July

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

July

All this month: Starting this month and continuing through August, the Summer Reading Challenge is back! This year's theme is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children's title The Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month.

3 July: As part of its Industry Insiders programme - which will host events throughout the year - the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will host a Writing Other Lives panel, examining how authors approach writing characters from different backgrounds and how agents and editors can make sure these stories accurately represent all sorts of communities. It should be an interesting evening - you can find out about that and the other Industry Insiders events on the website here.

4 July: The winner of the Branford Boase Award will be announced today, recognising an outstanding first novel from a first time writer for young people - and their editor.

6 July: The winners of the UKLA Book Awards will be announced today. These are the only national awards voted for by class teachers, so it will be fascinating to see which books end up victorious - the shortlist will be unveiled on March 26.

8-13 July: Fly, University of East Anglia's Festival of Literature for Young People, is a week of 11 talks and 40 workshops including the Mal Peet memorial talk by Frances Hardinge, Bali Rai, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Anthony McGowan.

14 July: Horfield Primary School is organising the inaugural Bristol Festival of Children's Literature today, with some really great authors and illustrators lined up including Mini Grey, Ross Montgomery, SF Said and Emma Randall. Find out more on their website here.

20 July: London Film and Comic Con is back, featuring YALC, the UK's YA Lit Con, returning for its fifth year. Loads of brilliant authors have already been announced, including Juno Dawson, Katherine Webber, Laura Dockrill, Holly Bourne, Jenny McLachlan, Frances Hardinge and heaps more - to stay up to date, follow @yalc_uk on Twitter or check the website here.

24-27 July: If you're working on a picture book, why not get some expert advice to make sure it really shines? The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is holding its Picture Book Retreat at Holland House in Worcestershire, with advice from Alexis Deacon and Lynne Chapman. It's already booked up, but head to the website and you can ask to be added to the waiting list.

28 July: Head to the Old Vic theatre in London for a fantastic storytelling session - Monstrous Tales! We're proud to be partnering with the Old Vic on this event, which will see famous writers and personalities including Joseph Coelho, Benji Davies, Sharon D Clarke and Glenda Jackson reading from their own work and sharing their favourite stories. Get ready for monsters of all shapes and sizes! It's suitable for children aged 5+ - to find out more, head to the Old Vic's website