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A readable feast?

March 19, 2012

Playing by the Book Edible Book Festival Entry 65 - Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm

The parents at CLiF are well aware of how many youngsters try to eat books as their parents read to them. So we couldn’t help but click when we saw a link on Twitter about an “Edible Book Festival.” Visions of edible books danced in our heads, yet we thought a bit too literally. (What were the chances of that, really?)

What we found was still a lot of fun. The blog Playing By The Book has organized its First Annual Edible Book Festival in partnership with British children’s book author Emma Chichester Clark. Clark’s newest book is Wagtail Town – Lulu and the Best Cake Ever.

So what is an “edible book”? You’ll have to check out this photo gallery from Playing by the Book to find out.

What we can tell you is that this looks like a really fun activity for parents and kids to team up on to share their love of their favorite books.

PS – We couldn’t help but track down a little more info about these edible book festivals. According to the blog, “International Edible Book Festivals” have been happening all over the world since 1999.

Here are the basic guidelines, via

Participation rules are as follows:

1 the event must be held on April 1st (or close to that date)

2 All edible books must be “bookish” through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.

3 Organizations or individual participants must register with the festival’s organization (go to Registration) and see to it that the event is immortalized on the international festival website (

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 8:16 pm

    Yes, it’s definitely a great way for people to have fun with books. I’ve been sent so many stories about kids and their grownups enjoying choosing their book to represent and then having great fun playing together in the kitchen. I wish I had prizes for everyone!

    • March 20, 2012 2:07 pm

      I bet! I’m happy it’s gone so well for you. Our program director is always talking about her son chewing board books. I told her all about this when I arrived at the office this morning. Nice work!

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