An exclusive interview with The Snowman’s creator Raymond Briggs A special seasonal edition of Reading Aloud with Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen unwrapping a selection of literary treats which include:

· A report on the enduring appeal of the pantomime story. Behind the scenes with a production of The Pied Piper of Hamlyn plus top tips on how to stage your very own school panto.
· The Charles Dickens Christmas legacy. Reading Aloud visits the elegant townhouse in London where Dickens and his family once lived – 48 Doughty St in Bloomsbury.
· Top Books for Christmas for children of all ages selected by critic Julia Eccleshare.
· An Alternative Christmas Message is prepared by students at one Birmingham school. We discover it’s a great opportunity to encourage speaking, listening and writing skills.
· Poetry In Motion – Michael Rosen continues his crusade to make poetry fun in the classroom.
· And a rare and exclusive interview with Raymond Briggs, the creator of The Snowman and Father Christmas.

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