July 2019

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


The annual Summer Reading Challenge kicks off this month – and this year marks 20 years of this popular reading challenge!

6 July: The Booktastic Children's BookFest will take place in Bedford - among the stars taking part are Steve Cole, Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve.

6 July: Blickling Estate - a National Trust property in Norfolk - is hosting its very own Children's Literature Festival today, in association with Norwich's Book Hive Bookshop. Expect a pop-up bookshop and talks from some super authors and illustrators, including current Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child... in her final days in the role!

12 July: The UKLA Book Awards winners will be announced in Sheffield – who do you think will win each category?

26-28 July: The Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) takes places this weekend at Olympia in London. It's the book version of Comic-Con and if you love YA, this is the place for you. With talks and signings from all your favourite authors as well as the chance to win books and other gifts, you'll need a suitcase to carry everything home! The programme is now available on the website so get planning!

Also in July: The 2019 winner of the Branford Boase Award will be announced – who do you think will follow in the footsteps of Mitch Johnson's Kick?