Here we list a range of forthcoming events which may be of interest to IBBY members and others interested in books for young people. 

IBBY Events

2018 IBBY Honour List Celebratory Events

Celebratory events will be held with both of our nominees in the autumn:

Wednesday 20th September 6.30 - 8.30pm
Reception at the Illustration Cupboard to launch Jane Ray's solo exhibition and celebrate her nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018. 

  • Free to members but booking will be via Eventbrite - details nearer the time.

Thursday 5th October 6.30pm - 8.30pm
To celebrate Melvin Burgess's nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018, IBBY UK will host a panel discussion at Waterstones Piccadilly with Melvin Burgess, Lucy Christopher and Juno Dawson. 

  • Free to members but booking will be via Eventbrite - details nearer the time.

Save the date: IBBY Conference

11 November 2017 at CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) on the theme of Fairy Tales.

  • More details asap.

Other events

17 June - Offer for IBBY Members from Society of Authors Empowering Authors

Join Tony Bradman, Daniel Blythe, Dawn Finch, Candy Gourlay, Di Hofmeyr, James Mayhew, Nicola Morgan, Miriam Moss, Shoo Rayner, Nicky Singer and Justin Somper for a dynamic, empowering and knowledge-packed day to help children's writers and illustrators boost income, opportunities and career control. 

  • 10.30am-7.30pm, 17 June 2017
  • Waterstones’ Piccadilly, London
  • Price: £90 SoA members, £102 IBBY UK members, £126 general public
  • Book your tickets via EventBrite.


26 June - Dreams of Freedom

Dreams of FreedomOn Monday 26 June, Chickenshed will be staging a powerful and inspirational celebration of children’s hopes for the future in a truly monumental performance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. 

Inspired by Amnesty International UK’s illustrated children’s book of the same name, Dreams of Freedom will be the culmination of a project lasting more than a year, gathering children’s thoughts, opinions, ideas and dreams of freedom into a musical, theatrical and visual extravaganza presenting an unforgettable celebration of human rights for everyone. 

Bringing together hundreds of children from many different state, independent and SEN schools, as well as Chickenshed’s Children Theatre members, and backed by Triborough Music Hub’s 100-strong Young Singers Choir, Dreams of Freedom will offer a kaleidoscope of music, movement and song giving voice to children’s hopes for a better world. 

With original music and lyrics, Dreams of Freedom will be a wonderfully life-affirming glimpse of a world that could be, if we are ready to listen and dare to dream. It’s going to be a truly spectacular celebration of freedom with over 600 children performing, and we very much hope to see you there!