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Children's Book Fair

Children's Book Fair

Illustration: Darryl Clifton and Robert Nicol

Children's Book Fair

Children's Book Fair

Children's Book Fair

SLG Children's Book Fair 2017

FRI 28 APR, 3-9PM & SAT 29 APR, 11AM-6PM, FREE


Join us for the second South London Gallery Children's Book Fair. Discover inspiring new reads, buy a gift, or take part in workshops, readings and other special events. The book fair is free and open to all, and features some of the best independent publishers in the UK.

Download the full events programme for Sat 29 Apr

Supported by Camberwell Press. 


  • A reading and draw along of If I Had a Dinosaur with writer Gabby Dawnay and illustrator Alex Barrow. With dino-doodles galore, this is a chance for young imaginations to think about the important practicalities of having a dinosaur pet. (For 3+ years)
  • Veteran comics artist Prentis Rollins will be discussing his new book How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias. Rollins will share tips on how to get inspired and will lead a sci-fi drawing exercise. (For 5+ years)
  • Margit Mulder creator of I am Squarehead  will lead a workshop exploring what it means to be unique and different.
  • Storytelling and creative workshops with Anna Rumsby author of The Painting-In Book and author and illustrator Karl Newson.


  • Award winning children's author and illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon talks about her career and gives her insights into the children's book industry.
  • Illustrator Ben Connors and the SLG's young people's forum the Art Assassins discuss their collaborative comic book inspired by Jamaican graphic designer Wilfred Limonious.
  • In the Reading Room the SLG present a selection of their favourite children's books for parents and children to read.


Abrams & Chronicle Books
Abrams & Chronicle Books is the European arm of acclaimed publishing houses ABRAMS, based in New York, and Chronicle Books, based in San Francisco. They distribute a list that’s packed with beautifully-designed, bestselling children’s books.

Camberwell College of Arts
Camberwell Press have curated a selection of children's books created specially for this event by students on the BA Illustration and MA Book Arts courses at Camberwell College of Arts. Camberwell specialises in fine art, design and conservation courses and offers students the freedom and support to explore their individual creativity using facilities that embrace both traditional craftsmanship and digital technology. 

Design For Today
A small press inspired by mid-century design and lithography. Ephemera, objects of curiosity, books to read and touch. They celebrate independent shops, innovative illustrators and the well printed book. 

Flying Eye Books
Flying Eye Books (FEB, for short) is the children’s imprint of award-winning visual publishing house Nobrow. Established in early 2013, FEB sought to retain the same attention to detail in design and excellence in illustrated content as its parent publisher, but with a focus on the craft of children’s storytelling and non-fiction. At the core of what FEB does is a simple pledge: whatever the project, whatever the medium, genre, or format, Flying Eye Books will take your children’s eyes on a journey of wonder!

Frann Preston-Gannon
Frann Preston-Gannon is a South London based award winning author and illustrator of over 15 books for children. Her books are published around the globe and she creates them all out her studio space in a railway arch in South London.

Gecko Press
Gecko Press publishes internationally-renowned children's books with heart. They choose books strong in story, illustration and design, with a strong 'heart factor'. The aim of Gecko Press is to encourage children to love to read.

I am Squarehead
I am Squarehead is a series of books featuring Squarehead and friends, who live in an imaginary world where everything is square – and everyone has to be square to be there. He goes on a journey of discovery and finds out that it’s OK to be different.  This is the founding idea behind all their books. It’s what makes them different.

Laurence King
Laurence King publish beautiful, inventive and engaging children’s books to spark creativity and foster curiosity. Their acclaimed range of illustrated non-fiction and activity books runs from art and animals to monsters and mazes, bringing a fresh, exciting twist to established genres and showcasing the best children’s illustration and design.

Lexie Mouse Design
Lexie Mouse Design has designed and developed a wide range of children's products incorporating Dyslexie Font. The products are for children with and without dyslexia, giving all children the chance to work from the same material.

Mel Elliott
Mel Elliott studied at The Royal College of Art and graduated in 2007. Since then, she founded her publishing label I LOVE MEL and began publishing her pop culture line drawings into colouring books including Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling, Colour Me Swiftly and Colour Me Bad amongst many others. Since having a daughter, Elliott noticed much gender stereotyping amongst young children and this inspired her to write and illustrate her first children’s book Pearl Power. Two sequels have followed on in the Pearl Power series, with a fourth due out this October. Mel lives in Hastings with her family and works from her studio and book/gift shop in St Leonards on Sea.

Nosy Crow
Nosy Crow is an award-winning independent publisher of children’s books for ages 0-12. In 2011 they began publishing parent-friendly children’s books and apps that encourage children to read for pleasure. All of their paperback picture books come with a free digital audio reading and Nosy Crow is renowned for its innovative, multimedia app range. This year, Nosy Crow was named Independent Children’s Publisher of the Year 2016.

One of the UK's leading distributors of children's books, representing Random House, BabyLit, AMMO Kids & Charlesbridge Publishing.

Thames & Hudson
Thames & Hudson is an international publisher of illustrated books on the fine arts and visual culture as well as children’s books. Founded in 1949, Thames & Hudson has always prided itself on the very high standards of the books it produces, both in content and quality of production, attracting authors, artists, designers and illustrators who are distinguished in their own fields.

Tiny Owl
Tiny Owl is an independent publishing company committed to producing beautiful, original books for children. Established in 2015, theirenergy and passion stems from their belief that stories act as bridges – providing pathways to new experiences whilst connecting us to here and there. Their stories are visually rich and conceptually meaningful. They give children unique perspectives on universal themes such as love, friendship and freedom and a greater awareness of the diverse and colourful world we live in.


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