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.

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.

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?

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 - stay tuned for more details about what's going on.

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 Greenwich Book Festival will take place... The winner of the CLPE Children's Poetry Award will be announced.