Sponsored by the NGC, the Bocas lit Fest annually holds the Children’s Storytelling Caravan, a vibrant series of island-wide storytelling events for children aged 5-13 years. At each venue, some of the best storytellers perform, after which children are invited to craft a story based on a suggested title. Trained teams from the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest discuss ideas for story elaboration, guiding children through the basics of exposition towards character development, observation of the environment, personal, social and community relationships. It is our hope that by unleashing and guiding the children’s creativity, they are inspired to value self-expression through the written word.
The stories the children create are illustrated and published annually in a colouring book and in the Sunday Junior Express. You can download the books and read the stories here, or purchase your own copies of the colouring book collection from Paper Based Bookshop.
For 2020 and 2021, the Children’s Storytelling Caravan has been replaced by Dragonzilla’s Online Storytime – so our children can enjoy animated videos and local storytelling from the safety of home.
Who is Dragonzilla?
Dragonzilla is the mascot of the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest. This smiling friendly dragon lives in the Bocas del Dragón (Dragon’s Mouths) in the Gulf of Paria, but comes out to visit children who take part in the Children’s Storytelling Caravan, helping them to develop a love for reading, writing and storytelling.