September 2019

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


4 September: If you're a Black Woman or Woman of Colour interested in becoming an author, join Jasmine Richards at the Freeword Centre in London for a masterclass in writing for children and teens! This event is being run by REWRITE and BookTrust and will cover everything from choosing your topic to submitting your work to agents and publishers. You can get your tickets here.

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. The programme is now available on the website - expect newly-crowned Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell along with other fab authors and illustrators, fun workshops and a  Roald Dahl show.

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 looks like a fabulous weekend in South Devon - children's and school events include talks from Chris Riddell, Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell, Alex Wheatle and Claire Barker. You can also look forward to Tanya Landman's creative writing workshop, a literary quiz, a poetry slam and much more.

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. Michael Rosen's already been announced along with a children's writing workshop.

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 and the website has the details of the awesome writers and illustrators taking part this year. Expect the likes of Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell, Dougie Poynter, Harry Hill, Patrice Lawrence, Chris Riddell, Holly Smale, Ade Adepitan, Abi Elphinstone, Greg James and Chris Smith, Konnie Huq, Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson, Liz Pichon, and so many more (seriously, the list goes on and on!) Plus there'll be fun stuff to get involved with including a Shaun the Sheep model-making workshop and shows about Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter and Judith Kerr. Phew!

28 September-6 October: Henley Literary Festival will be taking place again: Michael Rosen, Chris Riddell, Sophy Henn and Dougie Poynter are among the big names taking part.

30 September: Happy International Translation Day!

Also in September: The winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize will be announced.