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Reading Festival

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Harbour Books


We are delighted to welcome Harbour Books, based in Harbour Street, Whitstable, who will be ‘setting up shop’ at our Reading Festival! Our Book Banter sessions have been a perfect time to find out more about what our children like to read, and Harbour Books will be bringing a collection of books tailored to their interests.

Harbour Books will be accepting cash or credit/debit card at the Reading Festival.


'Make a Mess with Little Seashells'

LSLeanne Barker from ‘Make a Mess with Little Seashells’ (based in Herne Bay), will be leading wonderful messy and sensory play sessions based on picture books for our younger readers. Why not pop along with your little one to have some messy fun?!

Click the image to visit the ‘Make a Mess with Little Seashells’ Facebook Page.



Craft Stall: Make a Worry DollSB

Inspired by Anthony Browne’s beautiful picture book about poor little Billy who carries lots of worries around with him, the children will be invited to make a worry doll to take home and keep for a small cost.



Storybook Villains Coconut Shy

Why not have a go at knocking down some of the literary world’s worst villains (attached to coconuts!)?! Pay a small amount to win a coconut and a villain mask to wear at the fair.



Hama Bead Bookmarks


You may have read about Joy Lane siblings, Henry and William M, who have been very enterprising by making bookmarkHBB2s to raise funds for our swimming pool. The boys will be setting up a stall on the Reading Festival where, for just £1, you can make you own unique beaded bookmark in colours of your choice!




Child and Adult Book Swap Stallsbook swap

There will be two Book Swap stalls of pre-loved books – one for children and one for adults! We encourage you to bring a book from home to trade in for something different to read. With a range of genres, there will be something for everyone!

Why not look through your books at home this weekend to see what you can bring along with you to swap next Thursday?


‘Open Mic’ Stage


Are you brave enough to take to the stage to read an extract from your favourite book?

Our ‘Open Mic’ stage will be open throughout the festival – no booking required – to any budding storytellers (adult or child!). Simply bring a book along with you with your favourite part highlighted and take to the stage!

This will be part of our free Reading Activity Trail.


Meet the Author – Jo Clarke

Falcon expert and former writer-presenter of CITV’s Wild World, Jo Clarke, will be joining us at our Reading Festival!sbooka

Jo has released Spellboda - an adventure story for children, with themes of conservation, wildlife education, and learning how to trust and believe in yourself. She will have copies of her books available to buy – and sign! - on the day. Or why not buy one in advance? Spellboda : J C Clarke: Amazon.co.uk: Books

The children can listen to Jo reading an extract from her book and take part in a visualisation workshop to support their creative writing.

This will be part of our free Reading Activity Trail.


Whitstable Librarywl

Do you and your child have a library card? If not, you can sign up for one at the Reading Festival!

We will collect in your completed forms and hand them straight to the library so they can prepare your card ready for collection. The library is free to join and offers a wide range of services - from free access to books, computers, the internet and information to the hire of music, audio books and films. 


Forest School Reading Trails

fsWhat will you find in our Forest School during the Reading Festival? A Gruffalo hiding in the bushes or some magical creatures from Harry Potter? Join Mrs Ansley for an exciting reading trail based on two well-known children’s books.

This will be part of our free Reading Activity Trail.


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