Ross Montgomery & David Litchfield

Get lost in space with author Ross Montgomery and illustrator David Litchfield…. Once, in an old rusty bin in an old rusty playground in an old empty park.

. ….there lived a little tortoise.

But Tortoise is lonely. He’s never seen any other tortoises, and wonders where they could all be hiding. Then, one day, he looks up and the night sky, and sees a million blinking lights winking at him. “That must be where the other tortoises are – at the top of the sky! I wish I could join them.” But how can a little tortoise get to the top of the sky? And so begins a magical journey..



David Roberts – Suffragette

David Roberts, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ and the hugely popular ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ joins us with his new book, the highly acclaimed ‘Suffragette’, an exquisitely illustrated history of the women’s suffrage movement.

You can find out more about David’s book here: https://www.panmacmillan.com/auth…/david-roberts/suffragette

David Litchfield!

David Litchfield has been named as one of the the Top 500 influencers in Picturebook and Children’s Publishing in the UK and Ireland!

Oh yes, and he’s coming to BookTastic Children’s Book Festival at The Place Theatre on Saturday 3rd November.  Tickets out soon!  Like this page to make sure you get our updates.

Getting BookFest flyers to our local schools

Phew! We’re already working hard to get the word out around Bedfordshire about BookTastic’s little BookFestival on Saturday 3 November.

We want to make sure as many children as possible get to hear about BookTastic and get the chance to come along. Books are for everyone!

Ticket prices are being kept as low as possible – £3 for a child and only £1 for their accompanying adult.

We’re getting ready to send out flyers and posters to schools and groups across the borough.

Can you help?  Would your Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs or Brownie packs be interested?   Will your local school distribute the flyers to all the children?

Just click on this spreadsheet, lovingly made by Rachael, to let us know which school you can ask and how many flyers (if any!) they would need.

Thanks for supporting BookTastic 2018!




BookTastic BookFest is Back! Saturday 3 November 2018

We are so very excited to announce that the next BookTastic Children’s Book Festival will take place in Bedford on  3rd November!

Saturday 3rd November we will be running a full day programme with lots of authors coming along to inspire you and your children to keep on reading!

Watch this space as we reveal who will be coming along!  Have a look here if you would like to get more involved – Help us Run BookTastic 2018!


We’re fine-tuning the pixels on the ticketing website, tweaking the programmes and flyers, and basically trying desperately not to get completely over-excited about the imminent launch of this year’s Book Festival!

To occupy our twitching hands, we’ve decided to introduce you to some of the amazing authors and illustrators who will be joining us on Sunday 28th June, starting with Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize winner, Robin Stevens…

Robin is author of the Wells and Wong Murder series, highly acclaimed here in the UK and launched this month in the US. As well as winning the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, she was selected for The New Stateman’s best books for children; The Telegraph’s best book’s for children list; and won Best Primary Novel in the Oxfordshire Book Awards.

Set in the very English backdrop of Deepdean School for Girls, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are schoolgirls with a thirst for mystery. When they set up the Wells and Wong Detective agency, however, they have no idea that their first case will be murder…

Murder Most Unladylike and Arsenic for Tea are out in the UK now, and the third book in the series, First Class Murder, will be released in July 2015 – so chances are you’ll get a sneak preview at her session at BookTastic! Make sure you ask her about her pet bearded dragon named Watson, and growing up across the road from Alice in Wonderland. Ages 9-13.