Bologna Children's Book Fair 2023

Books Prints Libraries
Mar 6, 2023 - Mar 9, 2023
Bologna Fiera, Bologna, Italy
Via della Fiera, 20
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The international children's publishing sector is preparing for the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2023 dates, 6 - 9 March. The upcoming edition will mark BCBF's 60th anniversary with a variety of special activities and initiatives. In 2023 Italy celebrates 100 years since the birth of Italo Calvino, and BCBF will commemorate the occasion by organising a new exhibition - Italian Excellence. The equally anticipated 16th edition of Bologna Licensing Trade Fair/Kids and 3rd edition of BolognaBookPlus will be held alongside BCBF in Bologna Fiera.

In 2023 Bologna Children's Book Fair will reveal global trends in illustration and will focus on content and strategies in children's publishing. As always, the professional audience of BCBF will be diverse - from well-established publishers to new, promising names on the international scene; from authors, translators and literary agents to illustrators, digital media professionals and teachers.

Bologna Children's Book Fair 2023 will present a few changes. The BCBF Agents Centre will introduce adult general trade publishing, thus broadening its scope and community of publisher rights professionals. The BolognaRagazzi Award will feature a new digital area and a 2023 special category - Photography. A new prize for Digital Libraries will be awarded at BolognaRagazzi CrossMedia.

With more professionals joining the 60th edition of the book fair in person, the demand for hotels near BCBF 2023 is rising, so it would be best to arrange your stay for the BCBF dates early on. We at ExpoBeds will help you plan your business trip to Bologna and will provide you with exclusive accommodation rates. Our selection of hotels for Bologna Children's Book Fair 2023 includes top properties in the most convenient locations for visiting the event - near Bologna Fiera, in the city centre, close to the airport . Book your rooms directly online or request your customised BCBF 2023 hotel offer 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. Bologna Children's Book Fair will soon celebrate 60 years of international success.

The 59th edition of BCBF brought 1070 exhibitors and 21,432 trade visitors to Bologna Fiera. With 250+ events at BCBF and 100+ 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.

Past editions

What is new for BCBF 2023

BolognaBookPlus, running together with Bologna Children's Book Fair from 6 to 9 March 2023, has announced its inaugural Market of Honour - Greece. The new initiative is launched in partnership with the Italian Publishers Association (IPA). The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture will also support the event and will take part in devising the accompanying activities. The celebration of Greece's culture, language and books will include features such as the Professional Matchmaking Programme, Author Programme and many more.

Quick info

Organiser:BolognaFiere S.p.a
Also called:BCBF 2023
Frequency:every year
Next Edition:Bologna Children's Book Fair 2024
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

  • 1070 BCBF exhibitors in 2021
  • over 90 represented countries
  • 21,432 visitors
  • close to 40% international visitors
  • over 300 journalists
  • collaboration between Bologna Children's Book Fair and events in New York and Shanghai

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