Happy children equals happy parents, right? And you can’t beat the big smile on your child’s face when they come face to face with their favourite authors and illustrators.

Bath Children’s Literature Festival, which opens on Friday 23 September, is packed with events that bring books and stories to life. There are lots of author events where children can hear their favourite writers, including Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell, M.G. Leonard, Joseph Coelho, Robin Stevens and many more.

For fun and laughter for all the family here are our festival highlights with giggling guaranteed!

David Baddiel – here’s a comedian who can make adults and children laugh and who knows how to tell a cracking story. The million bestselling author of books for eight to 12 year olds will be talking about his latest adventure, The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous. What if everyone suddenly knew your name? Would being famous be all it’s cracked up to be? Join David at The Bath Guildhall on Saturday 24 September, 10am to hear about this and maybe get the chance to ask David about his other books that you’ve enjoyed, like Head Kid, Future Friend and Birthday Boy. Suitable for age eight and over and especially good for dads!

Popular TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary and his wife Dee adopted a rescue kitten called Toto. That little kitten is now the star of FIVE Toto the Ninja Cat adventure books. Dermot and the Toto illustrator Nick East will be chatting about Toto the Ninja Cat and The Legend of the Wildcat at The Guildhall on Sunday 25 September, 12pm. You can also learn how to draw Toto with Nick! Suitable for age six and over.

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If you like drawing you’ll also enjoy the brilliantly entertaining illustrators Steven Lenton and Rikin Parekh who will be leading the fun Big Draw Off at The Egg theatre on Saturday 24 September, 2pm, with the theme What makes you happy? There will be more drawing action too with festival favourite Liz Pichon, bringing us more of her Tom Gates adventures at The Forum on Saturday 1 October, 5pm. Have your drawing fingers ready – you will be able to borrow pencils, paper and a board to lean on.

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Richard is bringing his unique humour to making children laugh. Imagine if you were a book, gathering dust or getting your pages bent back. Imagine how sad you would be if you were The Book That No One Wanted to Read.

If you were at Komedia last year for Pamela Butchart’s fun-packed interactive show, when members of the audience were invited up on stage to take part in a hilarious school drama, you’ll know that we’re in for a real treat when she brings Bath her Secret School Invasion. It doesn’t matter how old you are, scary dinner ladies and fierce headteachers can still strike terror into your heart! Pamela’s school-based tales can be enjoyed on Sunday 2 October at The Guildhall, 2.30pm. Suitable age six and over.

The grown-ups know Julian Clary for his very adult kind of humour, but the quick-witted comedian has also forged a career for himself as a successful, popular author of children’s books featuring a family of hyenas, The Bolds. Julian and illustrator David Roberts will be talking about The Bolds’ latest venture as the family decide to green to help the planet – with some hilarious results! Suitable age seven and over, this event is at The Forum on Saturday 1 October, 10am.

Richard Ayoade has won audiences’ affection for his slightly subversive but hilarious views on life. Now Richard is bringing his unique humour to making children laugh. Imagine if you were a book, gathering dust or getting your pages bent back. Imagine how sad you would be if you were The Book That No One Wanted to Read. Richard’s laugh out loud book is illustrated by Tor Freeman and it’s not out until 6 October, so if you’re at his event at the Guildhall on Sun 2 October, 4.30pm, this will be your chance to be among the first people to get your hands on the book. Suitable for age eight and over.

Bath audiences have really taken illustrator Rob Biddulph to their hearts and we’re delighted that the multi-award winning creator of Odd Dog Out, loads of crazy monsters and aliens and the inspirational bestselling Draw With Rob series is coming back to Bath! Maybe Rob will tell us more about The Blue-footed Booby, his latest picture book. His Draw with Rob show at The Forum on Saturday 1 October, from 10am is suitable for age five plus and, yes, we will get the chance to draw along with Rob in what promises to be an action-packed event.

Get your tickets for these and dozens of other Bath Children’s Literature Festival events at: (or click the link below) or tel: 01225 463362 – and hurry, some events are already sold out!


family tickets to see David Baddiel at Bath Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday 24th September. For a chance to win, simply click on the link (below) and follow the steps...