Puffin Books Festival of Big Dreams

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PUFFIN, THE world’s biggest children’s book publisher is turning 80 this year and is launching the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams, an online festival full of new and exclusive creative activities to help families and children navigate the lockdown period.  

The jam-packed seven-day online festival, in partnership with Waterstones, will launch on June 8, and be available to view on Puffin’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

Bringing together some of Puffin’s most-loved contemporary children’s authors and illustrators, including Jeff Kinney, Jacqueline Wilson, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Robin Stevens, Nick Sharatt, Dapo Adeola, Nathan Bryon and Nadia Shireen, the festival will feature a whole host of digital creative workshops and exciting online activities to keep children entertained at home and dreaming big!

The online festival will be hosted by Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and will include a special guest appearance from some real-life Puffins who reside on Coquet Island Seabird Sanctuary.

As part of the online activation, Puffin are launching an accompanying Puffin Festival of Big Dreams Activity Kit, containing a whole host of activities for kids to get creative with as they watch along at home and to keep their imaginations dreaming long after screen-time is over.

This includes word searches, colouring sheets, a ‘Draw your Dream’ page where children can bring some of their biggest and boldest ideas to life, and a name generator for kids to find out what their “Big Dreamer” name is.

PUFFIN FESTIVAL OF BIG DREAMS SCHEDULE:

  • Monday 8 June – DREAM BIG
    • 10.30am: ‘Creative Writing Challenges’
      • With Yassmin Abdel-Magied
    • 3.30pm: ‘Mix Up a Fairy Tale’
      • With Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart
  • Tuesday 9 June – DREAM WILD
    • 10.30am: ‘Animal Quiz’
    • 3.30pm: ‘Great Illustrators Draw-Off’
      • With Nadia Shireen & Ed Vere
  • Wednesday 10 June – DREAM EXTRAORDINARY
    • 10.30am: ‘Build An Adventure Workshop’
    • 3.30pm: ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime and Craft-Along’
  • Thursday 11 June – DREAM MAGIC
    • 10.30am: ‘Puppet Theatre Workshop’
    • 3.30pm: ‘Magic Pony Draw-Along’
      • With Stuart Heritage & Nicola Slater
  • Friday 12 June – DREAM BOLD
    • 10.30am: ‘Storytime as voted for by viewers ‘The Worst Thing about My Sister’
    • 3.30pm: ‘Amazing Alphabets’
  • Saturday 13 June –  WEEKEND LIVE CREATIVE EXTRAVAGANZA: DREAM CURIOUS
    • From 11am:
      • ‘Solve the Crime Live’ with Robin Stevens
      • Wimpy Kid Studio Tour with Special Guest, Jeff Kinney
    •  ‘Meet the Coquet Island Puffins with the RSPB
  • Sunday 14 June – WEEKEND LIVE CREATIVE EXTRAVAGANZA: DREAM FOREVER
    • From 11am:
      • ‘Rocket Draw-Along’ with Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola
      • ‘Into The Spotlight’ with Carrie Hope Fletcher
      • ‘Star-gazing’ with Lucy Hawking
      • Winners of the Puffin and National Book Tokens Big Dreamers Writing Prize Announced

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