Saturday, February 09, 2019

Bologna Children's Book Fair




2019 BolognaRagazzi Award: the selection gets underway!
The much-awaited selection of books for the 2019 BolognaRagazzi Award is underway today: more than 1,500 illustrated books from all over the world will be examined by the expert international jury. For this year’s special category – the Toddler Book - the international jury will be supported by a committee of experts in early childhood development. Interactive publications will once again have their own category judged by experts making up the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award jury.




The ‘Children-Spectators’ Illustration Contest
The first edition of the ‘Children-Spectators’ illustration contest got off to a great start with 418 illustrators from some 45 countries submitting their work to a jury made up of experts from a range of fields: illustration, theatre and children’s literature. The works selected will be part of an exhibition in town at Teatro Testoni Ragazzi during the book fair. The competition is part of the four-year project "Mapping - A map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years" supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project involves 18 partners across Europe – including BCBF and La Baracca-Testoni Ragazzi – with the aim of creating an interaction between the performing arts and the world of illustration and literature for early childhood.

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International Conference of Children’s Bookstores
After the resounding success last year of the first European conference of independent children’s bookstore, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year looks at the booksellers of the world. Organized in partnership with ALIR-The Association of Independent Children’s Bookstores, the international meeting CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLERS ON STAGE, scheduled for 4 April, will see sector experts and representative of bookstores from all over the world exchange ideas, experience and best practices. On the evening before the conference there will be a networking cocktail in Bologna’s old town centre. Attendance is open to all but prior registration is required. The programme includes a wide range of topics and exchange opportunities.

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BCBF at the heart of the Taipei International Book Exhibition
BCBF will be a major feature at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (12-17 February) with a special exhibition of 230 illustrations by 30 Taiwanese artists selected over the last thirty years for the Illustrators Exhibition. Ample space will also be given to books from Taiwan coming to the Bologna fair with a bibliographic exhibition of 60 titles of artists selected over the years for the Illustrators Exhibition and an exhibition of the best Non-Fiction titles participating in the BolognaRagazzi Award which will be also presented by Grazia Gotti in the lecture “Reading and Learning”. Moreover, BCBF will be on stage at the International Publishing Forum together with the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the International Publishers Association.

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