The FT Weekend Literary Festival

We've been busy adding all the events for children and young people at this year's FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival. And what a line-up! Philip Pullman will be in conversation with Nicolette Jones (Children's Book Editor of The Sunday Times). This … [read more]

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Here at Book Events for Children we are celebrating a busy few months for our new service, Book Events for Schools, which organises author visits to primary schools. Working with a carefully-curated selection of authors, we provide advice and … [read more]

Angie Sage at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

A darkening room on an autumn afternoon provided the perfect backdrop to Angie Sage’s workshop about Araminta Spook, the ghost-hunting heroine of her latest series. Describing Araminta as a less scared version of herself, Angie discussed how her own … [read more]

Caryl Hart at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

Watching Caryl Hart in action during her Whiffy Wilson session, I was struck by the calm and unflappable way she ran the workshop. Here was a children’s author who seemed to delight in the impromptu contributions of her young audience. Rather than … [read more]

Yasmeen Ismail at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

“There’ll be tears and laughter” joked Yasmeen Ismail at the start of her event and she was certainly half right in her predictions; although we were spared any tears, there were lots of smiles and laughs among her young audience. Yasmeen’s … [read more]

Lauren Child at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

A quick glance round the audience of Lauren Child’s recent Ilkley Lit Fest event would have seen ‘middle children’ throughout the audience nodding in confident agreement as Ms Child shared her own trials of life as the second of three daughters. Her … [read more]

Andy Seed’s ‘Patron of Reading’ visit to Heather Garth Primary Academy, Rotherham

This week I have had the pleasure of accompanying author and poet Andy Seed on a visit to Heather Garth Primary Academy in Rotherham, where he is Patron of Reading. Patron of Reading initiative For those not familiar with the Patron of Reading … [read more]

National Non-Fiction November 2014

National Non-Fiction November 2014 Here at Book Events for Children, we're delighted to be participating in National Non-Fiction November, which is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual. Born out of … [read more]

Nicola Davies interview

Here at Book Events for Children, we first interviewed author Nicola Davies in 2012 and we've just caught up with Nicola again to find out more about her upcoming tour of schools in Argyll and Bute with the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book … [read more]

Book Events for Schools

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Here at Book Events for Children we are celebrating a busy few months for our new service, Book Events for Schools, which organises author visits to primary schools. Working with a carefully-curated selection of authors, we provide advice and … [read more]

Tom Palmer’s ‘Tour de Leeds Libraries’

As Tour de France fever grips the country, Tom Palmer is returning to his roots to celebrate the libraries of Leeds and the historic role the city will play in the race this summer. Just as the Grand Départ will set off from the city this summer, … [read more]

Berlie Doherty Interview

Double Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty spoke to us about her delight that her popular children's book, Snowy has been reissued by Troika Books. Berlie will appearing at the Inland Waterways Association’s festival in Chester on Sunday … [read more]

Kate Pankhurst at Leeds Central Library review

Kate Pankhurst at Leeds Central Library A child in full detective outfit – complete with fake moustache, raincoat and magnifying glass – can only mean one thing…Mariella Mystery’s investigative skills must be in demand again.  There were strange … [read more]

Suzanne Barton: Tips for Illustrators

Suzanne Barton's first picture book, The Dawn Chorus is due to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in April 2014. We caught up with Suzanne, fresh from her visit to Bologna Children's Book Fair and asked her to pass on her top tips for aspiring … [read more]

Sophie Tilley Interview

Sophie Tilley is something of a creative force, combining working as an author, illustrator and designer. She'll be showcasing her talents on World Book Day when she'll be taking over the window of Booka Bookshop in Oswestry. Sophie, your first … [read more]

Catalina Echeverri Interview

Catalina Echeverri's children's book, There’s a Dinosaur in my Bathtub has recently been published by Bloomsbury Publishing. To celebrate its release, Catalina will be taking part in Bloomsbury's 'Illustrated Windows' project and will be bringing a … [read more]

Barroux Interview

Discovering the diary of an unknown First World War soldier in the street sounds like a plot from a novel yet that it exactly what happened to French illustrator Barroux. Intrigued, we asked Barroux more about this chance discovery and how it led to … [read more]

What Makes a Successful Children’s Book Event?

