Bologna Children’s Book Fair is partnering IBBY Italia and Accademia Drosselmeier in the preparation of the 39th International IBBY-(International Board on Books for Young People) Congress, entitled “JOIN THE REVOLUTION! Giving Each Child Good Books”, to be held in Trieste from 30 August to 1 September 2024.
To mark the occasion, an international POSTER contest has been launched to promote the event’s major theme: reviving interest in the promotion of reading worldwide.
While the official Congress poster – designed by Italian artist Alessandro Sanna – has been in circulation for some time, as is the usual practice for IBBY’s biennial meetings, the winning poster of the Contest will further sustain public focus on next year’s meeting.
To raise awareness of the all-important issue of access to books and the need to include the wider Community in this endeavour, Bologna Children’s Book Fair – the annual event bringing to Bologna the full range of children’s publishing professionals, whose activities and partnerships continue throughout the year – has joined forces with the Italian section of IBBY and Accademia Drosselmeier to highlight the meeting’s key topic with a theme poster.
Who can take part?
- The contest is addressed to all players who work with authors and illustrators to promote quality books: book designers, graphic designers, visual artists, publishing houses, and, of course, illustrators wishing to take up the challenge of producing a poster as a means of communication.
The poster should help to:
- Raise awareness of the pressing need to put into practice IBBY’s founding principles, first among these the right of every child to become a reader. The emphasis should be on "Every child" wherever in the world, and on "good" books in a world where reading and good books are the privilege of only a few;
- Underline how achieving this goal will help close the gap between the haves and the have-nots. Books are a sure remedy for educational poverty.
The winning poster will be displayed in cities and towns, on school bulletin boards, as well as in public places like Post Offices, libraries, banks, public transport, etc., and is expected to have a far-reaching impact.