Daniel Ingram-Brown visits primary school residential in the Yorkshire Dales

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Inviting a children’s author to visit your school can be a fantastic way to inspire and enthuse your pupils about reading. Recently, a primary school near York went a step further and actually invited author and playwright, Daniel Ingram-Brown, to … [read more]

‘The Big Write’ at The Royal Hall, Harrogate

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'The Big Write' Big Write Promises UK’s Largest Literacy Session in Harrogate   What’s set to be the UK’s largest children’s literacy session, with all work from the day to be published, takes place at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on Friday, … [read more]

Bookbug Week 2016 (16th-22nd May)

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Bookbug Week 2016 will take place between 16 and 22 May, with hundreds of free story, song and rhyme events for families with babies and young children held across the country. The theme this year is Bookbug Around the World, an international theme … [read more]

Guest post: Anneliese Emmans Dean on World Book Day 2016

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Rarely have I felt as underdressed as I did when I visited Osbaldwick Primary School on World Book Day last week. I was the only person in mufti. The whole school – including all the teachers – were dressed as characters from books! At the … [read more]

Guest blog on Jason Beresford’s recent visit to The Rainbow Factory, Leeds

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The Rainbow Factory is an exciting new play destination aimed at children up to around the age of 10, which aims to inspire a new generation with a love of reading. The only attraction of its kind in the north, it brings classic and modern … [read more]

Guest post: Anneliese Emmans Dean wins the 2015 NS Teachers’ Book Award for Poetry

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We're pleased to feature a guest blog from York-based poet Anneliese Emmans Dean on her recent win at the NS Teachers’ Book Award.  Looking for 'the best literature on offer for use in the primary classroom'? Look no further! The NS Teachers' Book … [read more]

‘Weird and Wacky Places’ by Andy Seed (National Non-Fiction November)

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National Non-Fiction November is a whole month dedicated to celebrating all things factual and is organised by the Federation of Children's Book Groups (FCBG). The theme of this year's event is 'Maps' and blogs, articles and giveaways will be … [read more]

Book Events for Schools

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Do you feel that your current reading and writing initiatives need a boost? An author visit could be the ideal way to support your day-to day teaching. Authors visiting schools bring a fresh outlook to the classroom; in a one day visit they come to … [read more]

BookBug Week 2015 (May 18th-24th 2015)

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This May, children across Scotland will be enjoying a special week of BookBug events. The Bookbug initiative - which is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Scottish Book Trust - provides every child in Scotland with four free packs of … [read more]

Guest post by author and illustrator Teresa Flavin

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We're delighted to announce a guest post by Leeds-based author and illustrator Teresa Flavin about her new school visit collaboration with our sister organisation, Book Events for Schools. Teresa has been shortlisted for several awards, including the … [read more]

‘Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff’ by Andy Seed wins Blue Peter Book Award (5th March 2015)

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World Book Day started with a bang this morning as the Blue Peter Book Awards winners were announced live on  a special book-themed edition of Newsround. The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed  (illustrated by Scott Garrett) won the Best … [read more]

The FT Weekend Literary Festival

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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]

Ilkley Literature Festival: Story Explorers and Story Wizards

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Do you know an 8-11 year old who loves reading and writing stories? If they're in West Yorkshire, Ilkley Literature Festival's weekly book sessions could be right up their street. The sessions run every Saturday morning during term time. Story … [read more]

Anneliese Emmans Dean interview for National Non-Fiction November

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York-based poet, performer and photographer Anneliese Emmans Dean is the author of Buzzing!, a National Insect Week recommended book, which was longlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2013 and also shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society … [read more]

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

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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

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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

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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]

Tom Palmer’s ‘Tour de Leeds Libraries’

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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]

Kate Pankhurst at Leeds Central Library review

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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]

Pip Jones Interview

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Winning the very first Greenhouse Funny Prize led to Pip Jones landing an agent and subsequently a publishing deal. We asked Pip about the highs and lows of her route to publication and how she reacted to news of her win. What inspired you to … [read more]

Catalina Echeverri Interview

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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]

