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Children and their parents will enjoy a range of new shows with some famous characters at this year’s Loogabarooga Festival of Children’s Illustrated Literature.

Events and shows at Loogabarooga 2017, taking place at various venues in Loughborough from 18-24 October include Lauren Child with Charlie & Lola and Clarice Bean, The Hairy Maclary and Friends show, Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids, the first-ever Loogabarooga Comic Fair and a new Loogabarooga Dog Show.

 Gemma Denham. Photo Credit: Loogabarooga

The Loogabarooga Festival is for families who love books and illustrated literature. This year, it will also include new book trails, free creative drop-in workshops, storytelling sessions, and advice on how to write and illustrate your own book. There will also be appearances from some local authors and illustrators such as Dave Shelton, Andrew Everett-Stewart and Gemma Denham.

Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child will be appearing in her own show at Loogabarooga 2017 to talk about the ‘stories behind the stories’ and there will also be a rare chance to see a selection of original work, specially picked by Lauren Child from her private collection in ‘The Art of Lauren Child – Adventures with Charlie and Lola and friends’ exhibition at Charnwood Museum.

Photo Credit: Loogabarooga

The unique, hand-painted Book Benches will also return, featuring cover artwork from some of the nation’s favourite Ladybird children’s stories including Shopping with Mother, Cinderella and Bunnikins Picnic Party. This year will also see a Lauren Child Clarice Bean book bench, on loan from the National Literacy Trust for the duration of the festival. The benches will be located throughout the town centre.

Chris Traill, Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “There are some terrific events for children and their families at this year’s Loogabarooga Festival, whether they want to read along with us, listen to and meet characters from some of their favourite stories, learn how to illustrate and draw or just have fun with books.”

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