One of the great things about the FCBG annual conference is that it represents and celebrates almost everyone involved in getting children and books together; including the creators (the authors and illustrators), the makers (the publishers) and the mediators (parents, librarians and teachers).
The publishers’ exhibition is always a highlight of the weekend; offering delegates an opportunity to meet and get to know a wide range of publishers and their books – often with the added bonus of being able to fill up a bag or two with giveaways to excite or inspire a book group, or brighten up a library or reading corner.
There is always a wide range of publishers represented, from the well-established to the recently launched or smaller publishers. One of the sessions on our programme this year will be a conversation between Anna McQuinn of Alanna Books and Greet Pauwelijn of Book Island. One specialises in creating and publishing inclusive and diverse stories for ALL children, and the other in sourcing and translating beautiful picture books from around the world.
Anna’s engaging series of picture book stories about Lulu has been running for more than 10 years now; and the beautiful dual-language picture book Loa Loa of Dragon Mountain by Margaret Bateson-Hill is celebrating its 20th birthday this year! You can find out more about Anna’s work as a publisher and author here:
Book Island was founded in 2012 by Belgian-born translator Greet Pauwelijn, and last year the company moved their headquarters from New Zealand to the UK. In the same year the publisher was awarded the Bologna Prize for Children’s Publisher of Oceania. Watch this short film to find out more about Book Island’s exciting journey to date.
If you live in or near to Reading, check out the rates for Day Delegates: Everyone is very welcome!