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.

2021 conference

Due to the unprecedented situation the Executive Committee of the Federation had to take the difficult decision to cancel the annual conferences in 2020 and 2021.

Next year’s conference is already in the planning stages and will take place from 8th to 10th April 2022.


2019 conference 

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

See here for past conferences.