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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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]