November 2019

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


November is National Non-Fiction Month – time to switch your reading list up and try some real-life tales and fascinating facts!

8 November-1 March: The British Library in London has a fun, free exhibition taking place for you and your children to enjoy: Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels. Featuring characters like Tracy Beaker and Pippi Longstocking, plus books such as The Secret Garden and Billy and the Beast, it's a wonderful exploration of how our heroes break the rules to make the world a better place. You can see Roald Dahl's handwritten drafts of Matilda, create your own comic and have fun dressing up - and there's a host of associated events to enjoy too.

16-17 November: The Knole Children's Book Festival is back for its second year and some really big names are taking part: expect events with former Waterstones Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Lauren Child along with stars like Emily Gravett, Sarah McIntyre, Nadia Shireen and Tracey Corderoy. And that's not all, because we hear Elmer the Elephant may be making an appearance... Meanwhile, running from 9 November-5 January, expect some fun with The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Knole: there's a special parkland trail, an exhibition of Judith Kerr's illustrations, a dressing up box and much more.

16 November-26 January: If you've got Harry Potter fans in your family, why not experience Hogwarts in the Snow? The Warner Bros Studio Tour is again giving its exhibitions a festive feel - experience the Great Hall set up for the Yule Ball, discover how the filmmakers created snow that doesn't melt and visit the Weasleys' kitchen, decorated for the most wonderful time of the year. 

18-24 November: The South Ken Kids Festival is back for its 22nd edition from 18-24 November at the Institut français in London. This year, some of the most talented children's writers and illustrators will be appearing during the festival, including Axel Scheffler,Joe Todd-Stanton and Quentin Blake, providing a wide range of events including workshops, films and live drawing.

18-24 November: Our pals at Scottish BookTrust will be hosting Book Week Scotland, with heaps of fun stuff to get involved with.

20 November: A day dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of the welfare of children and promoting togetherness, the UN Universal Children's Day is today.

21 November-5 January: Heading to London's Winter Wonderland? This year, they're staging Paddington on Ice - expect amazing skating, brilliant costumes and some fun music to keep your little ones entertained.

23 November-18 January: It's back! It feels like the Old Vic's production of A Christmas Carol has become a bit of a festive tradition - this year, Paterson Joseph stars as Scrooge.

29 November-5 January: Head to the Lyric Theatre in London for Oi Frog & Friends, a stage show based on Kes Gray and Jim Field's brilliant picture books. Featuring original music, songs, puppets and rhymes, it's great for children aged 3+.

Also in November: The Northern Children's Book Festival will take place... the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will hold their annual conference.