If you’re wondering what went on at the BOAMBF last Saturday, here’s a photographic record of just some of the events in the Bradford on Avon Library.

Kicking off the fun was Maudie Smith reading The Dressing-Up Dad and then getting everyone dressing up – as a giant caterpillar, among other things.


David Solomons gave the lowdown on My Evil Twin is a Supervillain and then met some eager fans.


Gill Lewis came to talk about Puppy Academy. Gill did her best to train a few young pups before signing some lovely books.


Then it was eyes down with Angie Morgan to make personalised comfort blankets to go along with her gorgeous new picture book,  That is Actually My Blanket, Baby!


It was a day full of craft and fun for the whole family. Children…


mums…and dads,


big brothers too…


…and Sharon Tregenza made sure there was something for our very youngest customers. Great pen technique!


Authors read chapters from Matilda while children listened hard and drew the characters, the events from the story, or designed their own versions of the title for our Matilda Hall of Fame. David Solomons couldn’t resist staying on to read a chapter or two.

Nor could Angie Morgan


or Maudie Smith. Don’t read yourself to sleep though, Maudie!


Rachel Ward proved that while crime doesn’t pay it really can be a laughing matter.


Alex Campbell and Angie Morgan sent scores of children home with their own handmade mini books. And Ian the toymaker Mckay and Fleur the thriller writer Hitchcock kept the animal menagerie growing throughout the day.


Oh yes, and well over 100 children signed up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. We’ve got a lot more Animal Agents out there now.

Huge thanks to all our sponsors: Nosy Crow, Chicken House Books, Firefly Press and BOA Town Council, thanks to all our helpers at the library and in the wider Bradford on Avon community. Special thanks to Carole and Jim from Ex Libris bookshop and to the wonderful Natasha Greig for taking photographs all day long.

That’s all folks! See you next year.