June 2019

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


31 May-2 June: It's the 15th birthday of Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, which includes a children's literary festival - keep an eye out for the events that are planned!

11 June: Join in with Empathy Day and become part of the social media campaign by sharing your empathy-boosting book recommendations using the hashtag #ReadForEmpathy.

13-16 June: Expect authors galore at the Greenwich Book Festival, which has a whole host of superstars lined up! Axel Scheffler, Cressida Cowell and Robin Stevens will join rising stars like Sharna Jackson and Dapo Adeola, and there are some fun parties planned - including a Tiger Who Came to Tea party and a celebration of Harry Potter. For all the details, head to the website

15-22 June: It's Independent Bookshop Week – a week of celebrating independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland. Follow @booksaremybag on Twitter for all the latest news.

  • As part of Independent Bookshop Week, don't miss the BookTrust Represents events with illustrator Yasmeen Ismail! You can join her on 15 June at Storysmith in Bristol, and on 18 June at Rogan's Books in Bedford.

17 June: The winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced – who be crowned with the prestigious medals this year?

19 June: In a special event as part of the Waterstones Children's Laureate 20th anniversary celebrations, Lauren Child and Anthony Browne will be in conversation at the House of Illustration! They'll be talking about where they find their inspiration and it's sure to be full of ideas to get your creative juices flowing, so click here to find out more and book your tickets.

21-23 June: The Schools Library Association conference will happen in Birmingham this weekend, in association with CILIP YLG. The title of the course this year is Building Identity, Building Readers.

22 June: WhizzFizzFest is Aylesbury’s fantastic family-friendly literary and arts festival. Originally inspired by Roald Dahl, WhizzFizzFest has evolved into a collaborative celebration of creative arts with children’s literature and imaginations at its heart. This year's exciting literary line up includes Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train Your Dragon series, Judith Kerr, whose The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog series are among the country’s best loved children’s titles, and Nick Butterworth, award-winning author and illustrator of the adored Percy the Park Keeper series. As well as that, there will be a dance competition, Teddy Bear’s picnic, live music, storytellers, a funfair, and much more. For tickets and information on some of the free events, visit whizzfizzfest.org.uk.

24-28 June:  Fly, UEA's Festival of Literature for Young People, takes place again this week. There is a different theme for each day, so take a look at the website and see what's on offer.

27-29 June:  The Lancashire Science Festival will be returning and this year, it will include the announcement for the winner of the inaugural STEAM book prize.

28 June-7 July: The Bradford Literature Festival is back with plenty of family events and a programme for schools. Simply head to the website to find out more.

Also in June: The 2019 winner of the Little Rebels Children's Book Award will be announced... the winner of the Golden Children's Book Award will be unveiled... We'll find out who has won the Wicked Young Writers Award... schools across the nation can enjoy the Pop Up Festival... The winner of the CLPE Children's Poetry Award will be announced.