12 - 15 April 2021
Bologna
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BCBF 2020 EDITION HAS BEEN CANCELLED

The exhibition will be held from 12 to 15 April 2021

Official updates

To all our dear Exhibitors, Visitors, Partners and Friends,
It is with great sadness that we announce our decision to cancel the 57th Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Unfortunately, the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic both in Italy and internationally has dashed our hopes of holding the fair even on the recently announced rescheduled dates of 4-7 May. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to wait no further and act now to enable you all to rethink your plans.
Bologna will nonetheless be present. We are working to recreate online the atmosphere and the business and networking opportunities that are so much part of our book fair. Details will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
We want to thank you all for the heart-warming support you have shown us over these difficult weeks in a show of friendship that makes us at BCBF, and the whole city of Bologna, proud.
We look forward to meeting you online in a few weeks – and in Bologna from 12 to 15 April 2021.
Very best regards,
The BCBF Team

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Since 1966 , the BolognaRagazzi Award has been  among the world’s most highly regarded international prizes  in the sector of children’s publishing.  Aimed at selecting the   finest illustrated children’s books , the award honours the best productions in terms of their graphic and editorial qualities, becoming a leading international launch pad for authors and ...
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In Altre Parole -  Translation Competition from Arabic  to mark the presence of Sharjah as Guest of Honour Country at the 2020 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Participation is for Italian mother tongue translators only, who are under age of 35 and unpublished (or one publication maximum). Click here for more information  
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Since 2012, the Children’s Book Fair has presented the  BolognaRagazzi Digital Award  to the most innovative  media app and web work for children . This prize, organized in partnership with the  Children’s Technology Review  (USA), is a spotlight on all the latest trends and developments in children's digital content. Interactive publishing and Augmented Reality ...
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Established in 2013, on the occasion of the 50 th anniversary of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the  BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year is an extraordinary occasion to highlight publishers at the forefront of innovation in their activity for the creative nature of the editorial choices they have made during the previous year. The prize, ...
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ARS IN FABULA  -  higher education institute directly involved with children’s books - has joined forces with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair to create the  ARS IN FABULA  Grant Award  for a postgraduate illustration course.   The grant aims not only to sustain and train new talent through a postgraduate illustration course , it also meets the needs ...
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Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Fundación SM, whose intention is to promote children’s books and reading, have launched in 2009 the  International   Award for Illustration Bologna Children’s Book Fair - Fundación SM ,  designed to discover, encourage and support new talents in illustration. Reserved for a rtists under 35 that have already ...
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Created in 2016, the Strega Prize Ragazze e Ragazzi originates from Italy’s most coveted award for literature – the Strega Prize. Launched to foster a long-life passion for books, the award aims to promote the educational and cultural value of reading and find out which titles young readers love the most. Books published in Italy by Italian and foreign authors in translation are judged ...
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A part of its ongoing commitment to promoting publishing excellence, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is now focusing on the world of research by establishing  a permanent award dedicated to the best dissertations in children’s literature .   The prize,  currently awarded for postgraduate works in Italian University only , pays tribute to the literary critic Carla ...
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