Bologna Children's Book Fair 2022

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Mar 21, 2022 - Mar 24, 2022
Bologna Fiera, Bologna, Italy
Via della Fiera, 20
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Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the premier annual meeting for the international children’s literature publishing and content industry. After two online editions hosted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCBF 2022 will return to an in-person format in its 59th year. As usual, Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2022 will be hosted at Bologna Fiere with the dates for the event being set as 21 – 24 March 2022.

BCBF attracts with its versatility and the impetus for knowledge and novelty it creates. Over 1,500 exhibitors contribute to the outstanding variety of content and diverse cultural atmosphere at the fair. A recent addition is the Comics and Graphic Novels area, reflecting the interest in this fastest growing publishing sector. Participants in the show can meet with over 30,000 international publishers, authors and illustrators, booksellers, librarians and other professionals involved in the book, multimedia and licensing business for children’s content. From meetings with renowned veterans and creative newcomers on the publishing scene to an overview of marketing strategies and content trends, attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair offers unlimited business opportunities.

With hundreds of events, the supporting programme at BCBF further drives business opportunity and the sector’s future. Various activities are associated with the Guest of Honour at the fair, which in 2022 is Sharjah. The Flagship Conferences will offer a deep dive into crucial issues, while the BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year and the BolognaRagazzi Award will distinguish the highest achievements in the industry.

With over 3,000 visitors expected at BCBF 2022, hotels near Bologna Fiera will be in high demand. For the best availability and most affordable rates, book early with ExpoBeds. We can create a unique Bologna Children’s book fair hotel offer, tailored to your preferences. Contact us today!


The children's publishing industry is in bloom. As the largest exhibition of its kind, the globally renowned BCBF in Italy reflects the progress made so far, as well as the challenges and possibilities of tomorrow. After two years of virtual meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2022 appointment has been set as 21 - 24 March at Bologna Fiera.

Each edition of BCBF brings close to 1500 exhibitors and 29,000 trade visitors to Bologna Fiera. With 250+ events at BCBF and 100+ related events in Bologna, participants have a variety of options to connect and exchange ideas. Products and services from 80 countries were presented during the 56th edition of the prestigious book fair, including more than 1000 original illustrations.

Who can you meet there

Bologna Children's Book Fair encourages international dialogue and collaboration, and provides an excellent atmosphere for meetings. Publishers and illustrators from around the world put the fair on their agenda every year and attend, among other events, BCBF's Illustrators’ Exhibition, the popularIllustration for Children. The Best of Italy and most recently,The Children-Spectators competition.

The book fair attracts authors and literary agents, critics, editorial directors and consultants, licensors, distributors, app developers and audiobook professionals. Independent booksellers, packagers, printers, teachers and librarians also find networking opportunities at Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Past editions

What is new for Bologna Children's Book Fair 2022

BCBF 2022 will feature an exciting new area which will be focused on cartoons, comics and graphic novels for children. This medium is set for a strong year, with the new Comics Corner at the expo and the BolognaRagazzi Award adding a permanent Comics category to its list. During Bologna Children's Book Fair 2021 the category will recognise works in these three sections: Early Reader, Middle Grade and Young Adult.

The organisers also revealed the Guest of Honour for the upcoming Bologna Children's Book Fair 2022 - Sharjah. Regarded as UAE's cultural capital, Sharjah will bring to Bologna well established illustrators and authors. Its participation will be accompanied by special events both in Bologna Fiera and in the city. The programme will feature workshops, matchmaking sessions between Emirati and Italian artists and publishers, plus seminars centred around the production of illustrated books.

Quick info

Organiser:BolognaFiere S.p.a
Frequency:every year
Next Edition:Bologna Children's Book Fair 2023 
Sectors: Books | Prints | Libraries
Website:Bologna Children's Book Fair
Visitors:Tickets for Bologna Children's Book Fair
Exhibitors:Exhibitor registration
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Important facts

  • 1442 BCBF exhibitors in 2019
  • over 80 represented countries
  • 28,946 visitors
  • close to 50% international visitors
  • over 820 journalists
  • collaboration between Bologna Children's Book Fair and events in Moscow, New York and Shanghai
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Bologna Fiera

Via della Fiera, 20, Bologna, Italy
Coordinates: 44.51137 , 11.36356

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