SmåBUS 2023 International Children's Book Conference



Mark the following dates in your diaries! 3, 4& 5 July 2023. SmåBUS organizes for the second time round the International Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference in the heart of Småland.

On the theme of Courage & Vulnerability 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, MALIN KLINGENBERG, JAN DE KINDER, MARCUS-GUNNAR PETTERSSON 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 2023!

Are you...

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

...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?

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


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 2023 festival locations.