Bologna Children's Book Fair (BCBF) is the world’s leading event about the children's publishing industry. Sounds boring? It's not at all.
What is Bologna Children's Book Fair
BCBF is a yearly event about children’s stories, illustrations, and animation that takes place at BolognaFiere (Bologna's trading center).
Publishers, illustrators, graphic designers, literary agents, authors, translators and more meet in Bologna to show their works and find business opportunities across six halls.
The Story of Bologna Children's Book Fair
In the first edition in 1967 there were only 44 exhibitors around the Neptune Fountain.
A few years later BCBF moved into the new pavilions of BolognaFiere.
Year after year the fair developed new themes, enlarged its area and established new prizes dedicated to emerging illustrators.
Nowadays Bologna Children’s Book Fair breaks the boundaries of the fair and invades the whole city of Bologna.
In Sala Borsa Library and in other children's libraries you can find exhibitions and events dedicated to people of all ages.
Why Visit BCBF
You don't need to have kids to enjoy BCBF.
BCBF walks in a limbo between a cultural book show and an international business forum.
If you are not in the business it's even better: you can spend hours browsing books of hidden publishers, cherishing exotic illustrations or just wandering around the halls.
If you're looking for activities for kids in Bologna, this book fair is not the place: entrance is not allowed for children under 18.
The ticket price is a bit high for people not in the business.
BCBF 2020 takes place from Monday, May 4th to May 7th, 2020.
Opening hours 9 am – 6:30 pm
BolognaFiere, halls: 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32
Entrance: Piazza della Costituzione
Due to the Covid-19 emergency, Bologna Children Book Fair won't take place in 2020.