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LitFest Writers and Illustrators

Keep boredom at bay and your children reading with this selection of writers and illustrators we know and love from attending the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature over the years.

Ages 6 and under

Philip Ardagh: Draw a bunny with Philip Ardagh (who doesn’t draw the pictures in his books) and other fun activities

Jon Burgerman: Zippy backgrounds for Zoom, video making tips and readings from the How to Eat Pizza author

Pamela Butchart: Watch her read the classic Never Tickle a Tiger

Elisabetta Dami: Create your own adventure with superstar mouse Geronimo Stilton

Oliver Jeffers: Wonderful and whimsical daily stories and illustrations for younger children

Emily Gravett: Draw along and read with the award winning writer of Cyril and Pat

Sarah McIntyre: Free downloadable fun on her website and #DrawingWithSarah series. 

Guy Parker-Rees: Draw cheeky chimps and other animals every Tuesday and Thursday  search #DrawwithGuy on Twitter and see how other children are doing.

Magic Phil: Dubai’s best loved children’s entertainers reads from his books

Magic Phil

Tony Ross: For little princess and princes who do not  want to wash their hands the legendary Tony Ross reads his classic story and explain why it’s so important

Chitra Soundar: The Wash Your Hands poem will inspire children during this challenging time, and here is an entertaining read from the author

Age six and above

Floella Benjamin:  the much-loved children’s TV presenter and author gives an animated reading of Jason Goes to the Market

Rob Biddulph:  Aliens, sausage dog and his famous Gregosaraus; fun and easy drawing classes for children #DrawWithRob

Tony De Saulles: Join the author/illustrator for a reading of Bee Boy, with song and mini-drawing workshop

Kes Gray: A different story every day until Corona goes away; picture books for children and resources for teachers

Ross Montgomery: Fantastic activities based on his books Space Tortoise and Max and the Millions,from drawing to crafts.

Michael Morpurgo: Readings, videos and interviews with the legendary children’s writer, head to Facebook @MichaelMorpurgoofficial

Harriet Muncaster: Make your own Isadora Moon mini book and other fun activities

Korky Paul: Top tips for bringing your characters to life, have a go with the wonderful draw-along for Winnie the Witch

Fabi Santiago: Make your own you unicorn and other crafts, colouring and more with the fantastic children’s books illustrator

Andy Stanton:  Silly fun in his reading of ‘Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire’, and brilliant podcast Ask the Nincompoops, with Carrie Quinlan.

David Walliams: A free audio story every day from the comedian and children’s favourite author

Age eight and above

Gillian Cross: Challenge children with these story starters from award-winning author of The Demon Headmaster series

Jeff Kinney: Quizzes, writing tips and more from the super-star writer of the Wimpy Kid series #WimpyKidYouTube

Jeff Kinney and the Wimpy Kid

Tom McLaughlin: Read and draw along with the author of The Accidental Prime Minister

Piers Torday: Catch a chapter a day with author of The Last Wilds on Instagram and his YouTube channel

Jacqueline Wilson: The prolific writer has been generous with her time reading stories online. Here she reads for Puffin Storytime

Age ten and above

Anthony Horowitz: Online launch of the latest in the much-loved Alex Rider series, 20 years after the first.

Jo Knowles: Listen to the first chapter of Where The Heart Is and engage students with a fun writing exercise

Kiran Millwood Hargrave:  An absorbing read from her fabulous book The Girl of Ink & Stars  

Robin Stevens: Murder Most Unladylike author offers weekly creative writing prompts and reads as part of Puffin Storytime  

Young adults

Carlos Andres Gomez: Watch the award-winning slam poet who is part of a project to counteract bullying in high-school.

Victoria Aveyard: Follow @VictoriaAveyard on Twitter and Instagram for The Red Queen Live, discussing her famous YA series. There is no schedule so watch out for her occasional polls on what to talk about.

Harry Baker: Be mesmerized by the world slam poetry champion with Something Borrowed every Wednesday

Francis Hardinge: The new book from the award-winning YA writer has just been launched. For readings, books reviews and more, follow her on Twitter @FrancesHardinge

Taran Matharu: Demons, magic and epic adventure – the first book in the New York Times bestselling Summoner Trilogy is free on Audible and downloadable on Kindle for less than Dhs 10.

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