Once an author has submitted the final edit of their children's book, they should feel a rightful sense of pride. The months, if not years, of hard work have paid off and the book will soon be on the shelves. In fact though, the hard - and very … [read more]

Book Events for Children’s Advent Calendar

With Christmas approaching, take a peek at Book Events for Children’s Advent Calendar, which features a delightful book-related event to enjoy each day in the run-up to Christmas (from 1st-24th December). Events across the country range from festive … [read more]

Book Week Scotland (Nov 25th-Dec 1st 2013)

Book Week Scotland is week-long celebration of books and reading across Scotland. Running from November 25th-December 1st 2013, there will be over 400 events taking place at 349 locations across Scotland. During last year's event, more than 30,000 … [read more]

National Non-Fiction Day (Thursday 7th November 2013)

National Non-Fiction Day This Thursday (7th November) is National Non-Fiction Day when works of non-fiction are celebrated. Whilst there are many awards and initiatives encouraging readers and writers of fiction, the world of non-fiction doesn't … [read more]

‘How Scary Can A Book Be?’ Our Top Ten Halloween events

How scary can a book be? This half-term is spookily full of Halloween book events and we've rounded up ten of the best spine-tingling book experiences. Is your favourite creepy character in our list? Grab your broomstick and check out what's going … [read more]

‘The Dragon Who Hates Poetry’ with Dominic Berry: Review

Reading poetry is often described as a moving experience and listening to readings by the winners of Ilkley Festival’s Children’s Poetry Competition really did bring a lump to my throat. The children took to the stage before Dominic Berry's poetry … [read more]

Christopher William Hill and ‘Osbert the Avenger’ Review

Whilst combining the smells of apple pie and vomit may not sound an appealing element of a literary event for adults, at Ilkley Literature Children’s Festival, it all seemed highly appropriate. Smells – some pleasant and some downright disgusting – … [read more]

James Campbell Interview

James Campbell is a writer, storyteller and comedian. As well as presenting an online TV show about books, James' first book for children is due to be published in 2014. You can catch James at Ilkley Literature Festival, as part of a Children's Tea … [read more]

Natasha Desborough Interview

Natasha Desborough - a former presenter on BBC Radio 6 Music and Xfm - is the author of the recently-released Weirdos vs Quimboids, a laugh out loud book for teens. Join Blossom as she navigates the politics of school life and see if working on the … [read more]

Christopher William Hill Interview

Christopher William Hill will be coming to join the 40th anniversary celebrations at Ilkley Literature Festival this autumn. He'll be introducing Osbert the Avenger, the first book in the Tales from Schwartzgarten series. This darkly funny tale … [read more]

The Foundling Museum & Hetty Feather Trail Interview

Earlier this summer, The Foundling Museum in London launched the Hetty Feather Trail. Jacqueline Wilson fans may be aware that Ms Wilson was inspired to write the Hetty Feather series after becoming involved with the work of The Foundling Museum. We … [read more]

The Reading Agency/Barrington Stoke Partnership announced

The Reading Agency is a national charity promoting reading amongst children and adults. They have recently announced a new partnership with Barrington Stoke, an independent publisher which aims to break down barriers which could prevent children from … [read more]

Macmillan Children’s Books: Events at Edinburgh International Book Festival

It all kicks off today in Edinburgh for a fortnight of book-related events. Macmillan Children's Books will be part of the action with a great line-up of authors appearing at the festival. The first day of festivities on August 10th sees Andrew Lane … [read more]

Ilkley Literature Children’s Festival: EXCLUSIVE

Ilkley Literature Children's Festival It's hard to believe that 2013 is the 40th anniversary of the Ilkley Literature Festival. To mark the occasion, this year's Children's Festival looks better than ever. Among the names appearing this year are … [read more]

Karen George Interview

Karen George is an illustrator and author who rose to prominence when she won an illustration competition and with it, the chance to illustrate a book written by no less than Julia Donaldson. We caught up with Karen to ask her how her life has … [read more]

Book-Event-A-Day Guide

Here it is, our one stop guide to book events up and down the country, throughout the summer holidays. We've got events from Aberdeen to Cornwall, including storytelling in ancient castles, Mad Hatter tea parties in Roman amphitheatres and a chance … [read more]

