Sponsor Booktastic

Booktastic Children’s Book Festival is going from strength to strength every year.

Booktastic’s profile in Bedford, Bedfordshire and around the country is increasing rapidly as word is getting out about this great children’s book festival.

After the success of our mini BookFest on Saturday 3rd November, with over 300 ticket sales we want to make the next Big Booktastic Book Fest on 6-7 July 2019 the best one Bedford has ever seen.

If you are interested in sponsoring Booktastic BookFest, please email booktasticbedford@gmail.comDrKWSX6W4AAMb4t

Photographs by Chiara MacCall


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..


Tickets now on Sale!

Here is how our BookTastic day on Saturday 3rd November is shaping up:

10am – 11am: Jonny Duddle – buy tickets here

Jonny Duddle, award-winning author/illustrator of Gigantosaurus, King of Space, the hugely popular Pirates Next Door series AND illustrator of the latest Harry Potter book covers!  This will be a fun-filled adventure with his latest picture book, The Pirates of Scurvy Sands!  Live drawing, reading, this is NOT TO BE MISSED!

11.30am – 12.30pm: A.F. Harrold – buy tickets here 

Performance poet. Children’s book author. Coolest person on the planet. A.F. Harrold is ALL OF THESE THINGS and he has graciously agreed to return to BookTastic BookFest to chuck some more melodious words in our ears. Tickets will go fast. You have been warned.

1pm – 2pm – David Roberts – buy tickets here

One for your older children, David Roberts, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ and the hugely popular ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ will joins us on 3rd November with his new book, the highly acclaimed ‘Suffragette’, an exquisitely illustrated history of the women’s suffrage movement.

2.30pm – 3.30pm – David Litchfield & Ross Montgomery – buy tickets here

Take your children to see award-winning illustrator & author David Litchfield along with award-winning author, Ross Montgomery!

They will be drawing, reading and generally enjoying themselves!

David’s work with Ross (The Building Boy, Perijee and Me, Max and the Millions, A Christmas Dinner of Souls) has proven to be a perfect partnership – Ross has been nominated for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year, selected for the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Modern Children’s Classics, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award and included in the Guardian’s Best New Childrens Books 2018 list.

Their latest picture book, Space Tortoise, is a beautiful, moving and heartwarming tale about bravery, kindness and welcoming strangers.



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.