Look For A Book 2024

  • DATE

    27 May - 2 June 2024

  • TIME

    10:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome


    Young people




    Environment and Nature




    Manchester City of Literature

Getting in on the page turning action of Festival of Libraries 2024 first is our Look for a Book challenge takes place during the May half term holidays.

Hidden in and around the green spaces of Manchester’s libraries will be 500 copies of Konnie Huq’s Fearless Fairy Tales lying in wait to be found. In this shake up of classic tales you won’t meet damsels in distress, instead you will be captivated by characters like Sleeping Brainy, whose dream is to become the Chancellor of the Exchequer! Those that follow the clues will get a copy of the book and they will also have the chance to meet Konnie during the festival and find out more about her writing and days as a Blue Peter presenter (1997-2008).

Konnie Huq, says, “I’m thrilled that Fearless Fairy Tales is off on a great adventure of its own around Greater Manchester’s green and community spaces for Look For A Book! I’m proud to be supporting libraries, this is such a fun way to share the range of services and activities they offer. Good luck treasure hunters and I look forward to seeing the winners in June!”.

To take part, follow your local library on social media (you can follow us on @mcrcityoflit to keep up to date with the hunt too!) and look out for clues posted each morning of where to find these extra special book packs nearby. They will be in green spaces nearby, and some even hidden in the libraries themselves.

Once you’ve found a pack, there will be your very own copy of Fearless Fairytales to enjoy, plus instructions on how to claim your golden ticket, to be in with a chance to meet Konnie at an event during the Festival of Libraries itself! Good luck treasure hunters.

To get involved you can find the clues in your borough through the links below:

Bolton: Facebook
Bury: Facebook
Manchester: Facebook
Oldham: Facebook
Rochdale: Facebook
Salford: Facebook
Stockport: Facebook
Tameside: Facebook
Trafford: Facebook
Wigan: Facebook



Look For A Book is the introduction to Festival of Libraries, which sees Greater Manchester’s entire library network put on a programme of exciting and celebratory activities. All of the libraries across Greater Manchester are taking part; from historic and internationally renowned libraries like Central Library, The Portico and John Rylands Research Institute and Library to the A to Z of community libraries, which take you from Abraham Moss Library to Z-Arts Children’s Library.