Steve Hartley Interview

Steve Hartley is a winner of the 'Undiscovered Voices' competition and his books include the Danny Baker Record Breaker series and more recently, the Oliver Fibbs books. To celebrate the release of Oliver Fibbs and the Giant Boy-Munching Bugs, we … [read more]

The Children’s Bookshow

The Children's Bookshow is an annual tour of authors and illustrators, united in encouraging children to develop a lifelong love of literature. The event began in 2003, as a means of showcasing books and authors featured in Simply the Best Books for … [read more]

Rhyme-Writing Competition: Winner Announced

I was recently asked to judge a national rhyme-writing competition for children in Years 5 & 6. The competition was organised by Christina Gabbitas, author of the Felicity Fly series. The children were asked to write a rhyme of eight lines, on … [read more]

ShoutSouth! Festival 2013, South London

Here at Book Events for Children, we love the idea of Shout South! Festival 2013, which is a three-day creative-writing festival for school children in south London.  This event is organised by CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators in South … [read more]

Hilary Robinson Interview

Hilary Robinson is the author of over 40 books for children and is probably best known for her Mix Up series, featuring illustrations by Nick Sharratt and Liz Pichon. She'll be appearing at Harrogate Children's Festival this half-term, with … [read more]

Noriko Matsubara Interview & Competition

Author and illustrator Noriko Matsubara's first picture book Bocchi and Pocchi: A Tale of Two Socks has recently been published as the launch title of the newly-founded publishing company Troika Books. We caught up with Noriko to discuss her writing, … [read more]

Caroline Green discusses ‘Hold Your Breath’

Hold Your Breath is the third book by author Caroline Green and will be published in June 2013. The author of Dark Ride and Cracks gave us a sneak preview of what we can look forward to in the new book. Caroline, we’ve just watched the trailer … [read more]

Christopher Lloyd Interview

Christopher Lloyd, founder of What on Earth Publishing, is the author of  a series of books and wallcharts which present history in an entertaining and accessible manner. The books in the series to date cover history, sport and natural history. … [read more]

Debi Gliori Interview

Children's author Debi Gliori has written over 75 books, including The Scariest Thing of All and No Matter What. Her latest book What's The Time, Mr Wolf? has recently been published by Bloomsbury Publishing. We chatted about what keeps her awake at … [read more]

Lucy Coats Interview & Competition

 Lucy Coats is the author of picture books including the charming One Hungry Baby. She has also written a series of book about Greek Beasts and Heroes. Lucy's most recent book Bear's Best Friend  (illustrated by Sarah Dyer) has recently been … [read more]

Book Events Round-Up (27th & 28th April 2013)

If you're wondering what to do with the kids this weekend, look no further than our round-up of book-related activities across the country. Starting in Edinburgh, young fans of Eric Hill's Spot books are invited to Spot's Birthday Party at King's … [read more]

Eva Katzler interview

Eva Katzler is the author of Florentine and Pig Have A Very Lovely Picnic (published by Bloomsbury Publishing), which follows the adventures of Florentine and Pig as they prepare for a fun-filled day. The book also offers recipe suggestions to create … [read more]

New Adult Fiction Interview with Brenda Gardner (MD of Piccadilly Press) and Liz Bankes (Author of ‘Irresistible’)

New Adult Fiction Interview Brenda Gardner is the MD of independent publisher, Piccadilly Press, which has celebrated its 30 year anniversary. Piccadilly Press has recently published Irresistible, the debut novel of Liz Bankes. Brenda and Liz will … [read more]

Nicolette Jones discusses her involvement with The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

Nicolette Jones is the children's book editor of The Sunday Times and 'Young people's programme director' of The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Here at Book Events for Children, we are delighted that Nicolette took the time to answer our … [read more]

Guest blog: Rhyming Competition for Primary School Children

Guest post by Lauren Oldacre (Leeds Trinity University) on behalf of Christina Gabbitas.   Christina Gabbitas of Poems and Pictures sends ‘An Invitation to capture the Primary School Nation’ Schools are invited to participate in the Eight Line … [read more]

