October

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

October

All this month: October is the month of The Big Draw Festival, which will see lots of events around the country encouraging you to get sketching.

1-7 October:  Henley Literary Festival is an extravaganza which has a special programme of children's events and a schools festival to boot. More details are on the website, although we already know that Sir Michael Morpurgo will host a special family event on the first day of the festival and there will be lots of writing workshops, picture book fun and interactive events. A. F. Harrold, Francesca Simon and Anthony Horowitz will be taking part in the schools programme, while you can also expect fun stuff from Ten Fat Sausages author Michelle Robinson and 1,000 Year Old Boy author Ross Welford.

3 October: Today is No Pens Day Wednesday, an initiative from the Communication Trust that encourages schools to put down the pens and celebrate a day of learning through speaking and listening activities. Will you be getting involved?

4 October: Today is National Poetry Day! The theme for 2018's event is Change, so expect an explosion of activity nationwide - all to celebrate poetry's power to bring people together.

5 October: It's National Teachers Day today! Make sure you make a fuss of the teachers in your life... or if you ARE a teacher, make sure people make a fuss of you.

5-14 October: The Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of the oldest literary festivals in the world, and the line-up is looking very starry indeed. Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Sir Michael Morpurgo and Chris Riddell are among the stars making appearances, and you can also expect PaddingtonWinnie the Witch and The Tiger Who Came to Tea storytelling sessions alongside drawing and craft sessions. There are events for fans of YA too - something for the whole family, then!

6 October: Today, Cuckfield Book Festival is holding its events for young people in the Baptist Church in Cuckfield. There will be workshops, talks, and loads of active fun for children of all ages. Look out for Tony De Saulles talking about his Bee Boy trilogy, explore the world of dinosaurs with Nicky Dee, and find out about writing for children with Rosemary Hayes, Pippa Goodhart and Gillian McClure.

6-7 October: Are you interested in writing YA fiction? If so, Spread the Word are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by the magnificent Orangeboy author Patrice Lawrence with guest speaker Steve Tasane, who recently published his emotional story about refugees, Child I. Expect to learn about everything from finding your narrative voice to submitting your masterpiece to publishers. Find out all the details on the website here.

6-15 October:  Durham Book Festival is another well-established event and it always works closely with schools. Events have already started being announced, and tickets for some are selling like hot cakes, so make sure to visit the website now to avoid missing out.

9-14 October: It's National Libraries Week so make sure you get to your local library and celebrate.

15 October: Join Lauren Child, Jessie Burton and Angela Barrett at London's House of Illustration as they discuss daydreaming and creativity through their work in an event hosted by Nicolette Jones. Angela Barrett and Jessie Burton have recently collaborated on The Restless Girls – a reworking of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm. Find out more about the event right here.

21 October: As part of its Masterclasses, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will host a special event with Piers Torday, Creating Characters To Care About. It sounds like a great way to polish up any stories you're working on - attendees are offered the opportunity to bring characters who need a little something extra with them. You can find out more about this event and the other SCBWI Masterclasses on the website.

27 October: How lovely - the UK celebrates National Tell-A-Story Day today. Who will you choose to share your tales with?

27 October: The Croydon Literary Festival takes place today - children's book events include a session with Murder Most Unladylike author Robin Stevens, rhyming fun with the Chocolate Poetry Club, and a discussion about multicultural children's books with Boy 87 author Ele Fountain.