FREE EVENT: Children’s Book Festival, Melbourne 24 March

children's book festival

Press release from the Wheeler Centre

Roll up, roll up for the biggest children’s book event in Melbourne! The Children’s Book Festival is a bookish bonanza of fun – an activity-packed big day out for the small person in your life – and it’s all FREE. Click here for the full programme of events and start planning your day.

This Sunday 24 March, we take over the State Library lawns and surrounds, with musical acts, face-painting, loads of story telling and drawing and there’s even a veggie patch to dig about in.

Little Lonsdale Street will be lined with marquees full of activities, including a make-your-own-book tent and appearances by much-loved book characters. And keep your eye out for a petting zoo and fire truck!

And what’s a children’s book festival without the writers and illustrators who create them? You’ll encounter some of your favourite writers and illustrators – both in conversation onstage at the Wheeler Centre and in person at Meet the Author sessions where you can get your books signed.

Meet Lynley Dodd (creator of Hairy Maclary), Jackie FrenchJustine ClarkeRoland HarveyRhys MuldoonBronwyn BancroftGus GordonFreya BlackwoodBernard CaleoNick FalkOslo DavisMark WilsonAsphyxia and Owl Know How.

And for the chance to win fabulous bookish prizes, encourage your child to come dressed as their favourite character. The best of the day will take part in a costume parade onstage at 12.40pm.

So gather your favourite little people, slap on your Sunday best and say goodbye to your electronic devices … and enjoy the music, movement and buzz of the Children’s Book Festival