About Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

‘London now has a world-class children’s book festival’
Thanks, S F Said!

Howdy folks, here we are again!

We’re rolling in to our third year here as London’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival – high fives all round! – but even if you don’t want to take the word of one of the biggest names in kids’ books, then let us tell you a little bit about what we have planned for beside Barnes Pond on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017.

We’ve got two days chock full of fun events and activities with some of your favourites like Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt, a few famous faces like Clare Balding and David Baddiel and a couple that are nothing short of national treasures like Barnes’s best known resident Judith Kerr and Floella Benjamin!

For fans of Harry Potter and Roald Dahl we’ve got some amazing new shows, the chance to get creative with Aardman Animations and loads of other opportunities to read, write, learn, laugh, draw, create, act, play and partake! Some of it’s free too!

Don’t forget to keep your eye on Facebook @BarnesKidsLitFest and Twitter @kidslitfest for all the latest Festival news.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Love, The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival XO


  • The-Superhairies
  • Sally Gardner
  • Roger McGough
  • Smriti Prasadam-Halls
  • Mary Evans
  • Karen McCombie with BCLF volunteer
  • Helena Coggan
  • Emer Stamp
  • David Mackintosh
  • Cat Detective
  • Boulevarde Theatre
  • Axel-Scheffler
  • Michael Morpurgo launching BCLF
  • Michael Morpurgo with fans
  • Willy The Wimp
  • Willy The Wimp
  • Lauren Child & David Mackintosh
  • Lauren Child & BCLF Voulnteers
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Jacqueline Wilson audience
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Morris Gleitzman
  • Joseph Coelho
  • Sibéal Pounder
  • Sean Taylor
  • Robin Stevens
  • Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers
  • Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers-2
  • Philip Reeve
  • David Melling
  • OSO
  • Michelle Robinson's spaceboy
  • Karen McCombie with volunteer Melissa John
    BCLF 2015 Gallery 1
  • Axel Scheffler
    BCLF 2015 Gallery 2