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

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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]

Robert Louis Stevenson Day, 13th November 2013

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Robert Louis Stevenson Day Edinburgh is getting ready for its annual celebration of all things Robert Louis Stevenson. Held on 13th November 2013, Robert Louis Stevenson Day (RLS Day) will celebrate the life and work of the author of Kidnapped, … [read more]

Interview with ‘An Awfully Big Blog Adventure’ Editorial Team (John Dougherty and Penny Dolan)

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An Awfully Big Blog Adventure' is a website run by authors, featuring regular blogs about anything and everything to do with writing. The blogs - written by authors - could range from examining the latest trends in YA publishing to the pitfalls of … [read more]

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

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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

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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]

Suzi Moore Interview

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Suzi Moore has written both picture books for younger readers (Little One's Bedtime, Two Little Bears) and books for older children (including Lexiland, and Tiger Moth). Read on to find out more about how Suzi deals with writer's block and her … [read more]

Dominic Berry Interview

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Slam-winning poet Dominic Berry is currently touring the country with his one-person poetry show The Dragon Who Hates Poetry. As part of Ilkley Literature Festival's 40th anniversary celebrations, you can catch Dominic's show on Sunday October … [read more]

The Foundling Museum & Hetty Feather Trail Interview

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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

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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]

Anna Wilson Interview

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Anna Wilson is an author of many children's books and animals feature hugely in her writing. As well as writing about cats and dogs, Anna has also written books about monkeys and chickens!  To celebrate the publication of her latest book I’m a … [read more]

Karen George Interview

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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]

Guardian Feature ‘School Holiday Ideas: Culture for Kids’

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 'School Holiday Ideas: Culture for Kids'  It's all smiles at Book Events for Children HQ today as we are featured in The Guardian's guide to cultural activities to do with the kids this summer. As well as featuring events related to festivals, … [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

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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]

Summer Reading Challenge 2013

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You may have heard on the news recently that Frank Lampard has been announced as the  2013 Summer Reading Challenge champion. Many parents will be familiar with the Summer Reading Challenge, which launches this year on July 13th in England and Wales … [read more]

Five Go To Seven Stories

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It was with much excitement that our own gang of five set out for Newcastle-upon-Tyne to review the new Enid Blyton exhibition at Seven Stories. Expectations were high as I devoured Enid Blyton books as a child and my children have also loved the … [read more]

Hilary Robinson Interview

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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

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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’

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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

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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]

Inky Sprat Competition

Inky Sprat is a new digital publishing company launched earlier this year by successful children's author Babette Cole, with filmmaker Manus Home and Neil Baber, formerly of Phaidon Press. Babette has published numerous books for children, … [read more]

Debi Gliori Interview

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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

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 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)

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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

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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]

Guest Post:’Brighton Young City Reads’ by Sarah Hutchings

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A great Brighton-based initiative ('City Reads') really caught our imagination-we love the idea that a whole city becomes immersed in reading -and discussing-one particular book. The 'giant book group' has now expanded to include a 'Young City Reads' … [read more]

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

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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]

‘But we’ve been writing all day at school…’

As the 2013 '500 words' competition was launched on Chris Evan's Radio 2 show, it got me thinking about how important it is to encourage children to write as well as read. I like the fact that this competition really does seem to have captured the … [read more]

‘Bikes, Books and the Tour de France’

After the great buzz about last year's Olympics, there was a danger 2013 could feel like a sporting anti-climax. But now the route for the English stages of the Tour de France has been revealed, we can start getting excited all over again. The … [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]

‘Do comics have a role in encouraging our children to read more?’

