The Federation’s annual conference, organised by one of our local children’s book groups in collaboration with the National Executive, takes place every year in spring, in different locations around the country. Talks, debates, seminars, workshops and exhibitions all feature at the conference which provides a great opportunity to hear authors and illustrators talk about their work, and to socialise with others who are passionate about children’s books and getting kids reading.

2020 conference

Logo designed by Simon James

Our next conference, Sailing Forth: Inspiring Choices, hosted by Plymouth CBG, will take place at Exeter University, from 17th – 19th April 2020.

During the weekend we will be celebrating the Children’s Book Award’s 40th Anniversary in the company of four times winner Sir Michael Morpurgo and are offering a fantastic programme of speakers including: Claire Barker, Emma Carroll, CLPE, Chris dLacey, Lily Dyu, Simon James, Fiona Lumbers, Sarah McIntyre, Tom McLaughlin, Tom Palmer, Korky Paul, Philip Reeve, Justin Somper, Jeremy Strong, Lisa Thompson, Piers Torday, and Clare Helen Welsh.

For your entertainment, there will be an evening of poetry and song on Friday and the Flash Jack Shanty Group on Saturday. Many thanks to Simon James for designing our 2020 conference logo.

More details about the programme and how to book your place will be available very soon!!!

2019 conference 

Last year’s conference, Opening Doors, was hosted by Lewes and Oxted CBGs, at Woldingham School, Caterham from 12th – 14th April 2019.

The speakers included Nick Sharratt, Guy Parker Reese and Francesca Simon; and the panels explored Empathy, Representation, Middle Grade Fiction and Non-Fiction. There was an evening of poetry and music and celebrations of 30 years of Elmer and 20 years of Giraffes Can’t Dance.

2018 conference

The 2018 conference, A Golden Treasury: Hidden Gems, Bright Futures, was held at Queenswood School in Hertfordshire. Held in the year of FCBG’s 50th anniversary, the very special conference programme featured former Children’s Laureates Sir Michael Morpurgo and Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Michael Morpurgo receiving his award

Delegates enjoy socialising at mealtime

Zeb Soames, one of the speakers

The publishers’ exhibition

James Mayhew does live collaging

One of the many cakes


LP Student logo FINAL

2017 conference

The 2017 conference, Write Around the World: Broadening Horizons, took place in Reading at The Oratory School. Speakers included Chris Riddell, Lucy Worsley, Petr Horacek and Nicola Davies. Click here to see some photos of the event.

See here for past conferences.