Thursday, February 16, 2012

World Book Day March 1, Broadcast Link, excerpt

World Book Day's Children's Festival Will Be Beamed Live On 1st March

Posted at 7:37AM Wednesday 15 Feb 2012

A show-stopping line-up of authors and illustrators are uniting for the country's first online children's book festival on World Book Day 2012 (Thursday 1st March).

Jacqueline Wilson, Eoin Colfer, Cressida Cowell, Derek Landy and Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson, are just some of the best-loved authors taking part in a series of fun performances for the 'Biggest Book Show on Earth' as it is streamed to the nation's homes, schools, bookshops and libraries live from London's Southbank.

Also taking to the stage to show off the wonders of children's books are top illustrators including Axel Scheffler, Lydia Monks and Nick Sharratt as well as actor Bertie Carvel who plays Miss Trunchbull in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical. The event will be compered by former Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere.

Taking part couldn't be easier – simply visit to register for free and check your technical set-up before the big day. Young audiences from all over the world then have the chance to watch online and submit questions to the line-up while parents, teachers and librarians can download a full pack of resources and ideas to help children as they laugh, sing and read along. The show will also be available to watch on-demand at the next day.

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