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Suffolk Libraries to host children’s summer author activities

Suffolk Libraries, the charity which runs the library service in Suffolk, has organised a programme of fun and engaging events and activities involving some top children’s authors this summer.

Following the success of last year’s online children’s book festival, which featured authors such as Lisa Thompson, Danny Wallace and Elly Griffiths, this year we’re hosting author events in several of our libraries to keep children entertained over the summer holidays.

The events will feature reading sessions and special activities, themed around each author’s books.

Lisa Brennan, Suffolk Libraries Content & Reader Development Librarian, said:

“We’re thrilled to get these fantastic authors involved in our summer activities and hope that children will enjoy hearing about their stories and taking part in the activities alongside the ever popular summer reading challenge.”

All events are £2 per child including refreshments. The full programme is as follows:

Dominique Valente:

Dominique will be giving a talk about her books and there will also be fun activities for children to get involved with. Dominique Valente is the author of the bestselling Starfell series, including Willow Moss and the Vanished Kingdom and Willow Moss and the Magic Thief. She is a lover of grumpy monsters, quirky dragons, misbehaving magic, gardens that whisper, and houses that breathe. These events are suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.

Marjoke Henrichs:

Marjoke was born in The Netherlands, but has lived and worked in the UK as an Artist and Theatre Designer for many years. Marjoke's debut picture book No! Said Rabbit published by Scallywag Press, was shortlisted for the Book Trust Storytime prize 2021, and was translated into 12 languages. Ready! Said Rabbit was published earlier this year.

Amanda Kidd:

Ipswich-based children's author Amanda Kidd loves making children happy with her stories—be they about a cupcake-loving girl, an adventure-seeking scarecrow, or a kind-hearted gerbil. Living next to Orwell Country Park has inspired her to create other interesting characters, including Mel the Mole, who is featured in her last book, Oh, Ellie!. Signed copies of her book will be available for purchase.

Tickets for these events are available to book online, with the exception of the Dominique Valente event at Felixstowe which is bookable via the library.

Starting in September, we will be hosting an Autumn Online Book Festival, featuring bestselling authors such as Elly Griffiths, Jill Mansell, Chris Carter and many more.