Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week

Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of reading for pleasure for children that has been running for over 80 years.

This year, Children's Book Week takes place between 30 June - 4 July, and schools, libraries and other venues all over the UK will be hosting their own events and activities during the week, aimed at encouraging children to enjoy reading for pleasure, explore libraries and bookshops, and even start writing themselves.


Each year, Booktrust makes available a range of resources for teachers and librarians, including fun activity ideas and book recommendations to help schools and libraries to plan their own celebrations of reading for pleasure - whether during Children's Book Week itself, or at other times of the year. Take a look at the 2013 Children's Book Week resources, which include lesson plans, activities and guidance on how to engage with your community, all to help you bring children's books to life. You can also download the 2013 Booktrust Best Book Guide for reviews of some of our favourite children's books from the past year.


As part of Children's Book Week 2014, we'll also be hosting the Best Books Bash on 2 July, where we'll be announcing the winners of the inaugural Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle.


Follow @Booktrust on Twitter and look out for the hashtag #bestbookawards for all the latest news. You can also use #childrensbookweek to tune in to what is going on for Children's Book Week.

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Booktrust's 100 Best Books

This year's Children's Book Week is themed around our list of the 100 best children's books. Find out more about our ultimate list of the 100 books to read before you're 14.

Children's Book Week resources

Discover a range of Children's Book Week resources to help you plan a celebration of reading for pleasure in your school, library or bookshop. Resources include themed teachers' packs, activity ideas, posters and useful information.

Booktrust Best Book Guide 2013

Download the new 2013 Booktrust Best Book Guide, which brings together reviews of some of our favourite children's books published in the last year.

Find out more about Children's Book Week

Find more information and background to Children's Book Week, including how the week has been celebrated in schools, libraries and venues across the country in recent years.

Arranging an author visit

Children's Book Week is the ideal time to arrange for an author or illustrator to visit your school and inspire pupils about reading and writing. Find information about how to find an author and plan their visit, plus a list of useful contacts.