FCBG Newsletter Spring 2022

Here is the latest newsletter from the Federation- enjoy reading it!


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OCBG & World Book Day 2022

Dear Children’s Book Lovers

Your OCBG committee hopes you enjoyed a story-fuelled World Book Day on March 3rd? No doubt, the day featured an excuse to nostalgically read an old favourite? Or, for those of you in school, to dress up as a book character?

OCBG celebrated WBD by launching our exciting new project for 2022. In partnership with the Westmill Solar Energy Cooperative, who have generously awarded us a grant to help support children’s awareness of environmental issues through reading and stories, we are inviting specific authors to visit our member schools.

On March 3rd, Linda Newbery shared her lovely story ‘Lob’ with the children of Bletchingdon school. Next week, she will visit Cumnor school and OHS Juniors. During 2022, we hope to organize ten school visits as well as family events. More details will follow….

In the meantime, if you want to sustain the glow of WBD, take a look at these resources from the British Library

Happy reading!

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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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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