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 5-12 years. At each event, some of the best storytellers perform and children are invited to work together to craft their own story. 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 – encouraging our writers of the future! You can download some of our published books below, or purchase your own copies of the colouring book collection from Paper Based Bookshop

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the caravan was replaced by Bocas Storytime  – so our children could enjoy Caribbean books, 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. 

 

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Click to download your own copy of the Caravan Colouring Book!

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