Tuesday 27th September 2016, Milton Court, London

From Harry Potter to The BFG, from A Monster Calls to Peter Rabbit, from Lord of the Rings to Wimpy Kid, from Ladybird to the Ladybirds for Grown-ups, many of today’s hottest media properties have come out of children's publishing. Many others, such as Lego and Minecraft, have seen their franchises expand hugely thanks to their partnerships with publishing. But how can children’s books retain their position at the heart of a hugely expanding consumer market that is multi-format and governed by trends that emerge in the playground and on YouTube?

The theme of The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference is exactly that: how to keep children’s books at the centre of the entertainment universe. I am delighted to have recruited speakers from across the kids landscape, from Monsoon to CBBC, from Penguin Random House to the Hay Festival, for a day of exploration, delights, and education.

This is the biggest children’s publishing conference of the year and will tool-up your businesses to address the opportunities ahead with confidence and imagination, and with a contacts book to scare your rivals into hiding! 

Charlotte Eyre, Children's Editor The Bookseller and programme director for The Children's Conference 2016


Life, the universe, and where books fit in

With expert speakers from publishing and the children's entertainment field.

Cosmology: what the numbers tell us today

Including exclusive data insights into children's reading and entertainment habits.

Stargazing: fantastic fans and where to find them

With talks from some of the best marketers, retailers and events organisers in the business.

To boldly go: the new frontiers and how to reach (beyond) them

Taking a look at the areas the publishing industry is aiming to reach.

For speaker enquiries contact Charlotte Eyre
For sponsorship opportunities contact Emma Lowe
For general enquiries contact Anna Martin

Why Attend?

The Bookseller Children’s Conference is an important date in the book trade calendar. Attracting leading figures from the world of children’s books: publishers, booksellers, authors, agents and librarians along with speakers from other industries, it is a forum for new ideas and innovation.

Each year the very best speakers in the field, share their ideas and insight, stimulating fresh-thinking and enabling us all to step back from the day job and re-assess what we do and how we do it.

Learn trade secrets behind the biggest successes in print

Exclusive data and consumer insight into children’s reading habits today

Understand how innovative use of intellectual property can increase your profile and market share

 See how licensing can help you leverage your content and grow your business

 Gain insights into the latest award-winning marketing campaigns


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I thought the conference was great. Incredibly informative and forward thinking. A really nice mix of presenters. Well worth the money.

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