The 2017 London Children’s Book Fair

Book fair

The 2017 London Children’s Book Fair

at Parasol unit

Friday + Saturday, 15 - 16 December 2017

Friday 15 December: 2 – 8pm (opening reception from 6pm)
Saturday 16 December: 10am – 5pm

We are crowdfunding! See below for more information, or click here to support!

It’s time to enter the wonderful world of BOOKS at The 2017 London Children’s Book Fair which presents the best of contemporary literature for children. This year’s fair celebrates the power of storytelling. With something for everyone one, from toddlers to teens, admission is free for children and adults. The fair takes place at the Parasol unit’s galleries on Friday and Saturday 1516 December 2017.

The 2017 London Children’s Book Fair encourages the joy of reading through all kinds of events, including illustrator workshops, storytelling sessions and readings by favourite authors and poets. This family event also includes book signings and a collaborative live drawing session with this year’s specially commissioned illustrator, Emily Rand. Discover new books and cherish old favourites from renowned publishers. Meet authors and illustrators, then buy the perfect gifts for Christmas – books!

The book fair kicks off on Friday 15 December with workshops and author readings for primary school children from Hackney and Islington. In a series of interactive workshops, Melanie Terrade, Director of Tinkamel, uses LED lights in a celebration of the collaborative power of science and art. It’s certain to fire up young people’s imaginations.

On Saturday, there are free workshops for the whole family. Design your own poster with illustrator Teresa Sdralevich from Cicada Books. Be captivated by the storytelling of Frann Preston-Gannon. Join Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell, aka Good Wives and Warriors, for an inspiring workshop of huge wall-painting. Illustrator David Barrow from Gecko Press will introduce his picture book Have You Seen Elephant? Come along to an author reading with Tower Block Books. Engage in poetry readings and activities with The Poetry Society. Sing along with renowned musician Tayo Irvine Hendrix in her interactive workshop for the UK launch of her first children’s book series, HUMMINGLAND.

Plus Gamar will introduce a free augmented-reality, literacy-based, treasure hunt to encourage children and families to learn about and explore the gallery space through a series of interactive games. For more information, please visit, or download the app on your mobile or tablet to play AR (artificial reality) tours in your local attractions.

On Saturday, our culinary neighbours Sardine will be selling sandwiches for all to enjoy throughout the day.

Participating publishers, illustrators, guest authors and charities include:

Barefoot Books David Barrow | Cicada Books | Design for Today The Emma Press | Flying Eye Books | Gamar | Gecko Press | Patrick GeorgeGood Wives and Warriors | Hackney Libraries | Hats of FaithTayo Irvine Hendrix | Laurence King Noodoll | Persia Educational Foundation | Phaidon | The Poetry Society | Frann Preston-Gannon | Emily Rand | Harriet Russell | Scoop Magazine | Scribble Books Teresa Sdralevich | The Voices of Future Generations | Two Hoots | TinkamelTiny Owl | Tower Block Books+ more to be announced!

We appreciate the kind support of Creative Color, Gamar, GreatArt, Mary Kinross Charitable Trust, Berna & Tolga Tuğlular and The Arts Society.

If you are an independent children’s author or illustrator and keen to exhibit your books – get in touch!

Illustrations by Emily Rand.

The 2017 London Children’s Book Fair gives audiences of many different backgrounds and ages an opportunity to find their individual creative voice and to share it with one another. Please support this initiative and help us raise funds for this Children’s Book Fair by donating to our crowdfunding campaign at

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