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.

2017 conference will take place in Reading from 7th to 9th April 2017. More details will be available shortly.

2016 conference

FED building bridges 2016 logo colour

Our 2016 conference, ‘Building Bridges – Forging connections and growing readers‘, has recently taken place with a host of fabulous speakers from the world of children’s literature.  Pictures from the conference can be viewed below.


2015 Conference conferencelogo

Our 2015 conference took place in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on April 10-12th and was organised by Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group. You can see some pictures here, here and 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. books&beyond-colour-web   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.

the publishers exhibition conference 2010

The publishers’ exhibition is always popular at conference.

You can read an illustrated report of the 2011 Conference here. You can read an illustrated report of the 2010 Conference here. You can read an illustrated report of the 2009 Conference here.