The biggest event of the year for young readers is back! This Sunday, find your way through the Sticky Maze and onto the lawns of the State Library of Victoria for this year's Children's Book Festival – an activity-packed big day out for the small person in your life.
Click here for the full programme of events, and start planning your day. Did we mention it's all free?
For children who love literature, we're putting on a smorgasbord. See characters springing to life from the pages of famous books, play giant word games, take part in illustration workshops and loads more.
Inside the library, you can listen to stories all day in our Storytelling Pavilion, or dive in and help build the biggest book ever. If that whets your appetite, head to our Publishing House – where you can design a book from scratch!
And what's a Children's Book Festival without the clever minds who create the books?
You'll encounter some of your favourite writers and illustrators – either in our Workshop Zone at The Wheeler Centre, or on stage at our Meet the Author and Illustrator sessions in Experimedia (inside the library). If you've missed out on a booking for the Experimedia sessions, don't worry; you can still bring your book to be signed by your favourite author.
(If you've booked tickets for those sessions with Terry Denton, Jackie French, Andy Griffiths
and John Marsden, be sure to arrive 10 minutes before your session starts: these events will be hugely popular, and we can't hold seats for latecomers.)
And for the chance to win a fabulous bookish prize, put on your finest superhero get-up, or dress as your favourite children's book character – because the 774 ABC Melbourne fancy dress competition is back! To be in the running, get to the 774 tent on the library lawns at 11am.
So circle this Sunday 23 March on your calendar, pack your love of stories and join us for a huge celebration of children's literature.
Browse the full programme now >