March 2020

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


Early March: The shortlist for the YA Book Prize is unveiled this month! The winner will be announced at the iconic Hay Festival in May.

3 March: Today is the Jhalak Prize longlist announcement - will there be a children's book amongst the contenders? This is a prize which aims to seek out the best books by British resident BAME writers from all genres, and it's definitely worth checking out!

5 March: It's World Book Day - this is actually our favourite day ever and you can join in, too!

5 March: The winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards are announced live on Blue Peter this afternoon - tune in at 5:30pm to see which titles are named the Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

6-11 March: Get ready for the Belfast Children's Book Festival - which authors will be appearing this year?

10-12 March: It's time for London Book Fair, surely one of THE hottest events in the publishing calendar! They always have some top children's book authors and illustrators appearing across the three days of the event, and look out for upcoming talent, too.

19 March: The shortlists of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are announced - we are so glad we don't have to try and narrow them down! 

16-22 March: It's time for Shakespeare Week - this year, the theme is art and design.

20 March: Hooray, it's World Storytelling Day!

21 March: It's time to celebrate some of our favourite verse as it's World Poetry Day.

19-29 March: Get ready for Huddersfield Literature Festival - among other events, there will be an autism-friendly screening of the film Moomins on the Riviera.

27 March-5 April: Oxford Literary Festival is always guaranteed to provide a spectacular programme of events – we definitely recommend checking out their programme on their website here.

31 March: We'll find out the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award today!

Also in March: The winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize will be announced, so who will take the crown from Onjali Q. Raúf? We'll also get the UKLA Book Awards shortlist announcement.