An annual event to reflect on the impact, imagination and importance of books for young people.
The Children’s Books Ireland conference takes place annually in September and is a highlight in our calendar, although ‘conference’ implies a kind of formal atmosphere that doesn’t do justice to the vibrancy of this event.
The Children’s Books Ireland international conference is a weekend-long celebration of the very best in children’s books. This annual event is a unique opportunity to critically reflect on the impact, imagination and importance of books for young people. Anyone with an interest in and a passion for children’s books is welcome to attend and participate in what is always an outward-looking, lively and thought-provoking event.
We invite speakers from Ireland and around the world to energise, excite, inform and inspire our delegates. Past guests have included picturebook creators Rob Biddulph, Shaun Tan, Jon Klassen, Hervé Tullet and Oliver Jeffers, authors Patrick Ness, Kate di Camillo, Louise O’Neill and David Almond, and former UK Laureates Lauren Child and Michael Rosen. Check out our Youtube channel for videos of previous year’s speakers.
The conference also includes the presentation of the annual CBI award. This award is made to an individual or organisation in recognition of an outstanding contribution to children’s books. The recipient is nominated by the members of Children’s Books Ireland in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the reading lives of children in Ireland. In 2018 this award was given to Eve Molony, a volunteer school librarian from Scoil Ailbhe in Thurles. Previous recipients of this award include: Eason children’s book buyer David O’Callaghan, Associate Professor and educator Amanda Piesse, author and Dun Laoghaire Writer in Residence Sarah Webb, Jane O’Hanlon of Poetry Ireland, author, former Laureate na nÓg and publisher Siobhán Parkinson, children’s books journalist and enthusiast Robert Dunbar, retired teacher Irene Barber, Fighting Words, retired teacher Liz Morris, publisher and author Colmán Ó’Raghallaigh and retired librarian Rosemary Hetherington.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no conference taking place in 2020.