Blue Peter Book Awards 2013

How many of you remember watching Blue Peter yourselves as children? The programme still has enduring popularity with youngsters today and since 2000, The Blue Peter Book Awards have been celebrating the best in children's books. The judges … [read more]

Cathy Farr Interview

Cathy Farr is the author of The Fellhounds of Thesk, a series of historical fantasy books which introduce the reader to the  medieval land of Thesk and the mighty Fellhounds which protect the villagers. The first two books in the series are now … [read more]

Penarth Book Festival: Interview with Fay Blakeley (Festival Organiser)

2012 saw the launch of a new event on the literary calendar, the inaugural Penarth Book Festival. The festival was held for a week in late October/early November and saw thirty-five authors head to the seaside town of Penarth on the outskirts of … [read more]

Gregg Olsen Interview

New York Times bestselling  author Gregg Olsen has has written many adult crime novels, often based on gritty real-life crimes. He has turned his talents to the YA market and has published two books in the 'Empty Coffin' series, Envy and Betrayal. … [read more]

Jacqueline Wilson at The Royal Hall in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Jacqueline Wilson at the Royal Hall I must admit that, before attending Jacqueline Wilson’s recent event at Harrogate’s Royal Hall, I wondered how an author event in such a large venue would work (the Royal Hall can seat over 1000).  Would the … [read more]

Interview: Emma Barnes

Emma Barnes is a Yorkshire-based author, whose new book Wolfie has recently been published. Featuring illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark of Blue Kangaroo fame, it follows the adventures of a little girl whose best friend is ...a WOLF. Emma's … [read more]

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Six

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide Week Six: Sat 25th - Fri 31st August Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide will … [read more]

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Five

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide Week Five: Sat 18th- Fri 24th August Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide will … [read more]

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Four

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide Week Four: Sat 11th - Fri 17th August Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide … [read more]

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Three

The Book Events for Children's Holiday Guide Week Three: Sat 4th - Fri 10th August Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide … [read more]

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Two

The Book Events for Children's Holiday Guide Week Two: Sat 28th July-Fri 3rd August Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide … [read more]

Interview: IWM North

'Once Upon a Wartime' is an exhibition at IWM North, which will run until September 2nd. It explores five children's novels about war, looking at the events and experiences that inspired War Horse, Carrie's War, The Machine Gunners, The Silver … [read more]

Tom Palmer: ‘Football Reading Game’ at Harrogate Children’s Festival

Tom Palmer: Football Reading Game Making the most of a break in this summer's relentless downpour over the weekend, my three children and I set forth to Harrogate Children's Festival's Spiegeltent to meet children's author Tom Palmer. Tom, a … [read more]

Interview: Octavia’s Bookshop

UPDATE (MAY 2013). This interview was originally published in 2012, prior to Octavia's Bookshop winning the 'Best Children's Independent Bookseller of the Year' at The Bookseller Industry Awards in May 2013. Octavia Karavla owns Octavia's Bookshop … [read more]

Interview: Lynne Rickards

Lynne Rickards is a Canadian born children's writer, now living in Scotland. Her books include Jack's Bed, I Win! and the forthcoming Clementine's Smile. You grew up in Canada before moving to Scotland. Do you have any favourite Canadian … [read more]

Five of the best Diamond Jubilee events….

The sun's shining (well, hopefully it will be soon), school's almost out and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is just around the corner. Here are Book Events for Children's pick of five of the Jubilee events across the country. Bunting and union jack … [read more]

Interview: James Mayhew

James Mayhew is the author behind the Katie books which introduce children to art at a young age. He has also brought the world of ballet to life through his Ella Bella books. James is in the midst of a busy summer, being involved in the Diamond … [read more]

The Luton Hoo Walled Garden Children’s Book Festival

Luton Hoo Walled Garden Children's Book Festival: Sunday 20th May, 10am-5pm.  Whilst I don't usually write about individual book festivals (due to the sheer volume of excellent events out there), this festival grabbed my attention. In these … [read more]

Enjoy a festive book-themed visit to London

If you're planning to take the children to London for a visit in the run up to Christmas, there are plenty of book related events going on in the capital, as well as seeing the Christmas lights and the bun fight that is visiting Hamleys. So here are … [read more]