SmåBUS 2021 International Children's Book Conference




Dear all,
Due to the consequences of the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel SmåBUS 2021. Because of the risks involved with COVID-19 and travel, and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our international speakers and participants it is impossible to hold our SmåBUS conference. 2021 will therefore be a year of regrouping, of finding new strength and developing wonderful new children’s literature events.
We hope to meet you then!


Mark the following dates in your diaries! 2, 3& 4 July 2021. SmåBUS organizes for the second time round the International Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference in the heart of Småland.
Because of Covid-19, we decided to move our international children's literature conference from 3-5 July 2020 to 2-4 July 2021.  

On the theme of Inspiration & Responsibility SmåBUS offers writers and illustrators a platform for the exchange of inspiration and experience among peers active in the field of children's and YA (young adult) literature.


The festival creates and prepares a space in which published writers and illustrators can freely associate; during and in between talks and workshops. With a delightful mix of young (and slightly less young) book nerds from different countries and backgrounds; the festival facilitates a 1001 spontaneous connections. It is the ideal place in which many new ideas (and ultimately books) are and have been conceived.  All with the appreciation and respect for high quality children's and YA literature and with respect for our differences and individuality.


Be part of an inspiring cultural movement working in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren!


We've got a programme most people can only dream of, with A-list speakers like:

MARIT TÖRNQVIST, BART MOEYAERT, JAN DE KINDER, GRO DAHLE, and FATINHA RAMOS and so many more amazing children's and YA writers and illustrators!


And, last but not least, illustrators have a chance to work on an international exhibition during the festival.


We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Are you...

...a published writer or illustrator of children's or YA literature?

Don't miss the opportunity to discover the complete festival programme and register here!


Are you... 

...completely enamoured with children's and/or YA literature? Do you want to discover new genres, styles OR know more about the practical applications of children's and YA literature? 

Visit any of our captivating lectures by our speakers on the SmåBUS festival!

Festival locations

  • Sörängen Folkhögskola in Nässjö: lectures, workshops, participants’ hotel
  • Astrid Lindgrens Näs in Vimmerby: workshop/lecture, exhibition, visit museum
  • Bullerbyn in Sevedstorp: fika
  • Nässjö Library: workshops for children and young people

    Click here for a map with the different SmåBUS 2020 festival locations.