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Blue Peter Book Club Live at Central Library!

Manchester Libraries, CBBC and The Reading Agency are excited to announce Blue Peter Book Club Live! 

Blue Peter, the BBC’s iconic children’s television series, is partnering with The Reading Agency and Manchester Libraries on an exciting new initiative called Blue Peter Book Club Live. This ambitious project aims to inspire a love of reading and creativity in primary school-aged children across Greater Manchester and throughout the UK.

Blue Peter Book Club Live Saturday 18th May. 

Join the Blue Peter presenters Abby, Joel and Shini (and Henry the Dog!) for a day celebrating the love of reading. There’ll be guest authors, creative crafts, special story times, masses of books and a chance to meet some magical classic book characters!

Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho and children’s author Eve Ainsworth will be chatting to the Blue Peter presenters about their fantastic books.

We’ll ALSO be joined by George and Gyasi from CBeebies Bedtime Stories!



Blue Peter Badge Trail

We’ll also be launching The Blue Peter badge trail on the day. Grab one of our special trail maps and take up the challenge to discover the massive Blue Peter badges on display in 12 different venues across Manchester.

Hunt for a Book Club Book! 

Fancy getting your hands on a FREE copy of one of the Book Club books? We’ll be hiding them all over Manchester! We’ll also be holding a range of “Book Hunt” events over the summer in Manchester parks and open spaces.

Blue Peter Book Club Live across the UK

Libraries and schools will be able to participate in The Blue Peter Book Club Live using activity packs and reading resources developed by The Reading Agency to create a nationwide celebration.

The Blue Peter Book Club introduces young readers to new writing and encourage a love of reading. In partnership with The Reading Agency an expert panel of librarians, booksellers and children in library sessions, chose a list of Blue Peter Book Club recommended reads from awesome authors and fantastic illustrators.

The Blue Peter Book Club Live will have a major presence on broadcast and digital. A special episode Blue Peter Book club Live will be shown on CBBC and iPlayer, 5pm, Friday 24th May live from Media City UK with authors and local school children taking part. Working in collaboration with BBC Arts, Blue Peter will also produce book review content, animations, digital games and more to engage kids at home and in the classroom.

The Blue Peter Book Club Live will take place into Summer 2024 with a series of pop-up events at libraries and schools across the UK.

The Blue Peter Book Club Live is supported through funding from Arts Council England’s Project Grants.