BookTrust Annual Lecture

Every year, BookTrust invites a noted figure from the world of children's books to share their thoughts on the industry at a special event.

An audience of publishers, authors, illustrators and other influencers is invited to enjoy the Lecture, which first took place in 2016.

Subjects covered so far include the importance of reading for pleasure, imagination and creativity, and the long-lasting impact of childhood experiences.

Stay tuned for details about the 2019 Annual Lecture.


2018: Floella Benjamin and 'Childhood Lasts a Lifetime'

Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE gives the 2018 BookTrust Annual Lecture, hosted by Samira Ahmed and attended by guests including Ed Vere, Philip Ardagh and Liz Pichon

Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE gave the 2018 BookTrust Annual Lecture at a special event at RIBA in London in October.

During the talk, the Baroness highlighted the importance of childhood experiences and called for a 'diversity nirvana', before sitting down with host Samira Ahmed for a Q&A session.

Guests at the Lecture included authors and illustrators such as Helen Oxenbury, Ed Vere, Philip Ardagh and Liz Pichon - while Baroness Benjamin delighted the crowd by inviting her former Play School co-star Humpty on stage.

'Denying children books dumps them into a cultural wasteland,' says Baroness Floella Benjamin

Annual Lecture archive

BookTrust Annual Lecture 2018: Floella Benjamin

Find out all about Floella Benjamin giving the BookTrust Annual Lecture 2018, which had the theme Childhood Lasts a Lifetime.

BookTrust Annual Lecture 2017: Lauren Child

Relive Lauren Child giving the BookTrust Annual Lecture in 2017, when she called for children to be given the space they need to daydream.

BookTrust Annual Lecture 2016: Michael Morpurgo

Find out what happened when Michael Morpurgo gave the first ever BookTrust Annual Lecture in 2016.

Waterstones Children's Laureate

Bestselling author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is the Children's Laureate for 2019-21: a role given every two years to celebrate outstanding achievement in children's literature.

All about the Laureate