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]

Guest Blog: Wakefield Lit Fest’s Children and Young People Weekend

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Now in its fourth year, Wakefield Lit Fest is taking place across Wakefield and district from 18th – 27th September 2015. This festival of reading and writing, programmed by the arts charity Beam, is introducing its first Children and Young People … [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]

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]

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]

Book Events for Children’s Advent Calendar

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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]

‘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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

‘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]

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]

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]

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 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: 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: 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: 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]

Interview: The Bookshop Band

Ever been to see a band in a bookshop? This intriguing idea evolved through a collaboration between Ben Please (and his fellow musicians Poppy Pitt and Beth Porter) and Nic Bottomley, the owner of Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights. As their … [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]

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]

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]