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 be published weekly and will include events across the country, so hopefully you’ll find something near to you.

Sat 18th August: Jo Empson at Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester

Illustrator Jo Empson will be joining Octavia’s Bookshop for a reading, signing and Rabbity activities!



Sun 19th August: ‘Handa’s Surprise’ at Wonderground, South Bank, London

Adapted from the book by Eileen Browne

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking 7 delicious fruits as a surprise – but 7 different animals have 7 very different ideas… could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit?

Mon 20th August: Puffin Virtually Live: Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline WilsonJacqueline Wilson will be talking about her new book ‘Four Children and It’ and answering questions live from the online audience!

Live audience: This event will be screened live from Sadler’s Wells, London. Tickets are priced at £5.00 (adult or child) and are available from 20th July from Sadlers Wells Box office, on 0844 412 4300 or by visiting

Watch online: Tickets are very limited for the live audience for this event, but anyone can register to watch the event online for free at

Tue 21st August: Steven Butler at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Bucks

Wrong Pong Singing in the DrainTruly troll-tastic fun with one of the brightest new stars of children’s funny fiction, Steven Butler.

Hear him read from his latest book in the Wrong Pong series and learn all about his love of trolls, including their yucky habits and gruesome food, ending with the famous Wrong Pong Troll-Off – are you brave enough to compete?
Workshops at 12noon to 1pm and 2pm to 3pm. Contact The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre to book.

Wed 22nd August: Sally Grindley at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Author of over 130 books, Sally Grindley offers a lively, interactive event all about International Rescue, her brand new series of adventure books written in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, and featuring a family who travel around the globe to help save endangered animals.


Thu 23rd August: Antony Wootten at Whitby Bookshop, North Yorkshire

Chapter 1 - A Tiger Too Many by Antony WoottenAntony’s debut novel, A Tiger Too Many, is set during World War 2, and follows the often traumatic fortunes of a young girl named Jill as she struggles to save a sickly tiger in London Zoo. Set against a backdrop of World War 2 events, such as The Blitz and Evaccuation, A Tiger Too Many is a powerful and emotive page turner for older primary-aged children.


Friday 24th August: Illustration Workshop at IWM North, Manchester

 Front CoverJoin professional illustrator, Karin Littlewood and take part in a workshop where she will reveal the techniques used to create her pictures in The Colour of Home and get the chance to try your hand at some illustrations of your own.

This event would suit 6 year olds+. FREE event but booking is required via or by calling 0161 836 4000 .The event will be held at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

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