March 2019

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


7 March: It's time for one of the most exciting days in the book world: it's World Book Day! So many children's authors will be taking part in bookish activities up and down the country. There will costume competitions for the best-dressed book character, new books from big name authors and much more.

7 March: The winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards will be announced live on Blue Peter this afternoon. Schoolchildren around the UK have been avidly reading the six shortlisted books for the last few months to decide who will be the winners of the two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts. 

8-13 March: Belfast Children's Festival is now its 21st year and still succeeding in inspiring creativity and curiosity. The shortlist for Children's Books Ireland will also be announced during the festival.

12-14 March: It's time for London Book Fair – there's so much book-filled excitement to be had as the biggest names in the world of books descend on London for three days of events. Will you discover your new favourite children's author?

14 March: Head to Yorkshire for Exploring Children's Literature: science in fiction, an event run by Just Imagine. 

18 March: The shortlists for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are announced - and from 19 March, the opportunity to shadow both prizes begins, so schools and libraries can follow along with the awards until the winners are announced in June.

18-24 March: The annual Shakespeare Week provides primary school children with opportunities for enriching early encounters with Shakespeare.

20 March:  It's World Storytelling Day – a chance to choose your favourite story and enjoy it with your family!

21 March: It's a special day today: World Poetry Day. Do you have a favourite poem you'll be enjoying on the day?

21-31 March: It's time for Huddersfield Literature Festival. This is a major author and multi-arts event including comedy, creative writing, performance, poetry and family activities, which takes over the city for ten days. Even better? Many of the events are free or low-cost.

30 March: The shortlist for the Jhalak Prize will be announced today. Will the four judges choose a children's book as the winner?

30 March-7 April: It's time for Oxford Literary Festival - it's your chance to celebrate all things Harry Potter and see authors such as Robin Stevens, Francesca Simon and Sir Michael Morpurgo in the literary city of Oxford.

30 March-7 April: If you can't make it to Oxford, how about Cardiff? Lots of popular children's authors including Catherine Fisher, Christopher Edge and Catherine Wilkins will flock there for the Cardiff Children's Literature Festival with lots of talks and workshops for children taking place.

Also in March: The shortlist for the YA Book Prize is announced before the winner is crowned in May... The winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize will be announced.