World Book Day will host its first live Teen Fest as part of next year’s celebrations, featuring authors James Dawson and Rainbow Rowell, and will also attempt to break its first Guinness World Record.
Teen Fest in London will be one of 11 events, collectively called The Biggest Book Show on Earth, being held across the country to celebrate World Book Day, which takes place on 3rd March 2016.
Other authors taking part in The Biggest Book Show on Earth include Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Francesca Simon, Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre, and Liz Pichon. In total more than 45 authors and illustrators will take part in the tour, which runs from 22nd February to 4th March and aims to reach 16,500 children.
In each of the tour’s stops, World Book Day will work closely with local partners who will bring the events to life, arranging bookselling and coordinating with local schools to fill the venues.
The tour will visit Swansea, Dublin, Colchester, Grantham, Coventry, Norwich, Thornbury, Preston, London, Edinburgh, and Chipping Norton.
The Swansea event, which will kick off the tour on Monday 22nd February, will host World Book Day’s attempt break the Guinness World Record for largest quix, with children and adults across the country being invited to participate in The Bumper Book Quiz.
On World Book Day itself Edinburgh will host the largest event of the tour at Usher Hall, with an audience of 2,000.
Kirsten Grant, director of World Book Day, said: “World Book Day is all about spreading the joy of reading to every young person in the country, which is why The Biggest Book Show on Earth is visiting many brand new locations next spring. We’re thrilled to be delivering some of the very best authors and illustrators direct to thousands of children (many for the first time), letting them see for themselves how brilliantly entertaining, surprising and eye-opening books can be.
“We’re also proud to be organising a live event for teenagers as part of the tour for the first time, featuring our two teen authors, Rainbow Rowell and James Dawson. Our third annual tour is going to be bigger than ever, which is hugely exciting.
“If our Guinness World Records attempt is successful it’ll be the icing on the cake, proving that reading really can connect people all over the country. And what a brilliant memory for all the kids who take part.”
The 11 World Book Day titles were announced earlier this year.