March

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

March

1 March: We hope you've got your costume ready... because it's World Book Day! From free books to events in schools and, of course, the fun of fancy dress, there will be loads going on to get children excited about reading.

1 March: The winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards are announced today... so who is it going to be? Will it be Lissa Evans with Wed Wabbit, Cressida Cowell with The Wizards of Once or Kiran Millwood Hargrave for The Island at the End of Everything for the Best Story award? Who will reign triumphant for the Best Book With Facts Award? Will it be Adam Murphy and Lisa Murphy with Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Scientists, or Dara O'Briain and Dan Bramall with Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe? Or maybe it will be Real Life Mysteries by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker? All will be revealed at 5pm live on CBBC's Blue Peter.

1 March: It's time to get your class reading as the Ten Million Minutes Reading Challenge kicks off on 1 March. Every primary school in England can enter, and with prizes up for grabs including a new library or reading area for your school, it's surely worth a shot. So how many minutes can your pupils read for over the course of a week? You can find out more information about the challenge on the Achievement For All website.

1 March: Seriously, March is kicking off in style. Also on 1 March, we'll find out the shortlist for the YA Book Prize. Which books will be nominated?

8-18 March: The Huddersfield Literature Festival kicks off, with loads of events for children. Expect author talks, poetry readings, workshops and even a literary afternoon tea. All the information you need is on the website here - but one event you might want to check out is on 11 March, when you can see Annabel Pitcher and Lucy Mangan chat about the joy of reading with children and how it's changed over the years in a talk chaired by BookTrust's Emily Drabble.

9-14 March: The Belfast Children's Festival is taking place in March, with loads of events to enjoy including a Book Clinic and a talk from Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch. As part of the festivities, the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year shortlist will also be unveiled before the winners are announced in May.

12-18 March: It's Shakespeare Week, which is all about giving primary school children their first experience of the great playwright. There will be events across the country, including performances and workshops. If that's not quite enough of the Bard for you, though, we have a list of the best Shakespeare retellings for younger readers... and why not learn all about how you speak Shakespeare without even knowing it?

15 March: The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal are announced today, before we find out the winners of the Carnegie, Kate Greenaway and Amnesty CILIP Honour commendation on 18 June. Also today, the official CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway prize shadowing begins. Schools can find out how to join in here.

15 March: After announcing its shortlist on 20 February, the winner of the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year will be unveiled today; the prize celebrates British or British resident BAME writers. A children's author didn't win last year, but the fantastic The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave did make the shortlist.

17 March: Today marks the launch of the Oxford Literary Festival, which lasts until 25 March. And there's loads going on for young people, including events with Waterstone's Children's Laureate Lauren Child, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Nadia Shireen, Kwame Alexander, Frances Hardinge, Philip Ardagh and many more! One talk definitely worth checking out will be Judith Kerr, who will chat to Nicolette Jones in the 50th anniversary year of The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Get all the details about what's going on here.

20 March: Today is World Storytelling Day - a perfect day to sit down with your family and share a book!

21 March: It's World Poetry Day today.

22 March: The Waterstones Children's Books Prize winner will be announced today - who will succeed 2017 victor Kiran Millwood Hargrave and her book The Girl of Ink and Stars?

26-29 March: The Bologna Book Fair is the largest trade show and book fair for children's books - so if you fancy a trip to Italy, this is the perfect excuse! 

27 March: As part of the Bologna Book Fair, the winner of this year's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced today. There are 235 nominees from 60 countries, including authors and illustrators from the UK such as David Almond, Shirley Hughes, Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child, Michael Morpugo, Chris Riddell, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Laird and Sara Fanelli - you can read the full list here.

Also in March: The Scottish Children's Book Award winner will be unveiled ... The shortlist for the UKLA Book Awards will be unveiled - they're the only national awards judged by class teachers, so it will be interesting to see what gets picked before the winner is announced in July.