Bologna Children's Book Fair

Apr 12, 2021 - Apr 15, 2021 
Bologna Fiera, Bologna, Italy
Via della Fiera, 20

If you are looking to keep up with the latest trends in children’s publishing, Bologna Children's Book Fair 2021 is the place to be. Every year publishers, authors, illustrators, designers and agents gather at the Bologna Fiera to form partnerships and shape the future of the business.

With children remaining the largest reader group, BCBF is a must-attend for everyone in the industry. From marketing strategies, through illustration techniques and digital technologies, to the latest content trends, the programme of the fair includes meetings and discussions on all topics of interest. Supporting events that seek to drive the sector’s future include the Flagship Conferences, where renowned industry figures and insiders discuss major issues and the hottest topics. The “BCBF visual identity workshop”, which has been part of the fair for its past few editions, is an excellent opportunity for growth and professional advancement, with its selection of a newcomer artist to design the BCBF's visual identity for the following year.

After the cancellation of the 2020 event, BCBF 2021 is expected to attract even more guests, so accommodation in Bologna will be in very high demand. ExpoBeds advises you to book your trip in advance, while the best hotel offers for the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2021 dates are still available. Our travel agents will be glad to help you find a property near the Bologna Fiera suited to your needs and budget. Contact us today!

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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 2021 dates, 12 - 15 April, will bring close to 1500 exhibitors and 29,000 trade visitors to Bologna Fiera.
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 2021

BCBF 2021 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 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 - 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
Founded:1964
Frequency:every year
Next Edition:Bologna Children's Book Fair 2022
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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