The Wee Write Family Day provides an opportunity for young readers to engage with books

The Wee Write Family Day provides an opportunity for young readers to engage with books

Debi Gliori, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Elmer the Elephant are among this year's highlights

After almost a decade of Aye Write!, this established Glasgow books festival has now spawned Wee Write!, a debut spin-off for children, schools and families.

Thousands of children will take part across the festival (which runs from Wed 5–Fri 14 Mar) and with all manner of screen-shaped distractions around these days, it’s a relief to know that such events can still draw in a young generation of readers.

‘We’ve certainly noticed no reduction in the interest of reading among children, and to see kids at live events with the authors with books in their hands, you can really feel the excitement,’ notes Karen Cunningham, Aye Write! director and Glasgow’s head of libraries. ‘The level of demand this year for our children’s book events has outstripped anything we’ve ever done before.’

Much focus of Wee Write! will be on the family day which takes place at the Mitchell Library on Sat 8 Mar. Among the treats in store are events celebrating Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Elmer the patchwork elephant, while Tom Palmer will try to get everyone concentrating on the Rugby Reading Game.

Debi Gliori shows up with What’s the Time Mr Wolf? (for everyone’s information, that one runs from 11am till noon) while for older kids, the Metaphrog duo will be on hand to conduct a comics workshop.

‘We have chosen the best authors and most exciting and entertaining events to match a range of ages and interests,’ says Cunningham. ‘Wee Write! is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland’s kids to be at the heart of this year’s festival and to engage with the very best children’s authors.’

Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Sat 8 Mar.

Debi Gliori

The author and illustrator chats about her famous kids picture books, including Dragon Loves Penguin about a dragon who finds an abandoned egg.

Wee Write!

A jam-packed programme of activities and readings for children, families and school pupils of all ages.

Comic Workshop with Metaphrog

Graphic novelists Metaphrog are best known for their multiple award nominated Louis series. Join them for a lively and interactive workshop, create your own comic characters and learn the secrets of visual story-telling. Suitable families, children 10+

Tom Palmer – Rugby Reading Game

Tom's thrilling stories, rooted in the world of sport, have helped many reluctant young readers to discover a love of books. Join his Six Nations Rugby Reading Game for an exciting family quiz with a difference, including an indoor goal kicking competition. There's even a trophy for the winners! Suitable families…

Charlie and the Chocolate factory: 50 Whipple-Scrumptious Years

Celebrate 50 years of Roald Dahl's signature book: test your Charlie and the Chocolate Factory knowledge during our Willy Wonka runaround quiz, play 'Chocolate Bingo', hunt the Golden Ticket, plus lots more 'Dahlistic' chocolaty fun! Suitable families, children 8-12 years

Happy Birthday Elmer! Elmer's Parade

Elmer, David McKee's adorable patchwork elephant, is 25 years 'young' in 2014. Have a 'trumpeting' good time with Elmer crafts and interactive storytelling, then help to complete our giant Elmer jigsaw. Suitable families, children 3-7 years

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