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Family Reading Day

Saturday 14th October, 10am – 4.30pm
Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Join us for a day of fictional fun as popular children’s authors, illustrators and performers bring stories to life. Swap old adventures for new ones at our Children’s Bookswap, and drop into our Market Place at any time throughout the day for free storytelling and art and craft activities. Suitable for children aged 3 – 8 and their families.


Ben Faulks – What Makes Me a Me?
What makes you a you? Are you like a sports car – lightning fast? Or maybe you're like a tree – do your arms stick out like branches? No? Then perhaps you're like a snail – very slow, especially when it's time for school! Ben Faulks (aka Mr Bloom from CBeebies) shares his funny and thought-provoking look at what makes us us. Feed your imaginations at this celebration of being who we are, perfect for inquisitive (and inventive!) little minds.
Top of Form
Suitable for ages 4+
10.30 – 11.15am
Tickets £4
Ed Vere – Grumpy Frog
Ed Vere is the author and illustrator of many award-winning books including Mr Big and Max the Brave (one of The Sunday Times 100 Modern Children’s Classics). Come and hear Ed introduce Grumpy Frog, an endearing new character who learns about compromise, tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. Enjoy Ed’s hilarious storytelling and have a go at drawing your own grumpy animal. 
Suitable for ages 3+
12noon – 12.45pm
Tickets £4
Kitchen Disco Storytime
Move your hips and shake your pips with our FREE lunchtime story session and fruity feast. You’ll sing songs, play some games and, most importantly, hear some brilliant stories at this relaxed session with free yummy fruit!  Places are limited so advance booking is recommended.
Suitable for all the family
1 – 1.45pm
Clare Foges & Al Murphy – Bathroom Boogie
Clare Foges’ and Al Murphy’s follow up to their hugely popular Kitchen Disco, is the zany and hilarious rhyming picture book Bathroom Boogie. When the children go to school and the adults go to work, the tiles become a dancefloor, the light a disco ball. The Bathroom Boogie starts up and all your favourite bathroom friends come alive! Join Clare and Al for an interactive splashy bash with music, live drawing and storytelling.

Suitable for ages 4+
2 – 2.45pm
Tickets £4                  
Michael de Souza – Rastamouse
Come and enjoy some rhyming fun with the marvellous Michael de Souza, co-author and creator of the Rastamouse book and TV series about a little mouse that likes to spread his universal message of caring and sharing. In this lively and interactive session, Michael introduces us to new character Lil Bruv, as well as some very familiar faces.
Suitable for ages 4+
3.30 – 4.15pm
Tickets £4
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Public tickets will be available from 10am Friday 11th August. Membership including advance booking starts at £20 a year. Please visit our Get Closer page for more info or call Quay tickets on 0843 208 0500.


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