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]

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]

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]

‘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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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 Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire

Tucked away in the heart of Great Missenden - the home of author Roald Dahl for over 36 years - is the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. I recently took my three young children for a visit and I'd be hard pushed to say who enjoyed it more, them or … [read more]

Author Interview: Sarah Mussi

We'd like to introduce a new feature on the Book Events for Children website. We're going to feature regular interviews with people connected with the the children's book industry. These features will include contributions from children's and YA … [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]