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Guest Post by Claire Wooldridge of Present Issue  We are very pleased to welcome Claire Wooldridge as our guest blogger. Clare discusses the role of comics in encouraging children to read and what's more, she has five copies of The Phoenix … [read more]

Cathy Farr Interview

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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)

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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]

Jonathan Meres Interview

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Jonathan Meres will be known to his legions of young readers as the man behind The World of Norm series. The first book in the series The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts has recently been shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and … [read more]

Ros Asquith Interview

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Ros Asquith is an author and illustrator of children's books and also a cartoonist for The Guardian. The first book in her  Letters from an Alien Schoolboy series was shortlisted for The Roald Dahl Funny Prize and she is the illustrator of The Great … [read more]

Elen Caldecott Interview

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Writer Elen Caldecott graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. Her first novel How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Prize and longlisted for the 2010 Carnegie Award. … [read more]

Tracey Corderoy Interview

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Tracey Corderoy was born and grew up in industrial South Wales and now lives in a hidden valley in Gloucestershire with her husband, two children and an ever-increasing menagerie of devilishly-cute-but-sometimes-rather-naughty pets. A trained … [read more]

Top Five Halloween Events at Independent Bookshops

Have you carved your pumpkins yet? Halloween is just around the corner now and to save you the trouble, we've rounded up our top five Halloween events at independent bookshops. Go on, grab your witches hat and support your local … [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]

Jacqueline Wilson Interview

To say that Book Events for Children is delighted that the wonderful Jacqueline Wilson took the time to answer our questions would be something of an understatement! Book Events for Children collates the details of book-related events for children … [read more]

Interview: Emma Barnes

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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 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]

Penny Dale: ‘Dinosaur Zoom!’

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Penny Dale is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her books, such as Ten in the Bed have been a mainstay of bedtime reading for decades and Penny's latest book Dinosaur Zoom has just been published by Nosy Crow. She writes about the enjoyable … [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]

The Book Events for Children Holiday Guide: Week One

The Book Events for Children Holiday Guide Week One: (Sat 21st July-Fri 27th July) It's that time again and the school holidays are nearly upon us. Have you got lots of fun and interesting activities lined up for your children? Or are you … [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: Priya Desai

Priya Desai is a speech and language therapist who works as an independent therapist with young children. Her work inspired her to write her own educational and entertaining books that are accessible to children. She chats to Book Events for … [read more]

Interview: Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies has successfully combined a lifelong love of nature with a keen interest in writing and her adventures have taken her around the world.  She was one of the original presenters of The Really Wild Show and has written a range of … [read more]

Interview: Lynne Rickards

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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]

Interview: Clara Vulliamy

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  Clara Vulliamy is the author of numerous books including the Martha and the Bunny Brothers series and the Muffin books. With her love of art and all things creative, Clara's website is packed with bright, sunny pictures and crafty ideas. … [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: Storytellers, Inc.

Storytellers, Inc. is an independent children's bookshop based in Lytham St. Anne's in Lancashire. Run by mother and daughter team, Carolyn and Katie Clapham, it has gone from strength to strength in the eighteen months in which it has been open. … [read more]

Author Interview: Caroline Green

'Book Events for Children' is delighted that author Caroline Green has risen to the challenge of answering our probing questions this week. In her past life Caroline worked as a journalist, before publishing her first novel Dark Ride, which won … [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]

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As parents, we're probably familiar with Booktrust, the charity responsible for the Bookstart initiative, giving away free books to pre-schoolers, with the aim of encouraging parents to read with their children. It's often an exciting day for … [read more]

York Children’s Book Award

As well as being the year of the Olympics and the Queen's Golden Jubilee, 2012 is the year when residents of York celebrate 800 years of York being a self-governing city.  As part of the York 800 celebrations, the York Libraries Children's Book Award … [read more]

London Children’s Book Swap 2012

This Saturday (February 25th) marks the launch of the first London-wide Children's Book Swap, with events taking place across the capital. The event is supported by the Greater London Authority and more than 15 organisations that work to improve … [read more]

Most borrowed books

Given that today is National Libraries Day, what perfect timing that  PLR (Public Lending Right) released its figures yesterday, showing the most borrowed titles and authors from UK libraries. Based on figures from July 2010-June 2011, it makes … [read more]

500 WORDS

Chris Evans launched the second 500 WORDS short story competition on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show this morning. The competition encourages children (aged 13 and under) to write a short story of no more than 500 words on any subject. The entries are … [read more]

Enjoy a festive book-themed visit to London

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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]