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Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: The Gingerbread Guy

Event 2 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story provides a new twist on fairy tale favourites – by matching them with her recipes so that parents and children can bake together!

In this enchanting storytelling session, Nadiya will share her take on classic tales, with stories including the ‘The Gingerbread Guy’, ‘Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk’, and ‘Ruby-Red and the Three Bears’.

And what about a demonstration of our favourite baker’s showstopping talent? Nadiya will decorate a Gingerbread Guy on stage and then children will receive a gingerbread man of their own to take home!

To get a taste of what this session is about, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bDqnzi2i18

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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This Book is Out of Control!

Event 126 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Richard Byrne
This Book is Out of Control! is the latest ‘fourth wall-breaking’ book to star Bella, Ben, their dog and a book that frankly has no idea how to behave itself. As in This Book Just Ate My Dog and We’re in the Wrong Book, things are just going to get sillier unless the young reader can save them! A hilarious, interactive session featuring live drawing by this amazing illustrator.

Richard Byrne, who is also author and illustrator of This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye, The Great Moon Confusion and more, will take children and parents on a fun-filled trip into his wild imagination.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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You Can't Always Tell

Event 23 Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Can you have food allergies and still have fun? Of course you can, but for children it can be a hard adjustment, leaving them feeling excluded and isolated. When Priyanka Talwar’s son was diagnosed with allergies, she was inspired to write You Can’t Always Tell to help the millions of other parents and children affected by showing children that they can be safe but still be involved. Join Priyanka for a fascinating talk and interactive family session.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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In Search of Lost Hats: Live Video Link with Jon Klassen

Event 90 Friday 10 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Jon Klassen
Are you ready for a hilarious hat hunt?

Jon Klassen’s award-winning picture books I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat are loved by children and adults alike for their clever, understated humour. The third part of the ‘hat trilogy’, We Found a Hat, features two shifty-eyed turtles, one fabulous hat, and a struggle between loyalty and temptation. 

Jon will be joining by live video link to talk all about animals, hats and more in this hilarious talk and demonstration of his art.

Check out the trailer for We Found a Hat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwiNmltK1CE

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

In Search of Lost Hats: Live Video Link with Jon Klassen

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Jamal's Journey: A Little Camel Lost in the Desert

Event 95 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Jamal is a little camel with little legs so he must walk, walk, walk through the desert. Renowned author/illustrator Michael Foreman’s latest book features a camel and his boy exploring a setting that might be very familiar to some readers – the desert and city of Dubai. Inspired by Michael’s previous visit and available in both Arabic and English, this is a must-read book for children of any nationality growing up in the UAE.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Michael talk about Jamal and a menagerie of memorable animal characters from his other books, including Cat & Dog, Friends, Fox Tale, Tufty, Cat on the Hill and Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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Maitha Al Khayat & Sarah McIntyre present: Pirate Picture Book Bonanza!

Event 125 Friday 10 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Marrrrhaba! Join two top picture book creators, from the UK and the UAE, in creating an on-the-spot illustrated story, using your ideas! Discover storytelling secrets and get ready for rumbustuous fun and laughs for the whole family. Followed by a chance to get your books signed and doodled by the authors!

Maitha Al Khayat is one of the UAE’s most prolific Emirati children’s illustrators and writers. She has published 17 books, including My Own Special Way and Turn Off the Lights, and writes for the children’s TV shows Sesame Street and Hamdoon.

Sarah McIntyre is an illustrator and writer of books and comics who works out of the Fleece Station studio in London. She is the author and illustrator of Dinosaur Police and, with Philip Reeve, is the co-creator of Pugs of the Frozen North, Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair and more.

Language: Arabic, English 

Age Group: 4+

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Dinosaurs, Monsters and Aliens!

Event 113 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Smriti Prasadam-Halls brings a loud, lively session full of dinosaurs, monsters and aliens in a celebration of her brilliant picture books T-Veg, Don’t Call Me Sweet and the all-new My Alien and Me.

Smriti’s interactive sessions are an unmissable experience for the youngest children and parents who want to read – and laugh – along with them.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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