SmåBUS 2023 International Children's Book Conference


During the 3rd-5th of July, 2023, 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 Courage and Vulnerability, 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 Marit Törnqvist, Jan de Kinder, Malin Klingenberg and Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson, to name just 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 at Näs for the summer.
We hope to see 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.