Bologna Children's Book Fair

Mar 30, 2020 - Apr 2, 2020 
Bologna Fiera, Bologna, Italy
Via della Fiera, 20

The 57th Bologna Children's Book Fair (or BCBF) is the event that the entire children's publishing world awaits. Scheduled on 30 March - 2 April, BCBF 2020 will occupy halls 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 and 32 at Bologna Fiera. Each edition of the international book fair outlines the developments and opportunities in children's publishing, while enabling participants to form business connections, gain inspiration or present their work. The next Bologna Children's Book Fair looks just as promising, with the latest trends in illustration, interactive content and strategies being just a few of the highlights. Illustrators, translators, digital media professionals and literary agents will have dedicated areas at the fair.

The Bologna Children's Book Fair 2020 dates will be quite busy - over 600 special events within the frame of the fair will be held in Bologna Fiera and other locations in the city. More than 29,000 BCBF participants will travel to the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region for the occasion. Naturally, hotels near Bologna Children's Book Fair 2020 are in high demand. Arrange your business trip today and choose from the most attractive BCBF 2020 hotel deals. We at ExpoBeds have negotiated discounted room rates during the book fair in order to provide you with a budget-friendly accommodation service.

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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. The Bologna Children's Book Fair 2020 dates, 30 March - 2 April, will bring to Bologna Fiera close to 1500 exhibitors and 29,000 trade visitors.
The 56th edition ended on a high note. It received 5% more visitors compared to its predecessor, and 20% more international participants. With 263 events at BCBF and 113 related events in Bologna, the participants had a variety of settings to connect and exchange ideas. Products and services from 80 countries were presented during the prestigious book fair, including more than 1000 original illustrations.

who can you meet at the event

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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what's new in this event edition

What is new for Bologna Children's Book Fair 2020

BCBF 2020 will feature an exiting 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 2020 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 - 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 be disclosed during Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2019, set to take place at Expo Center Sharjah on 30 October - 9 November.

quick info

Organiser:BolognaFiere S.p.a
Frequency:every year
Next Edition:Bologna Children's Book Fair 2021
Sectors: Books / Prints / Libraries
Website:Bologna Children's Book Fair 

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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