February

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

February

1 February: It's the most magical night of the year - Harry Potter Book Night! This year, the night is dedicated to celebrating Harry Potter's Fantastic Beasts, the mythical creatures at the heart of the series. You can find out lots more on the website here and there's even a map showing which events are taking place near you (and around the world). If you're in London you can see BookTrust's Emily Drabble in conversation with Fantastic Beasts illustrators Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill at Waterstones Piccadilly.

1 February: The Branford Boase Award longlist will be announced today. The honour recognises an outstanding first novel from a first-time writer for young people - and their editor. The shortlist will be announced on 2 May, followed by the winner on 4 July.

7-18 February: London's Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival launches today for youngsters aged 0-12. Highlights include a free event in the Clore ballroom to celebrate the winner of this year's BookTrust Lifetime Achievement award with a host of famous illustrators and authors including Chris Riddell, Sophy Henn, Polly Dunbar and David Roberts. Also catch Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, Joseph Coelho, Nadia Shireen, Robin Stevens, an afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson, and much, more!

7 February: The Waterstones Children's Books Prize shortlist will be announced today! Will any of your favourites make the list?

8 February: Get really excited - the new BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award winner is announced today. Who will be next to receive the honour after Shirley Hughes, Judith Kerr and Raymond Briggs? We can't wait to find out! Find out more about the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award here.

12-14 February:  STORYSTOCK brings its circus of stories to the iconic Battersea Power Station's brand new 'Village Hall'. Come and be inspired a creative workshop with the Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child's 2018 project 'Staring Into Space', enjoy the Ruby Redfort show and see the Lauren tribute band. Authors and illustrators like Judith Kerr and Sophy Henn will also be there - and sun salutations with the Gruffalo on Once Upon A Yogamat sound intriguing too! More details and how to
book here.

13 February: The Klaus Flugge longlist is announced today. The award celebrates the most exciting and promising newcomer to children's picture book illustration and was won last year by Francesca Sanna for The Journey. The shortlist will be announced on 16 May, while the winner will be named on September 12.

14 February: Today isn't just Valentine's Day - it's also International Book Giving Day, which is all about getting books into the hands of as many children as possible. You can get into the spirit by giving a book to a friend or family member, leaving one for someone lucky to find, or donating one to your local hospital, school or shelter. Keep an eye on the hashtag on social media - you can join in on #BookGivingDay.

16-19 February: Need some help finishing off the next great children's book? Get yourself to Dunford House in Sussex for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Writers Retreat, featuring advice from brilliant author Sophia Bennett. Also, apparently there might be cake. If you're interested, you can get details on the website.

17 February: It's Random Acts of Kindness Day... and what could be a better act of kindness than giving someone a book or reading them a story? You can pledge your act of kindness in advance here.

26 February: It's Tell A Fairy Tale Day... so which one will you be sharing? 

26 February: The top 10 books on the shortlist for the (Golden) Children's Book Award 2018 will be announced today. The shortlist is chosen and voted for by children themselves, with three categories for different age groups. Youngsters will be able to pick their favourites online until 25 May and the winner will be announced on 9 June.