Oxford Children’s Book Group

Annual General Meeting 2020

Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 7:00pm: Please Please join us on ZOOM on this date so we can get together online. All members welcome! We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore as our guest speaker on a second Zoom link, starting at 7:45 pm. Charlotte will read from her books and answer questions about her journey as an author. We will share the links with you beforehand.

Attention all school book group members: Charlotte is also willing to share her work with schools via Zoom. Please contact us for details.


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2020 Children’s Book Award winners to be announced on 10th October

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

The votes have all been counted and the winners will be announced in an online ceremony at 2pm on Saturday 10th October. The live stream link will be posted on the Federation of Children’s Book Groups website prior to the ceremony.

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Join hosts Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve to discover who has won the CBA awards for 2020. Sarah and Philip will also read you a brand new story – written especially for the Book Awards! – and Sarah will be sharing a drawing masterclass.


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Dear OCBG Members,

Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have had to cancel all our activities for the time being, including our Cartoon workshop on May 16th.

The Children’s Book Award testing books have arrived and can be accessed online but there will be no award ceremony.

The shortlisted books for 2020 are:

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Books for Younger Children
Jazz Dog, written and illustrated by Marie Voigt, published by OUP
Matisse’s Magical Trail, written by Tim Hopgood and illustrated by Sam Boughton, published by OUP
The Runaway Pea, written by Kjartan Poskitt and illustrated by Alex Willmore, published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

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Books for Younger Readers
Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip, written by Matt Brown and illustrated by Paco Sordo, published by Usborne
Owen and The Soldier, written by Lisa Thompson, published by Barrington Stoke
The Maker of Monsters, written by Lorraine Gregory, published by OUP

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Books for Confident Readers
Wildspark, written by Vashti Hardy, published by Scholastic
A Pocketful of Stars, written by Aisha Busby, published by Egmont
D-Day Dog, written by Tom Palmer, published by Barrington Stoke

We still have a Book Swap booked for June 5th at Cumnor School, but it is also looking unlikely to go ahead. If you joined us for 2020, please be assured that we will roll over your membership subs to cover 2021. Indeed, we hope to roll everything on by a whole year, in the hope that 2021 will be safer and better for us all!

The next FCBG Conference will be in 2021 as well. See the FCBG website for next month’s National Share a Story Month (NSSM) ideas.

In the meantime, may we offer you some more useful websites, guaranteed to help you enjoy the intervening time, in the company of good books and wonderful stories!

  • The British Library has an online exhibition and learning site.
  • Toppsta gives away books for free, in return for reviews. This site, the brainchild of OCBG member, Georgina, provides very useful book recommendations by age and has a large online community of readers and reviewers!
  • Colours of Us focuses specifically on multicultural picture books for all ages.
  • IBBY provides an international perspective on children’s books.

So, happy browsing and enjoy this chance to catch up on reading and writing stories, poems, non-fiction books, even blogs!

With best wishes,

Jackie Holderness, on behalf of the OCBG Committee.


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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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Thank you!


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