October 2019

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


2 October: It's No Pens Day Wednesday, so why not put down your pen and spend your day speaking and listening instead?

3 October: The theme for this year's National Poetry Day is Truth. Tell the people at National Poetry Day about any programmes you enjoy that tell the truth about something that matters to you, or deliver a home truth. Don't forget to use the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay to tell everyone how you celebrate poetry.

3-6 October: The Cuckfield Book Festival will be taking place in early October - keep an eye on the website for details.

4-13 October: Yet another of the big book festivals, Cheltenham Literature Festival, takes place this week. It's guaranteed to secure some of the biggest names in children's books, so make sure you look out for their programme announcement.

  • The Cheltenham Literature Festival has also unveiled their Literature for Schools programme, hosting over 9,000 students for six days! A host of huge names including Patrice Lawrence, Cressida Cowell, Candy Gourlay, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and heaps more will be taking part and there will be fun free events to check out, too. Find out more on the website.

5 October: Make your teacher feel special today - it's World Teacher Day.

5-13 October: It's time for Durham Book Festival, which promises lots of literary fun! Some schools events have already been unveiled, including with Onjali Q Rauf and Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

8-13 October: National Libraries Week is a time to showcase how much libraries have an impact on communities around the UK. There will be all kinds of events happening in libraries during the week, so we recommend keeping an eye on the website for important updates.

12-20 October: Ilkley Literature Festival returns with a bumper children’s line-up this year! Authors such as Clare Balding, Andy Stanton and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock will be entertaining children with topics from space to dinosaurs and everything inbetween. Be sure to check out the full programme for all the details. 

18-28 October: The 12th London Literature Festival will take place at the Southbank Centre. The programme will be announced closer to the time but based on the guests from past years, it won't disappoint any book lover.

19-20 October: Wokingham’s Children’s Book Festival is back for a second year! It is a fabulous chance for the children of Wokingham Borough to meet a variety of amazing authors and illustrators who will bring stories to life through fun, interactive workshops. Talks and interactive workshops span the age ranges, with events suitable for 3-16 years.

27 October: It's National Tell-A-Story Day – which story will you choose to tell?

Also in October: Look out for the Croydon Literary Festival and the Big Draw Festival.