Keep up with books this summer

Geraldine Brennan

For children :

At least 600,000 children have signed up for the holiday reading programmes offered by public libraries. 85 per cent of library authorities are running Reading Carnival for four to 11-year-olds and Reading Challenge Plus for 11 to 13-year-olds; most other libraries have equivalent schemes.
Children who go on holiday in the UK can keep up with the national programmes which offer incentives including certificates, scratch cards and reading diaries.
There's still time to join: Reading Carnival and Reading Challenge Plus will run well into September. Details from public libraries.

Book-mad nine to 13-year-olds can bid for the chance to judge the Whitbread Children' s Book of the Year 2001 and report on the awards ceremony next January for Newsround on Children's BBC.
To enter, submit a 200-word review of a favourite book to: or send it to Book Review Press Pack, Newsround, BBC TV Centre London, W12 7RJ, by August 17.
Jamila Gavin, the winner of last year's Whitbread Children's Book of the Year (for Coram Boy ) and CBBC Newsround presenter, Lizo Mzumba, will select two young judges to join them on the 2001 panel.

Images are as important as words in the children's and young adult programme at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 11-27). nbsp; There's daily workshops with artists Jonny Boatfield and Serena de la Hay, sessions with Tony Ross (August 12, 3pm), Kate Greenaway Medal winner Lauren Child (August 13, 3pm), Shirley Hughes (August 18, 10am) and a free exhibition of illustrators at the National Trust for Scotland, Charlotte Square (most other events are in Charlotte Square Gardens). Jane Ray (August 13, 3pm) and Jackie Morris (August 18, 3pm) are teaching masterclasses for artists, illustrators and students at the same venue.

There's plenty on the programme for secondary aged readers including sessions with Adle Geras, William Nicholson, Jamila Gavin and David Almond. Check out the Authors' Heroes series for nine to 15-year-olds, which kicks off with Michael Rosen and Matthew Sweeney (August 11, 5.30pm), and the Writers as Readers series (August 21-23) pitched at teenagers and adults.

Full programme on
Box office: 0131 624 5050. Some events are free but all require tickets.

For adults

The Children' s Literature International Summer School at the University of Surrey Roehampton opens next weekend for an international gathering of enthusiasts and academics. The following events and talks are free and open to the public:

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