Since 1964 the Bologna Children's Book Fair is the most important international get-together for professionals involved in children's publishing.
With a distinguished focus on copyright exchange, each year publishers, literary agents, authors, illustrators, editors, translators, librarians, booksellers meet in Bologna to enjoy the best in children's books and digital products, thus making the Bologna Fair the hub of the cultural debate.
Learn the whole children's book market in an original cross-cultural atmosphere and truly international venue!
A prestigious gallery
The Illustrators Exhibition offers a broad picture of the most innovative trends in children’s illustration at a world level.
Created by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, since 1967 it has offered artists from all over the world a unique opportunity to display their talent to key players in the sector who come to Bologna every year for the most important trade show for the exchange of copyrights for children’s literature.
Established artists and emerging talents are selected by an authoritative international jury consisting of publishers, artists and museum directors.
Visibility of the selected works
Fiction and non-fiction exhibited works are published in the Annual, a convenient reference tool that publishers use year-round. They will also be part of the traveling shows organized by JBBY (Japan Board on Books for Young People) in several Japanese museums and other venues currently under study.
The Illustrators Café: a lively meeting place at the very heart of the Children’s Book Fair where people get together to discuss the sector’s novelties, meet publishers, writers and favourite artists, or to introduce themselves to professionals looking for new talent. Among the many scheduled events, one cannot miss attending the meeting with the Jury to learn and discuss the reasons behind their selections.
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*Source: Bologna's Children's Book Fair Website