We provide welcoming and inclusive spaces for young children and their parents/carers to enjoy exciting and inspiring events, participate in interactive activities and discover the joy of reading and creativity together.

Check out our regular Little Reads programme and The 100 Story Hotel below.

For more information about our offer for children and families please email our Children and Young People's Programme Producer Miriam Wild.

Little Reads

Little Reads is a fun, interactive workshop using drama, dance, songs, play and craft to explore children’s picture books. Most suitable for children aged 2 to 6 but all family members are welcome. We usually meet once a month in libraries across Greater Manchester.

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You can also keep up to date by joining our Little Reads Facebook group here.

Little Reads take place monthly in the following venues:

Rochdale Central Library – 11am 1st Monday of the month

Hazel Grove Library – 11am 1st Tuesday of month

Z-arts Children's Library – book for Z-arts sessions - 10.30am 1st Wednesday of month

Stockport Central Library – 11am 1st Wednesday of month

Broughton Library – 11am 1st Thursday of month

Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre – 11am 2nd Monday of month

Stretford Library – 11am 2nd Thursday of month

Manchester Central Library – 11am 3rd Saturday of month

Oldham Library – 11am Last Friday of month

This is a space for you and your little ones to have fun sharing a story, singing, moving and playing. Remember to join in yourself as your child/ren love to copy you

If you can’t make a live session you can enjoy some digital sessions on the MLF YouTube channel. COVID precautions: Please feel free to wear a face mask if you wish. If you or your family members are experiencing any symptoms of Covid 19 please do not attend. We hope to see you next time. If you have any questions about Little Reads, you can get in touch with our Children & Young People's Programme Producer: miriam@manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Two young children dressed up in the 100 Story Hotel

100 Story Hotel

We are delighted to be partnering with Z-arts on this interactive world of play and storytelling for 1 – 8-year-olds and their grown-ups, created with bestselling, multi-award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph and Discover Children’s Story Centre.

At The 100 Story Hotel there are all sorts of guests; lions and tigers, dinosaurs and bears. Some sausage dogs are having a party on the hotel beach. And that’s to say nothing of the dedicated staff. The porters are penguins, the housekeeping team is headed up by a handy octopus – and you’ve already met the polar bear concierge.

There’s just one problem at this wonderful establishment – although the hotel is usually full of 100 amazing stories, one story has just gone missing! We desperately need your help to find the naughty culprit. Can you follow the clues and track them down?