Bologna Children’s Book Fair


28 March through 31 March 2011, 48th edition

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The Countdown for the 2011 Children’s Book Fair has Begun (pdf)

Link to Program

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In Bologna authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, and librarians meet to sell and buy copyright, find the very best of children’s publishing and multimedia production, generate and gather new contacts while strengthening professional relationships, discover new business opportunities, discuss and debate the latest sector trends.

About 1300 exhibitors coming from 67 countries and 4763 international professional trade representatives in 2010. In its 48th edition, the Fair offers more than 20.000 square meters (about 215.000 square feet) of exhibition space with a simple and easy-to-understand layout.

Each year the Bologna Children’s Book Fair proposes to all exhibitors and visitors alike special initiatives that offer excellent opportunities to increase contacts and hone ones’ skills in various sectors of the children’s copyright market. In particular:
Literary Agents Centre > place of honor for the exchange of copyrights
Illustrators Exhibition > the largest and most prestigious international display of the most innovative trends in children’s illustration.

The 2011 Guest of Honour of the Illustrators Exhibition will be Lithuania, presenting a selected exhibition of its best illustrators.

Falling back on the worldwide promotion

The Children’s Book Fair hosts, in Bologna, journalists selected from among the most important news outlets in the world. Each year, more than 600 journalists representing 70 countries from all over the world report on the event.
Information regarding the Children’s Book Fair and its initiatives, pre-registration notwithstanding, are sent worldwide at the right moment to an extensive list of qualified exhibitors that are carefully selected and continually updated.
Each year, the Fair plays host to a number of exhibitors coming from countries of major interest for the development of new markets.

A rich programme of events

A full programme of events is in store for attendees: meetings, debates and lectures, an awards ceremony, the inauguration of the illustrators’ exhibit, as well as interesting engagements in the Fair district and downtown are all on the agenda. These events will enliven the period of the convention with the rare opportunity to deepen your knowledge of all things related to children’s copyright content and enrich your personal and professional relationships.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s leading children’s publishing and multimedia products event. 2011 will be its 48th edition.
Every year in the spring, publishers, authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, librarians and serice companies connected to publishing meet in Bologna to:

  • sell and buy copyrights
  • establish new contacts and strengthen their professional relationships
  • develop new business opportunities
  • learn about the latest trends and developments
  • enjoy the best in children’s educational materials

Visitors

Admission to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is strictly reserved for the trade.
Strictly NO children or under 18’s (no nursery service provided).

Why visit the Bologna Children’s Book Fair?

Meet the prestigious international community of children’s publishers
Children’s book publishers from all over the world have been meeting every spring in Bologna for 47 years. Visiting the Fair means getting in touch with the prestigious international community of the industry professionals.
It represents a unique opportunity to learn about the most diverse aspects of a qualified market, which Bologna articulates in its true global dimension.
Discover innovations in one overall glance
Novelties, trends, innovative proposals, and original cross-cultural creations will be presented in Bologna in a wide context, which anchors a great tradition, emerging realities, and personalities who just entered the copyright market of children’s and young adults’ cultural contents.
Trading copyrights in specialized, brilliant professional contexts
The publishers of the “educational” sector, literary agents, TV and Film producers, developers of licensing and new business projects, illustrators, and translators do have reserved spaces specially geared to facilitate specific contacts multiplying business opportunities and optimizing the time spent at the Fair.

Illustrators

Visiting the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. A unique business opportunity

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is an exhibition that is strictly for professionals and closed to the general public. However, among the many categories of exhibitors admitted, illustrators are certainly welcome!

Why visit the Bologna Children’s Book Fair?

Meet the prestigious international community of children’s publishers

For 48 years, children’s book publishers from all over the world have been meeting every spring in Bologna. Visiting the Fair means making contact with the prestigious international community of industry professionals.
It presents a unique opportunity to learn about the most diverse aspects of a market on a truly global scale of which Bologna is an important reflection. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to introduce yourself to publishers and really sell them on your creativity!

Discover innovations in one overall glance

Novelties, trends, innovative proposals, and original cross-cultural creations will be presented in Bologna in a wide context, which anchors a great tradition, emerging realities, and personalities who just entered the copyright market of children’s and young adults’ cultural contents.

Visit the Illustrators Exhibition, the display window of the most prestigious children’s book illustrations in which established artists and new talent alike can be found side by side. At the Illustrators Café meet the most important artists and critics from the realm of international children’s literature.