September

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

September

8 September: Today is UNESCO's International Literacy Day, which celebrates efforts to improve literacy around the world.

12 September: The winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today! The award celebrates the most exciting and promising newcomer to children's picture book illustration and was won last year by Francesca Sanna for The Journey - who will follow in her footsteps? 

13 September: Grab a snozzcumber and some Fizzy Lifting Drinks - it's Roald Dahl Day!

13-17 September: The Chiswick Book Festival takes place this week! The Children's Festival includes mindful storytelling, fun workshops and talks from the likes of Julian Clary and Gareth P Jones.

17 September: The Autumn Children's Book Show kicks off today and will feature heaps of events for students and teachers across the country right through to November. Today's event is with Michael Rosen in Leicester, but other stars involved over the next couple of months include Neal Layton, Viviane Schwartz, Alexis Deacon and Catherine Rayner. For full details, head to the website.

19-23 September:  Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival runs this weekend. With everything from a children's literary quiz to fun storytimes and talks from the likes of Sir Michael Morpurgo, you should find something to keep you entertained! 

21 September: The Appledore Book Festival in North Devon launches today and runs all the way until 29 September. Full details of the programme are on the website, and you can expect lots of fun: workshops, writing sessions, and an appearance by Sir Michael Morpurgo. There's even a crabbing competition!

21 September: Lauren Child will visit Queen's University Belfast for the first time as UK Children's Laureate in this special BookTrust Northern Ireland event. She'll be joined by Bruce Ingman and Myra Zepf for a lively discussion on creativity chaired by Mare-Louise Muir, in a 16+ event. If you are interested in attending this free ticketed event, please register your interest with lucy.lewis@booktrust.org.uk.

22 September: Come along on to the Verbal Arts Centre Derry to hear Two Laureates in Conversation in this special BookTrust Northern Ireland event. Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child will be joined by Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan to discuss their roles, books and creativity with Julia Eccleshare. This event will be of interest to teachers, students of art and literature, librarians and creatives; if you want to attend the free ticketed event, which is suitable for 14+, please register your interest with lucy.lewis@booktrust.org.uk.

27-30 September: There's a brand new event to add to your calendars for September 2018! This year marks the launch of the Broughton Hall Children's Literature Festival, which will take place at Broughton Hall near Skipton in Yorkshire. Founder Trevor Wilson says he wants to make a big difference to children from local schools, and he's partnering with the mental health charity The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust for the event, too. The plan is to have 50 authors and poets visiting 150 local schools, with two days of performances at Broughton Hall - basically, it definitely looks like one to keep an eye on. More details will be announced nearer the time.

28 September-7 October: The Bath Children's Literature Festival will take place across these dates, and there is absolutely heaps going on! It's all kicking off with an event with Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child - then you can expect everything from storytimes to drawing and writing workshops and talks from absolute legends including David Almond, Philip Pullman, Pamela Butchart and MG Leonard (plus BookTrust ambassador and former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell). Add in loads of appearances from celebrity authors, theatre shows and even a Minecraft takeover and it looks like a real treat.

28 September-14 October: Today Ilkley Literature Festival kicks off with plenty of events to interest young readers: expect the likes of Nadiya Hussain, Jacqueline Wilson and Horrible Histories author Terry Deary to be making appearances. There's even a 'bake a cake based on a book' competition in honour of Nadiya, alongside an Aardman Animation workshop, writing sessions and heaps more - check out the website for the full programme of events.

30 September: Happy International Translation Day!

Also in September: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will hold its Members' Only Agents Party, a great way of kickstarting careers (you can read about last year's event here).