The inaugural Accra Children’s Book Festival (AccraChildFest) has been scheduled for September this year.
The Festival would afford young Ghanaian bookworms the opportunity to come face-to-face with their favourite authors.
The events on offer would be suitable for every age group ranging from ‘babes in arms’ sessions to toddler storytelling and teenage crafting workshops.
Arguably the first ever children’s book festival in Ghana, the AccraChildFest would present rhyming fun, family performances, creative workshops and appearances from best-selling authors.
The Festival is organised by the Accra International Book Festival (AIBF), which is the largest public celebration of literature in Accra.
In a statement Tuesday, Executive Director of the Accra International Book Festival, Iris Naa Norkor Akwetey, said the Book Festival aims at bolstering reading and writing among Ghanaian children.
“A befitting family legacy to bequeath to one’s children is to ensure that they are literate and book lovers,” she said.
Ms Akwetey explained the objective of the Festival is to encourage parents to enjoy reading together with their children.
“We also want to encourage teachers to teach their students how to creatively interact with characters in the books they read,” the statement added.
The inaugural AccraChildFest will feature world-class children’s book writers from Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
Parents and school authorities have been encouraged to take advantage of the event by registering their children and students.
The AccraChildFest represents the contribution of the Accra International Book Festival toward the building of the next generation of readers in the country.