We held a very successful Book Swap at Wheatley Primary School on March 1st 2024.

The teachers were delighted with the ‘BUZZ’ about reading triggered by the event. OCBG is very willing to organize a Book Swap at other member schools on a Friday afternoon.


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OCBG is delighted to celebrate a great initiative by Oxford author and Indie Book fair maestra, Sylvia Vetta. Sylvia has brought together OCBG member, St Swithun’s School (Kennington), and the Mumias School in west Kenya to produce a wonderful book of stories called ‘Cosmic Cats’. This exciting project has been endorsed by Michael Rosen and has featured on local BBC news. Come along for a book launch and signing at Kennington Library on March 9th… or order your copy from a local bookshop.

All proceeds go to help The Nasio Trust build a library in Kenya. Grab the book or eBook from Amazon now.

You can read the Oxford Mail article here.

Cosmic Cats poster for March 9th 2024 event


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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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