June

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

June

2 June: We find out who's won the 2018 Little Rebels Children's Book Award, which celebrates fiction for young readers that promotes social justice or challenges stereotypes; 2017's winner was Ada Twist, Scientist written by Andrea Beatty and illustrated by David Roberts. You'll be able to find the 2018 shortlist on the website in May; this year's guest judges are Patrice Lawrence, Darren Chetty, B.J. Epstein, Catherine Johnson and BookTrust's Emily Drabble.

3-5 June:  Wychwood Festival takes place this weekend at Cheltenham Racecourse, with a kids' literary festival one of the main draws of the event. For more information, keep an eye on the website.

4 June: BookTrust's National Bookstart Week launches today, encouraging families to read together.

9 June: The winner of the Golden Children's Book Award 2018 will be announced today - which one will scoop the prize? That's not all, because the winner of the Wicked Young Writers Award will also be revealed today.

12 June: After a very successful pilot last year, we are delighted to say that Empathy Day now joins the literary calendar and is returning in 2018. It's a day to celebrate, read, and spread the word about the power of books that help readers to build real-life empathy. It's all about using books as a tool to challenge prejudice and build connections between us all.What could be nicer than that?

15-16 June: It's time for the Greenwich Book FestivalThere are lots of fun family events taking place, including an after-school event with Wed Wabbit author Lissa Evans, a Paddington storytelling session, a conversation between Patrick Ness and Angie Thomas, and a comic book workshop with Neill Cameron. And that's just some of the great stuff going on - head to the website for the full lineup.

16 June: It's time to celebrate your local bookshop with Independent Bookshop Week, which runs until 23 June. There'll be lots going on across the country including workshops, storytellings, literary lunches, signings and even the odd bit of face-painting, so it's the perfect excuse to get out there and support your nearest shop.

18 June: The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal winners are revealed today, along with the Amnesty CILIP honour. Who will be taking home these prestigious prizes?

22 June: Very exciting - today the winner of the CLPE Children's Poetry Award 2018 (also called the CLiPPA) will be unveiled at the Poetry Show at the National Theatre. Last year, the award was won by Kate Wakeling for Moon Juice.

22-24 June: The Schools Library Association is holding its conference with CILIP YLG in Glasgow this weekend; this year, the title is Weavers of Dreams: Creativity and Imagination. To find out more, visit the website.

28 June: If your family loves all things scientific, you're in luck - today marks the start of the Lancashire Science Festival, which runs until 30 June. The programme is now available on the festival's website and it looks like little labcoat wearers will be very well catered for. There are some events with a bookish slant, too, from a storytelling session to a workshop exploring the science behind comics - how can modern technology give people superpowers?

30 June: The Bradford Literature Festival kicks off today and will feature ten days of events and activities. Expect everything from storytimes to a superhero boot camp to theatre productions of brilliant books to appearances by stars like Joseph Coelho, Matty Long and Abie Longstaff. There's even a Triwizard Tournament to test your knowledge of all things Harry Potter! Head to the website to see the full programme.