What's happening in children's books in 2017? Your complete guide to festivals, anniversaries, awards and events

Published on: 01 October 2017 Author: Charlotte Jones

Autumn is now definitely here (we can't believe it), and it's been a brilliant year, so far: full of events, anniversaries and festivals.

And if you want to know what else you can start getting excited about, you're in the right place as we've got all the details on some of the most important dates in children's books right up until the end of the year.

We've already had the announcement of a brand new Children's Laureate and the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; read on to find out what else is coming up:

All this month: It's National Non-Fiction Month - here are some books your child will love to help you celebrate.

6 November: The John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children's Books exhibition opens at the House of Illustration today, but you've got lots of time to see it, as it runs until 4 March 2018. The duo have collaborated on nearly 50 projects so here's a chance to get a close-up look at some of their work - you can find out more information here.

13 November: World Kindness Day takes place today - these books which encourage empathy and compassion seem like a perfect reading list to us.

13-17 November: How exciting - it's BookTrust's Children's Book Week! There will be lots more information to come - keep up to date with everything you need to know on our website.

20 November: The UN's Universal Children's Day is marked on 20 November, promoting togetherness and awareness among children worldwide.

23 November: The shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Awards will be announced today - which books are you hoping to see make the cut?

27 November: Here's a real November treat - Book Week Scotland launches today and continues until 3 December, with events in schools, libraries, community centres and workplaces to promote a love of reading.

30 November: Today marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels.

Also this month: The winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize is announced... The Young Critics Award winners are unveiled... The Northern Children's Book Festival will see authors and events in around 100 schools as well as an exciting free Gala Day... the South Ken Kids Festival will mark its 20th year with book signings, a drawing competition and live events... the Books on the Tyne Newcastle Book Festival will be back for more reading fun.

9 December: Here's a real treat - the lovely folk at the V&A Museum have decided we could all do with cheering up and will be launching their Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition today! Expect merchandise and original E. H. Shepard drawings (might be best to stock up on honey and condensed milk beforehand, though - we can only imagine how much you'll crave them afterwards...) Find out more and book tickets on the V&A website.

15-16 December: Fancy some pre-Christmas book fun? You're in luck - just head to the London Children's Book Fair at Parasol Unit! The event promises interactive workshops, storytelling sessions, readings, signings and live drawing - just check out the website for more information.

Also this month... Have a break from all that Christmas shopping and head to the cinema, because the end of the year is full of movies that book lovers will adore. We don't have exact dates yet, but an adaptation of Jennifer Niven's All The Bright Places starring Elle Fanning is expected to be released in December.

Other films thought to be arriving in the UK towards the end of the year include an adaptation of C S Lewis' The Silver Chair and a movie version of Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House. Plus, we should be seeing a big-screen take on Patrick Ness's much-loved book The Knife of Never Letting Go featuring Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley.

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