Literary Calendar


Blue Peter Book Awards

The Costa Book Awards

The John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished American children's book (USA)

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States (USA)

National Storytelling Week

Lollies – The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards announced (created by Scholastic to celebrate the funniest children’s books of the year)


National Libraries Day

Red House Children's Book Award


World Book Day

World Storytelling Day

Waterstone's Children's Book Prize

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize

The Hans Christian Anderson Award


International Children's Book Day


English 4-11 Picture Book Awards

National Share-a-Story-Month

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize


National Bookstart Week

Children's Laureate Announced (every two years)

Welsh Language Children's Laureate Announced (every two years)


UKLA Book Awards

Branford Boase Writing Competition for Young Writers

Summer Reading Challenge

Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for children

Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding illustration in a book for children


International Literacy Day

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Funny Prize


International School Library Day

National Children's Book Week

National Poetry Day

Wales Young People's Laureate announced

Family Learning Festival


National Non-Fiction Day

School Library Association Information Book Award

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize

Sheffield Children's Book Awards

Compiled by Jo Bowers, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Zoe Toft, Federation of Children's Book Groups and Melanie McGilloway, Federation of Children's Book Groups

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