We’re Going to the Children’s Bath Literature Festival

My husband and I have always been readers long before we met each other.  Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why we ended up together?  And now that we have a little girl, it’s lovely that she shares the same passion for books even without having to prompt her.

Even when she was a baby little T had her own growing collection.  Now that she’s six, she’s managed to accumulate enough books to have her own little library even though we’ve gotten rid of some of her baby ones already.

She went through phases from the usual Julia Donaldson books of the Gruffalo fame, to the Kipper series of books and the adventures of Slinky Malinki the cat by Lynley Dodd and a whole load of others.  At the moment,  her current favourite author is Chris Riddell (who also happens to be a cartoonist for the Observer), he has written a series of books for children about a little girl called Ada Goth (Goth Girl) and another one Ottoline who is being taken care of Mr. Munroe, who looks a lot like cousin It from the Adams Family movie, while her parents are away.

T loves his characters.  Ada and Ottoline are both very independent and individual type of girls, who are a bit different from the usual characters you find in children’s books.

When we found out that Chris Riddell was going to be at the Children’s Bath Literary Festival, we quickly signed up for her to see him in person.  I’m hoping that she’ll have a chance to really meet him and maybe even ask to sign one of her many books, although to be fair she does have his signature already, since the Coraline book (by Neil Gaiman) was illustrated by Chris Riddel, turned out to be a signed copy by both the author and the artist.

We also wanted to take her to meet Cbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell who also wrote the Harper books series which she also likes, but it falls on a Friday and we don’t really want T to miss school.  Hopefully she’ll have a chance to meet her maybe Ms. Burnell will be around again next year?

The Festival will run from the 1st till the 9th of October.  Click here for more details.

Have you been to Children’s Bath Literary Festival?

Do share.


  1. Little B & Me

    How lovely,
    I hope you have a fabulous time. My son is only 2 so books aren’t on his agenda quite yet, well he likes to hold them and that’s it!


  2. The festival sounds great. We are big readers in our house and love that our son also has a good book collection and loves us reading to him and he is not 2 yet.

  3. I have always adored books (I even won a competition when I was younger in school about how many books you could read in a week ahah). I think it is so important to pass on your and your husband’s passion to your adorable little girl. Have the bestest time! And Read lots!
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    • I know. We’re actually driving all the way from Cornwall for this one. It’s so worth it, especially since T is so excited and is counting sleeps!

  4. Alice Mills

    I do love a good literature festival!! If I go, I tend to go to the Cheltenham as it is just down the road for me, but I love Bath, so will need to look into going there one year instead! x

  5. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    Ooooh enjoy! I’d love to go myself one day although a bit of a pain to get to on trains for me.

  6. BloggerMummyLauren

    I’m a big book lover but unfortunately my husband isn’t. I’m hoping the kids follow in my footsteps and not his! The festival sounds great and how lovely she gets to meet her favourite author x
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  7. Chloe Ciliberto

    I absolutely love reading and am so happy my daughter is into reading too. This sounds like such a perfect event. I love that you can meet authors and illustrators to. Such an inspiring little event and in such a beautiful place. I love Bath! x
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  8. That sounds great, My girls love reading once a month they love going in the works and pick some new books love going in there because they always have good deals on.
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  9. Coffee & Bubbles

    Oh this is lovely, I’m so glad my boy loves reading. Now that we have learned not to rip books to shreds, he can enjoy them on his own. I hope T gets to meet her idol!
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    • We’re really counting on her meeting Chris Riddell! Hopefully he’ll have time to sign books 😉

  10. Fashion and Style Police

    Sounds like a fab event. I love reading and my kids love reading too.

  11. This sounds absolutely fabulous, I am looking forward to hearing more about it when you go x

    • I don’t think Julia Donaldson will be there this year. Hopefully next year 😉 Then you can take your daughter. x

    • I’m sure she will, thanks! Good to know your boys are bookworms too 🙂

  12. Zena's Suitcase

    This isn’t somewhere I’ve been bit it sounds amazing. It’s so important to encourage a love of books

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