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Bologna Children's Book Fair

( 6 March 2023 - 9 March 2023 )
Venue: Bologna Fiera
Location: Italy , Bologna
Organizer: Bologna Fiere

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Fiere Bologna is preparing for a physical edition of the Bologna Children's Book Fair in 2023. You can start planning your visit for March 6th–March 9th, 2023. Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023 will be held amidst COVID-19 prevention measures, such as the highest standards for hygiene. Attendants of the fair will be advised to practise regular hand hygiene and maintain a safe distance of 2 metres. Participants should also note that due to Italy's travel restrictions, they will have to present 3G entry documents upon arrival in the country.

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Bologna Children's Book Fair is where you come to learn about the latest publishing trends in children’s literature, both at home and around the world. The book fair is a world-class event with big clout and excellent opportunities to sell rights and break into new publishing markets. The fair is scheduled every single year during springtime to kick off the year on a powerful start. Based in Bologna, Italy, each edition runs for a total of four days at Bologna Fiere. Children’s literature goes hand in hand with illustration, which is why a great part of Bologna Children's Book Fair is devoted to illustrators. Authors make appearances to connect with industry professionals and also launch new titles alongside their publishers. 

Business Profile 

There are multiple opportunities to consider in making money at Bologna Children's Book Fair. Yes, there are rights and illustrations to sell, but also licensing and multi-media as well. The fair attracts a large crowd coming from every corner of the publishing industry such as literary agents, translators, licensors and licensees, illustrators, mobile developers, graphic designers, printers, distributors, audiobook professionals, teachers and librarians. So who are the publishers and other exhibitors at the book fair? Alice Jeunesse, PICUS, Ballon Media, Ediciones Liebre, Somebooks and Panamericana Editorial are only some of the names involved. Of course, you have a good number of European exhibitors and visitors from Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria, France and Croatia, but also presence from South Korea, Chile, the Ivory Coast, India and New Zealand. 

Did You Know? 

The Bologna Children's Book Fair is where 32 awards are handed out each year, which makes the book fair a lively and competitive space for publisher. Perhaps most important and coveted of all awards is the Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year. Another thing to note here is that the book fair does a lot to facilitate business and connect professionals together. Some of these efforts and ventures can be seen in special features such as BolognaBookPlus. It is aimed at the wider publishing industry including a copyright training course and a translation workshop. Visitors can also benefit from an all-digital platform called Open Up – The BCBF Skill Box, which aims to connect and educate professionals from all corners of the world. 

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Make your hotel booking for Bologna Children's Book Fair ahead of time and find your perfect hotel in Bologna through Travel 2 Fairs ltd. Our database has hostels, hotels and apartments all over the city at difference price points. Travel 2 Fairs ltd delivers hotels close to the Bologna Fiere that match your needs, cut down your commute and minimizes expenses. We position you close to public transport service and tell you the best routes to use, so you enjoy a short commute. You don’t need to go somewhere else to book a rent-a-car, because we have reasonably priced options waiting for you. Another service in our portfolio is airport transfers. Clients rely on us for transfers upon arrival and departure.

Past Editions


The 2022 edition of BCBF took place as an in-person event at the Bologna Fiere. The hosting dates were set between 21.03.2022 and 24.03.2022. The venue featured the latest Covid-19 safety measures, including attendees needing to show before entry documents such as proof of recovery. The edition received 1,070 exhibitors from 90 countries, 21,432 visitors and over 300 journalists also attended the edition which marked the successful restart of the event. 

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