Local sponsors bring BookTastic Children’s Book Festival to live


With excitement building for this summer’s spectacular BookTastic children’s book festival, the event organisers are shining the spotlight on the local businesses that are supporting the event and helping to open up the world of books to young readers in Bedford and beyond.

In addition to national funding from Arts Council England and Big Local, the success of BookTastic depends on the generous support of local organisations that are passionate about improving literacy and access to literature for young people, regardless of their circumstances.

The literacy heroes who are the backbone of the BookTastic festival include Bedford Educational Association, Bedford Borough Council, YouCanBook.Me, The Culture Challenge, The Gale Family Charity Trust and the Harpur Trust.

The vital funds that these organisations provide have helped BookTastic to bring the biggest names in children’s literature to Bedford, providing exciting events for families and schools in the local community for nearly ten years.

Funding from partners allows BookTastic to reduce the costs to allow more children to attend the events, ensuring that everyone has access to literature – particularly those for whom reading can often be seen as an expensive luxury.

Rachael Rogan, Founder of BookTastic, said: “The BookTastic festival simply couldn’t happen without the generous support of our incredible partners.

“These organisations recognise how important literacy is for our young people and are committed to helping us keep the festival as low cost as possible, ensuring every child who wants to take part has access to these inspiring events.

“We would love to hear from other companies or individuals who want to help us take BookTastic into its next chapter.”

Local author and illustrator, David Litchfield at BookTastic

BookTastic has ambitious plans to widen access to the festival in the future and reach those in greatest need of literacy support.

In order to achieve this, the festival organisers are appealing for more businesses to become part of the BookTastic story – visit the BookTastic website to see how your organisation can get involved.

Individuals can also help to contribute to the BookTastic crowdfunder here and pledge support to the future of the festival.

To find out more, to register your school for a livestream licence or to book tickets, email
festival@booktastic.org.uk or visit booktastic.org.uk.

Paid partnership with BookTastic Children’s Book Festival

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