April

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

April

2 April: It's International Children's Book Day, which falls on 2 April to mark Hans Christian Andersen's birthday.

10-12 April: It's time for the London Book Fair, which sees the biggest names in the world of books getting together including Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child. And are we about to be introduced to our new favourite children's author?

13-15 April: The Federation of Children's Book Groups Hidden Gems: Bright Futures conference will take place at Queenswood School in Hertfordshire. Authors including Michael Morpurgo, Jackie Morris, Jacqueline Wilson, Sarah Crossan, Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens will be speaking at the event. This year, the Federation of Children's Books Groups is celebrating its 50th anniversary, so the conference will be extra special.

21 April: Cardiff Children's Literature Festival begins today and runs until 29 April in Cardiff City Centre. The festival holds events in both English and Welsh, and it looks like there are lots of things planned, from storytimes with The Gruffalo and Paddington to a Harry Potter party, writing workshops, and fun with myths and legends. Plus you can expect a whole host of brilliant authors including Jess Butterworth, Sibéal Pounder, Tom Percival, Kaye Umansky and heaps more - find out more on the website.

22-29 April: It's time for the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival! The programme has now been announced, so check out the festival website to see what exciting events will be taking place - they include storytimes, a talk by Matt Millz author Harry Hill and Pip & Posy fun with Axel Scheffler.

23 April: It's the eighth World Book Night, which is all about inspiring people of all ages to get reading by giving out books in places like prisons, libraries, hospitals, youth centres and homeless shelters. There are lots of events going on to celebrate, too, so visit the World Book Night website to find out more!

26-29 April: It's time for Chipping Norton Literary Festival, with some fantastic children's authors including Nadia Shireen, Abi Elphinstone and Robin Stevens taking part.