February 2020

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


Early February: The Branford Boase Award longlist will be announced.

1-8 February: It's National Storytelling Week, so let your imagination run free and tell those stories. Check out the website for what will be happening up and down the country to celebrate a love of storytelling.

4-9 February: We're very excited for the Stepping Into Stories Herne Hill Kids' Lit Fest in London! It's being brought to us by a group of super people including the iconic children's bookshop Tales on Moon Lane and features the likes of former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, SibĂ©al Pounder, Candy Gourlay and Joseph Coelho along with workshops, puppetry and even an open mic story night. Head to the website for more details about what to expect.

6 February: Lo and behold, it is probably the best night of the children's bookish calendar - it's Harry Potter Book Night! The theme this year is the Triwizard Tournament. 

7 February: The paperback of Flights of Fancy - a collaboration between the Waterstones Children's Laureates - is published today. And it still looks just as glorious as the hardback!

12-23 February: The inimitable Imagine Children's Festival returns for another promising programme of events at London's Southbank Centre - there'll be something for everyone aged 0-12, and adults won't be disappointed either.

14 February: One of our treasured days of the book calendar is International Book Giving Day - what could be better than giving just one book to a child? Get involved by using the hashtag #BookGivingDay!

17 February: It's Random Acts of Kindness Day - you don't need an excuse to give someone a book, but why not choose today to do so? 

26 February: Today is Tell A Fairy Tale Day - escape into the magical world of fairy tales, or even create your own...

Also in February: The Klaus Flugge Prize longlist will be announced.