About BookFest

  • 32 years of BookFest

About BookFest

BookFest is a wonderful, fun-filled day for children and adults alike. Renowned authors and illustrators from across Canada are invited to present their work, tell stories about their creations and lives, and inspire youth through literature and art. Past presenters have included Marie-Louise Gay, Ashley Spires, Jeremy Tankard, Kevin Sylvester, Sarah Ellis, Kit Pearson, Michael Kusugak, Mike Deas, and many, many more. Find out about more past presenters here.

The day is divided into three sessions of 45 minutes each, starting at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Each child who registers may bring a parent and pick three BookFest presenter sessions of their choice. The presenters use a variety of techniques to inspire creativity and enthusiasm for books in their audience: some use technology, some use story-blankets, and others may leap and bounce about. Audience participation is common, as the presenters ask children to help with future book ideas or assist with a new illustration. 

Andrea Beck signs her book Pierre in the Air for a child at BookFest 2013

Each presenter will have books be available for purchase from our official BookFest book vendor, Well Read Books at Literacy Central Vancouver Island. The presenters will be available to sign books at the end of the day!

Presenters in the Schools

In the week leading up to the festival many of the authors and illustrators present in elementary schools throughout School District #68, #69, and independent schools across the Island. This important aspect of the festival ensures that we can bring the power and fun of literacy directly to students across Vancouver Island.