A 2024 BCBF Preview

Immerse yourself in children’s content

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) – the world’s leading event in the children’s publishing industry –  celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2023! These have been sixty years of growth and development that have seen many new projects abroad and the launch of new initiatives at the fair itself.   

Supported by the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, BCBF is proud to welcome Slovenia as Guest of Honour country 2024. The programme will offer a unique and comprehensive opportunity to discover the creative and rich tradition of the Slovenian children’s publishing.

BCBF 2024 will again include its important brand extension partners: BolognaBookPlus (BBPlus), dedicated to general adult publishing and Bologna Licensing Trade Fair/Kids (BLTF/Kids) focused on brand and property subsidiary rights.

The Bologna Rights Centre is open to both children’s and adult agents in addition to exhibiting companies’ rights professionals. The overall offer, including layout, will be upgraded for 2024. BLTF’s Business Lounge will also now include audiovisual rights trading.  

The Comics Corner 2024 will be bigger, with comics’ publishers from across the globe, and a further in-depth look at African publishing with the third edition of the Spotlight on Africa.  

In addition to all this, the fair will present a rich programme of initiatives – from awards to exhibitions, and from meetings to special areas devoted to the many different aspects of the publishing industry. 

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2024 Special Event

THE ORIGINAL ART - Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration

BCBF is proud to welcome this special exhibition which honours 43 years of extraordinary illustration featuring 49 beautiful pieces from the Society of Illustration’s 2023 show in New York, together with the children’s books they represent.

The Original Art is an annual exhibit created to showcase illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the United States. For illustrators, it’s a unique opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for the art they create. For editors and art directors, it’s a treasure trove of talent to discover and draw upon. Founded by painter, art director, and artists’ representative Dilys Evans, The Original Art was first exhibited in 1980 at the Master Eagle Gallery in New York City. On display was the work of a wide variety of artists, some well-known and well-loved, some newcomers to the field. Then in 1990, the show found a permanent home at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

Books are selected for the show by a jury of outstanding children’s book illustrators, art directors, and editors.