On behalf of the Committee, may I wish you a very happy, healthy and book-graced new year!

We have received some amazing news and can look forward to an exciting year ahead. Thanks to Moira da Costa’s application for funding, Westmill Solar, a local energy cooperative, has awarded the OCBG £1000 to support our work with schools. We will focus on encouraging environmental initiatives and on bringing authors with environmentally aware stories into schools.

We will keep you posted but do get in touch if you would like to know more!

With best wishes,

Jackie Holderness (Chair) and Moira da Costa (Membership Secretary), Amy Poole (Treasurer), Erica Davis, Thea Hobbs, Mary Roberton, Liam Gearon, Katherine Jones and Nicholas Buxey.


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During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to continue with our usual round of school and family events, creative writing workshops and Book Swaps.

However, our committee are planning to offer short story reading clips and share their favourite books online, starting on or around World Book Day on March 4th 2021. There will be a new page on the website OCBG’s Favourite books


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The Oxford Children’s Book Group (OCBG) has been organising events for children and adults in Oxfordshire for over twenty years. We are a diverse group of local parents, teachers, librarians, students, authors, illustrators, publishers and bookworms of all ages who are all interested in children’s literature.

OCBG is part of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (registered charity No. 268289), which aims to promote a love of reading and of literature in children all over the country. The Federation was set up to promote enjoyment and interest in both children’s literature and reading itself, and to encourage the availability of a range of literature for all ages, from pre-school to teenagers.

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Locally, we have links with schools, playgroups, publishers, libraries, and other official bodies. We aim to provide a meeting point for parents, professionals, and everyone who shares our commitment to bringing books into the hands of children everywhere.

In Oxford we hold at the very least one child-centered public book event each term, along with plenty of private events at member schools all over the county. We also organise storytellings, library sessions, and other family-friendly events.


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Join Oxford Children’s Book Group

We always welcome new members – with or without children, and children’s literature lovers of any age. Fresh ideas and suggestions as to what activities we could do are always encouraged!

The Group aims to promote a love of books from a young age, and supports reading initiatives in the community, as well as getting books into the hands of those who might not otherwise have them.

Schools and other groups also benefit greatly from joining as all member schools have the chance to receive author or illustrator visits or other book events organised by us – often for no additional cost.

Just by joining the group you will help to provide exciting events for children all over Oxfordshire, but if you would like to get involved in the committee, we would love to welcome you. Pop along to any of the adult-centered events, or drop us an email.

Membership runs October-October each year, and now costs one flat rate of £15 per year for individuals, schools and groups and includes:

  • National FCBG newsletters
  • Oxford CBG newsletters
  • Free local author events
  • Member’s discount for local and national conferences
  • Author events in your school

Please contact us for more information, or download the membership form to join now and help to provide exciting events for children all over Oxfordshire.



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Have you had a look at our OCBG Facebook page? Please visit us there and hopefully you will feel inspired to press the LIKE button!
Thank you!


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