ISLAMABAD - A two-day children's literature festival (CLF) will kick off today here. The event has been organised by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and Oxford University Press (OUP) in collaboration with the Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) Pakistan from Friday 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. up till Saturday at the Pak-China Friendship Centre.

The CLF co-founded by Baela Raza Jamil of ITA and Ameena Saiyid of OUP started from Lahore in 2011. In the last 12 months, CLF held successful events in Quetta, Peshawar, Bahawalpur and Karachi with an attendance of over 80,000 children and adults.

The Children's Literature Festival is a free public event. It is an exciting initiative aimed at promoting reading, creativity and critical thinking among the children of the country.

The festival will feature talks, interactive readings, discussions and workshops by well-known children's authors, poets and resource persons.  The event is packed with sessions on creative writing, bookmaking, poetry, comics, digital, stories, writing book reviews as well as book launches, book fair, theatre, cartoon and puppet shows. Children and educators from all over the country will attend the CLF as participants. Ambassadors of CLF include Arfa Syeda Zehra, Bapsi Sidhwa, Khaled Anam, Kishwar Naheed, Rumana Husain, Akram Dost, Munir A. Badini, Adeel Hashmi, Mira Hashmi, Nadia Jamil, Sania Saeed, Zobaida Jalal, Zubaida Mustafa, Fahd Hussain, Master Ayub, Basarat Kazim, Samar Minallah, Fauzia Minallah and Alif Laila Book Bus.