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5 Picks for Kids Under 8 at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Got children under 8? Here's our top picks...

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26 February 2018

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The Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature: 5 Picks From For Kids Under 8

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is back in Dubai this March, with even bigger focus this year on children and parents literature.

The event which will take place from March 1-10th, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City is expected to beat last year’s numbers of hosting more than 185 authors from around the world to entertain and educate over 44.000 visitors.

And while the festival is organised by the Emirates Literature Foundation, it will be held under the patronage of his His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for culture, arts, and heritage.

And for parents of children under 8 years old, here are our top events picks from the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature:

1. Hats Off to Jon Klassen (children above 4)

Jon Klassen will be joining this session live from the US to discuss his new tales with Mac Barnett. And kids above 4 years old are invited to join Jon for a chucklefest of readings, demonstrations of his stories and work, and who knows, maybe a sneak peek to some of his future work.

Also, you can get signed book plates for books purchased at the Festival Bookshop.

Date and Timing: Friday 2nd, March, from 10-11 am.

2. Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley (children above 6)

Both children and adults from all around the world love Tove Jansson’s Moomins. And in this session, Lifelong Moomin fan Philip Ardagh will introduce his book ‘The World of Moominvalley,’ which is a beautifully illustrated guide to Jansson’s magical world and its inhabitants.

The session will include revisiting the cast of unusual characters, showing how to spot a Moomin, and opening up the Moomin archive to show rarely seen material.

Date and Timing: Saturday 3rd, March, from 10-11 am.

3. Guy Parker-Rees: Giraffes Can’t Dance (children above 4)

Guy Parker-Rees, the illustrator of beloved children’s books Giraffes Can’t Dance, Be Brave Little Penguin, Dylan the Doctor and many more will share his storytelling magic on stage. And will show us how he creates his lively and loveable animal characters, and entertain us with a live drawing and an interactive reading of Giraffes Can’t Dance.

Date and Timing: Saturday 3rd, March, from 10-11 am.

4. Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came To Tea

This session will celebrate Judith Kerr’s beloved picture book’s 50th anniversary, and the author herself will be joining the event via video link, and will share stories from the past, read some portions from the book, tales of Mog, and will talk about the challenges of drawing tigers. There will also be an interactive fun for all, and maybe an appearance from the Tiger himself.

Date and Timing:Saturday 3rd, March, from 4-5 pm.

5. Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Reading Tree (children above 4)

Both the author and illustrator team of Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy are coming to town, so get ready for some storytime fun! This family interactive session will include educational and engaging tales, and the creators of more than 800 books in the Oxford Reading Tree series, Alex Brychta and Roderick Hunt will show the kids how to write and draw their own stories.

Date and Timing: Friday 9th, March, from 2-3 pm.