September 2019

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


8 September: Champion the importance of literacy as a human right with UNESCO's International Literacy Day.

12-16 September: Chiswick Book Festival includes a specific Children's Festival that will feature inspiring talks and workshops.

13 September: Release your inner Matilda and help celebrate Roald Dahl Day with a scrumptious fudgemallow delight or a giant peach.

18-22 September: Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival promises to bring lots of well-known authors in both adult and children's books to South Devon - it should be a weekend to remember.

20-28 September: The second literary festival in Devon of the month, Appledore Book Festival brings more authors to another coastal community with one aim: to increase the enjoyment of reading.

20 September-November: The Children's Bookshow kicks off today! It aims to inspire schoolchildren with a love of reading through a bumper programme of theatre performances and in-school workshops with some of the best authors and illustrators from around the world. This year, Neal Layton, Jon Agee and Michael Rosen are among the stars who will be taking to stages and schools across the country. And what's even better is that every child will receive a free book by the author or illustrator running the workshop! To find out more details about this year's tour, follow @ChildrensBkShow on Twitter, The Children's Bookshow on Facebook or visit

27 September-6 October: It's time for the Bath Children's Literature Festival – keep an eye on the website for which authors and illustrators will be appearing this year.

28 September-6 October: Henley Literary Festival will be taking place again: stay tuned for more details.

28-29 September: Only in its second year, Broughton Hall Children's Literature Festival will be back in 2019. It emphasises the positive effect that reading can have on children's mental wellbeing - we'll have to wait and see which authors are taking part this year.

30 September: Happy International Translation Day!

Also in September: The Autumn Children's Book Show will take place... The winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize will be announced.