SmåBUS 2025 International Children's Book Conference


During the 2nd-4th of July, 2025, SmåBUS will be hosting yet another International Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference in the heart of Småland, Sweden. This year's theme will be STORIES, THEIR CREATORS & THE MAGIC IN BETWEEN, yet SmåBUS' guiding focus remains on the production of and appreciation for high quality literature along with respect for our differences and individuality. 

SmåBUS is renowned for creating opportunities for collaboration, inspiration, and bringing together authors, illustrators, and book nerds young and old from various countries and backgrounds. It is the ideal space in which many new ideas and ultimately books are and have been conceived.
Be part of an inspiring cultural movement working in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren.
We've gone out of our way to procure a dreamlist of published authors and illustrators from all over Europe to lead this year's workshops and lectures. This includes Stina Wirsén, Kristof Devos, Anna Woltz, Emma Virke and Anete Melece to name a few.
While our main events will be held at the charming Sörangen campus in Nässjö, we'll also be visiting Astrid Lindgren's childhood home and museum, Näs. 
Additionally, illustrators have the opportunity to participate in an international exhibition (Mio all over the world) at Näs for the summer.
Writers can take part in our Microfiction Writing Challenge. (Thank you, Maike Stein, for the brilliant idea!)
We hope to see you in 2025!


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

    Click here for a map with the different SmåBUS 2023 festival locations.