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

View our programme of FREE workshops + activities

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.

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: 

Shamim Azad | Barefoot Books David Barrow | Becky BaurCicada Books | Design for Today The Emma Press | Flying Eye Books | Gamar | Gecko Press | PatrickGeorgeGood Wives and Warriors | Great Art | Hackney Libraries | Hats of Faith| Laurence King | New North Press | Noodoll | OKIDO | Owl & Dog PlaybooksPersia Educational Foundation | Phaidon | The Poetry Society | Frann Preston-Gannon | Emily Rand | Harriet Russell | Scoop Magazine | Scribble Books Teresa Sdralevich | Thames & HudsonThis is Book LoveTinkamel Tiny Owl | Tower Block Books | UNESCO/Voices of Future Generations

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

Illustrations by Emily Rand.

The London Children's Book Fair image from 2016.

The London Children’s Book Fair 2016 at Parasol unit

Young boy reading a book at The London Children's Book Fair at Parasol unit

The London Children’s Book Fair 2016 at Parasol unit.

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