Sunday 28 January, all afternoon.

JW3 and Jewish Book Week bring you Bookniks, our very own children’s book festival. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of stories, crafts, puppetry and some of the most exciting children’s writers around. Including the much-loved Judith Kerr, Emma Carroll, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, Irving Finkel and Raphael Honigstein and a celebration of Shel Silverstein.

Shel Silverstein’s Session of Silliness


For ages 3+

Join us for a celebration of the late, great poet, songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of some of the best-loved stories and poems for children, including The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic and The Unicorn. Brought to you by the all-singing, all-storytelling and really rather silly Jonny Berliner and Abi Symons.

Puppet Tales

2.45-3.15pm, 3.30-4pm, 4.15-5.45pm

For ages 2-5

Tiger Boat Theatre bring a beautiful Tu B’Shvat themed PJ Library story to life with puppets and interactive storytelling.

Letters from the Lighthouse


For ages 8+

Queen of historical fiction, Emma Carroll presents her new novel, Letters from the Lighthouse. Following 12 year old evacuee Olive through a world of secrets, danger and discovery, this stunningly evocative wartime drama takes in the Kindertransport and the efforts of a Devon village to save the Jews of Europe.

Judith Kerr: Katinka’s Tail


For ages 4+

Beloved and iconic author Judith Kerr introduces her magical Katinka’s Tail and answer questions about her other books, from The Tiger Who Came to Tea to Mog the Forgetful Cat, in conversation with Nicolette Jones.

Football School: Where Football Explains The World 


For ages 7+ 

What is a vomitory? When do footballers wee? Where do goalkeepers let in chickens? When did women’s football start? Join authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, to hear the answers and more in this fun and interactive show, as they teach you how to score… with your head. 



Free Ticketed Events (pre booking or ticket required)

The Lifeboat that Saved the World 


For ages 9+

The story of the Flood and the Ark – inscribed by Babylonians over 4000 years ago – has now been retold from a young boy’s perspective by Irving Finkel, the curator in charge of cuneiform tablets at the British Museum, who vividly brings ancient Mesopotamia to life. Booking essential. 

Raphael Honigstein’s Big Book of Treasures 


For ages 8+

Author Raphael Honigstein takes you on a journey exploring through the world’s most famous treasures from Aztec gold to the contents of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple vaults to the long lost Jerusalem Temple Menorah - scintillating stories of history, culture and adventure to awaken your inner treasure hunter. Booking essential.

Free drop-in events (no pre-booking required)

Bookniks Bookshop
West End Lane Books
 is delighted to be supporting Bookniks and will be running the on-site festival bookshop, where authors will sign their books.

Jungle Jam
2.15-2.45pm, 3.15-3.45pm, 4.15-4.45pm
For ages 0-6 years
Join us or a free, fun-filled celebration of the launch of Jungle Jam, an educational and fun children's book series for the under 5's about a jungle band who go incredible musical adventures together. Led by Louise and Noam lederman of Jungle Jam Publishing. Expect instruments, storytelling and craft.

Create Your Own Comic Book
For ages 5+
Come along during the afternoon to create your very own comic book.

Crafternoon: Bookniks
For ages 2+
Create your own Tu B'Shvat inspired bookmarks for your favourite book.

Soft Play
For ages 0-2 years
Bring your little ones along to explore soft mats and toys.

For our Jewish Book Week events, 5-9 March, click here