This year is going to be huge for books both old and new, for adults and for children. There are plenty of book-related events going on this year; highly anticipated releases, awards celebrating the creme de la creme and events both online and in the real world. Here are just a few of the events taking place over the next few months.
6th February- National Library Day.
Up and down the country libraries will be hosting family-friendly events exploring books as well as there being competitions. Libraries are such a vital resource for communities so find out when and where your nearest one is participating here.
14th February- International Book Giving Day.
Instead of chocolates and flowers, give a book this Valentine’s Day! As well as giving books to your friends and family, the volunteers behind IBGD encourage people to donate books to waiting rooms, hospitals and youth centres as well as charities that can distribute them to those who cannot access books themselves, both in the UK and globally.
3rd March- World Book Day.
Perhaps THE biggest literary event of the year. As well as kids getting to go to school dressed as their favourite character from a book, they all get a £1 voucher to redeem against a book of their choice or to pick from a selection of specially priced £1 books.
21st March- World Poetry Day.
Celebrate Keats, Wordsworth, Maya Angelou and all the other famous wordsmiths! Poetry is a really important part of literature as it helps expand vocabulary and encourage creative ways of using words.
5th-14th April- Spring Cambridge Literary Festival.
Cambridge’s bi-annual literary festival sees events such as talks from authors and explores both classic and modern literature.
15th April- The Jungle Book comes to cinemas.
The latest incarnation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story The Jungle Book comes out in cinemas. This version is live action with lots of celebrity voices including Bill Murray as Baloo the bear and Indris Elba as Shere Khan.
24th April-1st May- Stratford Literary Festival.
This jam-packed festival will include story-telling, activities and workshops. Children’s favourite Julia Donaldson will be appearing to read stories and sing songs.
7th May- Little Rebels Children’s Book Award.
The Little Rebels award seeks to identify and celebrate radical children’s books that empower people, especially children.
14th-15th May- Barnes Children’s Literature Festival.
The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival features popular stories, authors and poems and even has its own poem! This two day festival has events at several venues so visit the website here for more information.
27th May- Alice Through the Looking Glass is released.
Another adaptation to take the kids to see to encourage an interest in classic literature. Tim Burton’s re-imagining of Alice Through the Looking Glass will be wild, wacky and colourful and stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.
Watch this space for more events coming to a town near you!