Bologna Children's Book Fair 2024

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Apr 8, 2024 - Apr 11, 2024
Bologna Fiera, Bologna, Italy
Via della Fiera, 20
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The upcoming Bologna Children's Book Fair 2024 dates, 8 - 11 April, will once again bring together the global children's book professional community to Bologna Fiera. Together with the equally anticipated BolognaBookPlus (BBPlus) and Bologna Licensing Trade Fair/Kids (BLTF/K), BCBF will provide a one-stop trade platform for children's literature publishing rights and copyrights.

BCBF's last edition celebrated six decades of connecting Italian and international children's authors, illustrators and graphic designers, translators, literary agents, publishers and booksellers. The attendance statistics show that the event went back to its pre-Covid turnout. This is why it is expected that Bologna Children's Book Fair 2024 will welcome close to 1500 exhibitors and 29,000 professional visitors from 90 countries.

BCBF 2024 will highlight the novelties in the world of children's publishing. New exhibitions and initiatives will be presented. Over 300 events will take place within the frame of Bologna Children's Book Fair and the exhibitors will host additional events on the fairgrounds and in other locations in Bologna. As the Country Guest of Honour for 2024, Slovenia will be under the spotlight.

Because of the immense global popularity of BCBF, hotels near Bologna Fiera and in the most attractive areas of the city are in high demand. We encourage you to plan your business trip to Bologna ahead of time in order to get access to the best accommodation deals, while they're still available. Contact ExpoBeds today to find excellent room rates and a wide variety of hotels for the BCBF 2024 dates. Reserve your rooms through our online booking tool or send us a request and we will create a list of Bologna Children's Book Fair 2024 hotel offers according to your needs and budget.


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. Bologna Children's Book Fair recently celebrated 60 years of international success.

The 60th edition of BCBF brought 1456 exhibitors and 28,894 trade visitors to Bologna Fiera. With 320+ events at BCBF and 260+ related events in Bologna, participants had a variety of options to connect and exchange ideas. Products and services from 90 countries were presented during 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.

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Organiser:BolognaFiere S.p.a
Also called:BCBF 2024
Frequency:every year
Next Edition:Bologna Children's Book Fair 2025 
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

  • 1456 BCBF exhibitors in 2023
  • over 90 represented countries
  • 28,894 visitors
  • 325 live events
  • close to 40% international visitors
  • over 750 journalists
  • collaboration between Bologna Children's Book Fair and events in New York and Shanghai

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Bologna Children's Book Fair 2025

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Bologna Fiera

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