Children's Conference 2019: Last chance to book

Children's Conference 2019: Last chance to book

The children's publishing world has just one day left to book tickets to this year's Bookseller Children's Conference. 

This year's event, which will focus on publishing for everyone in today's divided world, will take place on Monday 23rd September at County Hall in London. 

Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell will take to the stage to inspire the trade to face the challenges ahead with her keynote on "Reading is Magic and Magic Should be for Everyone" while keynote speaker Catherine Bell, co-m.d. of Scholastic, will outline how to make reading more accessible and engaging for all in her keynote. 

The conference will discuss how to bring in the crowd, how to reach new audiences, and how to publish to the widest brief. Panels will focus on publishing YA, how to build a viable children’s audiobook business, publishing outside London, innovative librarianship, and training needs for next-generation publishers. 

Highlights of the day include the official title launch for World Book Day 2020 while Jasmine Richards, founder of Storymix, a children’s fiction development company with a focus on inclusive representation, will chair a session on sustaining the careers of new authors and illustrators and author Sharna Jackson will talk about how the cultural sector engages with children.

In this golden age of children's publishing, The Bookseller's chart analyst Kiera O'Brien will assess why the children's sector continues to rise. O'Brien said: "Overall, the Children’s market is up 1.05% for the year to date, which (if that rise continues) would make 2019 the all-time record year (in value terms). It’s nearly doubled in size since records began in 2001."

Tickets are available now until tomorrow (Friday 13th September) from The Bookseller Children’s Conference website.