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 is a great opportunity to hear authors and illustrators discuss their work as well as socialising with others who are passionate about children’s books and getting kids reading.
NEWS: 2016 conference!
We are delighted to announce that the 2016 conference of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, ‘Building Bridges – Forging connections and growing readers‘, will take place at the Telford Innovation Campus, University of Wolverhampton, on 1st to 3rd April 2016
More details about the programme will follow over the summer.
For more details about the venue see here.
In 2014, our conference, named Books and Beyond, took place in Worth Abbey on April 11-13th. You can see some pictures from here, here and here. Feedback from the 2013 conference included: “Excellent range of speakers covering all levels of children’s books as well is styles of speaking from the silly/funny to the serious. Well designed programme.” “The programme and design of the conference exceeded expectations. I found the atmosphere welcoming, warm and friendly and I was very pleased I had decided to attend.” “I love the fact that I can get together with like-minded people who love books and reading as much as me. Listening to authors and illustrators is a wonderful way of inspiring us to share our joy of books with others.” You can read a report from a first time conference attendee in the Summer 2012 newsletter. 2013’s conference took place in Bury St. Edmunds, March 22nd-24th. You can see photos from our 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 Conferences here.