Puffin Festival of Big Dreams : 8 – 14 June

6 June 2020

Calling all dreamers! Come celebrate the power of your imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday. Join authors, illustrations and real Puffins for writing masterclasses, draw-alongs and creative challenges. There’ll be oodles of ideas to keep children dreaming after screen-time. Get your free event pack from the Puffin website.

Send in your children's dreams:

ILLUSTRATOR IN RESIDENCE Nick Sharratt will be drawing dreams all week; creating a collage of children’s dreams to celebrate the power of imagination even in the most challenging times. Send in your children’s dreams via email to [email protected] or by using #PuffinDreamer in the comments. (Don’t forget to include their name and age too). Whether they’re dreaming of a magical pet, inventing something extraordinary or changing the world, every dream is important. Get them in by Friday 12 June.

How to watch:

Join in twice a day at 10:30 and 3:30 for a 15-20 minute video which will include a creative activity that you can try at home. You can watch on Puffin’s Facebook and YouTube channel. In the afternoon show Radzi and Nick will share dreams that you’ve sent in. Then on Saturday and Sunday set your alarm clocks for a live extravaganza that starts at 11AM.

For children aged 7 and up – and anyone who’s ever imagined their pet rabbit talking, a local river turning to chocolate or borrowers under the kitchen table.

The Full Schedule:

Monday – Dream Big

10.30am –  Creative Writing Challenge

Bring your incredible imagination and get those creative juices flowing with Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s Creative Writing Challenges, inspired by her short story Kandaka from The Puffin Book of Big Dreams.

3.30pm –  Mix-Up a Fairy Tale

Dream big and get ready to mix-up some fairy tales with Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart, there’ll be a special reading from You Choose Fairy Tales and a draw-along with Nick Sharratt at the end.

Tuesday – Dream Wild

The Puffin Festival of Big Dreams events will not be streamed on Tuesday 9 June out of respect for George Floyd’s funeral. Events will be rescheduled to Wednesday  when we hope that you can join us. To find out more about how to support black independent bookshops, publishers and writers please click here.

Wednesday – Dream Extraordinary

10.30am – Build An Adventure Workshop

Join this extraordinary workshop to create a wild and mind-blowing adventure story from scratch  and join in a draw-along with Frostheart author and illustrator Jamie Littler.

11.00am – Animal Quiz 

Play along and test your knowledge with Sam Copeland's paw-some Animal Quiz, featuring Charlie Changes Into A Chicken.

3.30pm – Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft-Along

For a very special, Very Hungry Caterpillar craft-along, you will need paper, paint, a paintbrush or sponge, scissors, pencil and glue.  Join Lucy Walters and get colourfully creative making a beautiful butterfly inspired by Eric Carle’s famous collage illustration technique!

4.00pm – Great Illustrators Draw-Off

Get ready to dream wild and see some drawing tips, as Nadia Shireen and Ed Vere battle it out in the Great Illustrators Draw-Off! Featuring doodles from How to be a Lion & Billy and the Dragon.

Thursday – Dream Magic

10.30am – Puppet Theatre Workshop

Grab a cardboard box and join Hana Tooke for a brilliantly magical and giggle-filled puppet theatre workshop inspired by The Unadoptables.

3.30pm – Magic Pony Draw-Along

Get your pens and paper ready and your magic dreaming hats on for a draw-along of Jonathan the Magic Pony with Stuart Heritage and Nicola Slater.

Friday – Dream Bold

10.30am – Storytime with Jacqueline Wilson

Settle down for a superb storytime with Jacqueline Wilson as she reads the winning story from the public vote!

3.30pm – Amazing Alphabets

Grab your festival kit and be inspired to dream bold and write your own A-Z of Amazing poem, as Rashmi Sirdeshpande explores Amazing Alphabets from The Puffin Book of Big Dreams.


Presented by Radzi and featuring Nick Sharratt drawing your dreams.

Saturday – Dream Curious

Join the Detective Society from the Murder Most Unladylike series, as the day kicks off with an interactive ‘Solve the Crime Live’ with Robin Stevens, where you will play along live by posting in the comments and shaping the story. Next, we’re heading over to Coquet Island to curiously watch-along and meet real life Puffins with the RSPB.  Finally, go on an EXCLUSIVE tour of the Wimpy Kid studio with best-selling author Jeff Kinney, where you will be challenged to dream curiously and create your own dreamy spaces!

Sunday - Dream Forever

Grab a pen and paper and get ready to start the day with the first ever draw-along of budding astronaut Rocket from Look Up! by the brilliant Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola. Plus, see a sneak peek of their brand new story Clean Up! Next, we’re dreaming forever with Into The Spotlight by Carrie Hope Fletcher, West End star and author of the newly re-imagined Ballet Shoes book! You’ll then go on a dreamy adventure through the stars with none other than Lucy Hawking, writer of Unlocking the Universe.

Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for, find out the winners of the National Book Tokens and Puffin Big Dreamers Writing Competition. Could it be you?!


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