have been inspired this week to read more to write fabulous stories thanks to our authors.  It has been a great honour to be part of the Children’s Book Fest.

Westbourne House School

Some of the comments from the authors after their school visits during the 2019 Children's BookFest

I had a lovely time at the festival and will recommend it on to other authors for future years.
Abie Longstaff, author of My Parents Cancelled My Birthday

As an author, you look out at a sea of faces - each one engaged by the possibilities and wonder of reading and storytelling.  You meet hard working teachers, absolutely dedicated to the power of books - a great festival.
Andy Mulligan, author of Dog

Thanks for the silky smooth organisation.
Catherine Johnson, author of Freedom

I had a fantastic time at the schools I visited.  The children seemed to be engaged and fired-up about reading.
David Fuller, author of Alfie Jones: The Big Decision

Thank you for all for working so hard to create a wonderful new Children’s Book Festival, which was a pleasure to be part of.  The schools were very welcoming, and the students were engaged and a joy to speak to.  There were fantastic questions at the end of each session.
Ele Fountain, author of Boy ‘87 and shortlisted fir the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019

I was hugely impressed with the organisation and the schools, too.
Jo Simmons, author

I throughly enjoyed being part of the first Chichester Children’s Book Fest.  I fully support the aim of a book for every child and seeing the excitement of the children receiving their books after the sessions made my day.
Luke Temple, author of Felix Dashwood: The Traitors Revenge

Thank you for organising a great Festival.
Paul Collicut, illustrator of Robot City: Guide To Robots

What a fun day
Philip Ardagh author of The Secret Diary Of Kitty Cask, Smugglers Daughter

I’ve already had several emails from staff and even one parent to say how much they enjoyed it.
Zehra Hicks, author of Giraffe and Frog

Published in the Chichester Observer
Thursday 26 September 2019
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