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 - 8pm

The Illustration Cupboard is holding an exhibition of artwork from Jane Ray's two new books - The Glassmaker's Daughter and The Elephant's Garden.  Please come along to the launch of the exhibition which will also celebrate Jane's HCA nomination. Speeches at 7pm and Jane will be signing books during the early part of the evening.  

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:

14 Sept: Klaus Flugge Prize

A celebration of the Klaus Flugge Prize with shortlisted illustrators 
Emma Lewis and Francesca Sanna

Thursday 14th September 6.30pm Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

Now in its second year, the Klaus Flugge Prize celebrates picture book art and is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. At this special event, two of the illustrators shortlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize will discuss their books, illustration styles and their journey to publication. It will be chaired by Klaus Flugge Prize judge and Sunday Times children’s books editor Nicolette Jones. 

An unmissable event for anyone interested in children’s book illustration or keen to pursue a career as an illustrator.

22 Sept- 24 Nov: 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

14 April 2018: YA Shot

YA Shot is a not-for-profit one-day literary festival involving around 50 top Young Adult and Middle Grade authors in a programme of over 20 workshop, in-conversation and panel events in the centre of Uxbridge. Now in its third successful year, the event is run in partnership with Hillingdon Council & Hillingdon Borough Libraries, Waterstones Uxbridge and is supported by an Arts Council Grant.

In 2018 YA Shot is focusing focus on human rights. Literature is a key force in creating the awareness, understanding and empathy needed to support human rights. Young Adult and Middle Grade books bring these rights to bear in stories, helping young people understand how they shape their lives and the world they will inherit. The programme will be a reflection of this by focusing on the relationship between human rights, reading and writing.

From Adventure to Historical Fiction and Fantasy to Sci-Fi there are events for readers of all interests. YA Shot 2018 authors include Samantha Shannon, Alexia Casale, Sita Brahmachari, Holly Bourne, Will Hill, Melinda Salisbury, Sara Barnard, Karen Gregory, Sophie McKenzie, CJ Daugherty, Alwyn Hamilton, Katherine Webber and Anna Perera.

All-day tickets are

£20 Adult

£15 Concession & Children’s (including students; minimum age 7, under 12s must be accompanied)

Tickets are available from our website: No booking, postage or other fees.

  • The money raised from ticket sales supports a year-long outreach programme, including up to 35 free author visits to 1-3 different library systems and councils each year. Chosen library systems distribute the events across their libraries, which then invite local schools (with priority going to disadvantaged schools) to enjoy the opportunity to meet a fantastic author. We are also piloting events delivered via councils to groups of young people with the least access to these sorts of events, including children in care, care leavers and young carers.