April 2019

Find out about children's book events taking place this April.


1 April: The shortlist announcement for the UKLA Book Awards will take place this week – keep your eyes peeled! Who do you think will make the cut? We don't envy the judges who have to make the decision...

2 April: It's Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, which always marks International Children's Book Day. A perfect excuse to curl up with your favourite children's book? We think so!

2 April: The 2019 winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced.

12–14 April: It's time for the Federation of Children's Book Groups conference. The subject of this conference is Opening Doors, and with authors such as Jeremy Strong and Candy Gourlay on the bill, this is something not to be missed by anyone involved in the world of children's books – or even those who just love children's books!

23 April: Tonight is the night... it's World Book Night!

24 April-4 May: Not only will Malorie Blackman's wonderful book Noughts & Crosses become a television series this year... there's also going to be a stage adaptation! Get yourself to Theatre Royal Stratford East to see it - details and tickets are on the website.

25-28 April: It's time for the Chipping Norton Literary Festival - stay tuned for details of the programme.

28 April -5 May: Head to Stratford-upon-Avon for their literary festival - details of speakers and events will be announced nearer the time.