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:

9-11 August: Ehsan Abdollahi and Friends

Tiny Owl are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion with Ehsan Abdollahi and Friends at the House of Illustration on Thursday 10 August and two special events for children at the Parasol Unit on 9 and 11 August.

Ehsan Abdollahi, illustrator of When I Coloured In the World and A Bottle of Happiness, made headlines recently when his visa application was declined, denying him the opportunity to appear at Edinburgh International Book Festival. After an overwhelming surge of public support and media coverage in the Guardian and The Bookseller, this refusal was overturned, enabling him to visit the UK as planned.

IBBY has campaigned since it was founded to promote international understanding through children's literature and the freedom of authors and illustrators to travel the world to promote their work to new audiences is a vital part of this.

The panel event at House of Illustration will discuss Ehsan's work and the importance of intercultural dialogue and artistic collaboration.

The Children's Bookshow

The Children’s Bookshow takes the best writers and illustrators from around the world to UK theatres each autumn to share their work with children and bring back the joy to reading.

This year's programme will host writers and illustrators from Japan, Estonia, Russia, Finland and the UK highlighting the importance of children reading books outside of their language and culture.

The 2017 tour runs from Friday 22nd September when Michael Rosen kicks off with a hilarious gig at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, to Friday 24th November when we’ll end the tour with our partner, the European Commission Representation in the UK, at Europe House with Finnish, Estonian and Russian writers and a homegrown talent, Alexis Deacon, author of Beegu, who will be talking about the Moomins with our Finnish friends.

Full list of participating authors and illustrators 2017

Michael Rosen, Megumi Iwasa & Jun Takabatake, Judith Kerr & John Burningham in conversation with Nicolette Jones, Guo Yue and Clare Farrow, Rachel Rooney, Jo Empson, David Litchfield, Bruce Ingman, Daniel Morden, Jessica Souhami, Horatio Clare & Jane Matthews, Kätlin Vainola & Ulla Saar, Timo Parvela & Virpi Talvitie

Full list of 2017 locations

Bexhill on Sea, Bristol, Hereford, Ilkley, Ipswich, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Lowestoft, Newcastle, Plymouth, Stafford, Wolverhampton.

For further details and to book tickets please go to