58th edition
12-15 April 2021

BCBF in Shanghai

BCBF in Shanghai

CCBF 2020: 13-15 November, Shanghai

BolognaFiere/ Bologna Children's Book Fair has opened in 2018 a new important chapter of its international activities becoming co-organizer of the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair  (CCBF), the only book fair in Asia Pacific fully dedicated to books and other contents for children. CCBF is the only event that can be assimilated to the Bologna Children's Book Fair in being focused exclusively on children's publishing and with a predominantly professional format.

After seven successful editions, CCBF has become a premium event for the global children’s publishing industry: it hosts one of the leading copyright exchange hubs for children’s books and content, contributing to the meeting and exchange between China, with its great heritage of literature and illustration, with the rest of the world.

CCBF is also a great opportunity to engage in the booming Chinese children's book market. China boasts one of the fastest growing book markets in the world. The country already publishes the largest number of children’s books, releasing over 40,000 new titles every year, and targeting 367 million children and young adults.

CCBF'S Numbers - Great success for the 2019 Edition

The 7th edition of CCBF took place on 15 – 17 November 2019 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre. CCBF 2019 unfolded over a record space of 25,000 square metres. It brought together 418 exhibitors from 32 countries and territories, including 186 overseas exhibitors, and 102 guests of which 57 were international. Over three days, 40,978 people visited the fair, including 16,145 professionals from 50 countries.

The Bologna Flair in Shanghai

CCBF is not just a marketplace for the rights exchange but also an unmissable occasion for the international children’s publishing community to gather together in order to share, debate and discuss new ideas and future perspectives, as it traditionally happens in Bologna.

As well as the large exhibition area, CCBF offers a packed line-up of events, 345 in 2019, and a wide range of activities aimed at enhancing the cultural backdrop of the fair: the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition and Exhibition, the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award, one longest running literary prizes in China, the Authors Festival, which brings together renowned authors from China and overseas, the exclusive Shanghai Visiting International Publishers Programme (SHVIP)., and a compelling line-up of International Conferences.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair adds its experience and client hub to this amazing event, sharing ideas, providing its consolidated network of relationships and enlarging the cultural programme with meetings, exhibitions and awards while combining copyright and cultural exchange with professional updating.

CCBF SHANGHAI 2020: 13-15 November

In the first half of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic dragged the world into an unprecedented crisis that has affected all aspects of our lives. It is severely hitting the children's book publishing industry and children's content trade, causing major book fairs, award ceremonies and literary events around the world to be cancelled.  

The eighth edition of ChinaShanghaiInternationalChildren’sBookFair(CCBF)willtakeplaceasscheduleon13–15November at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre (SWEECC). 

CCBF is working hard to welcome the international children’s book community to its usual business environment. In addition to our traditional fair and its multifaceted program of exhibitions and events, we are innovating to adapt to the current challenges and are happy to announce theCCBF“BOOKSHOWCASE”:a brand new initiative to combine the possibility to be "physically" in Shanghai by exhibiting some titles in a nice set up corner, and benefit of some services from remote to increase visibility and connect with other exhibitors and visitors

BCBF initiatives 2020 in Shanghai: 

  • Book Showcase: located at the Copyright Zone, the Book Showcase will host more than 40 corners, and hundreds of books from more than 20 countries
  • Illustrators Survival Corner: reference space for illustrators at BCBF, the Corner is regularly hosted at CCBF with its extensive programme of masterclasses, special events and workshops. In 2019, around 1.800 illustrators attended its activities, while all day long queues for the portfolio review sessions, run by editors and famous artists, confirmed the success of the Corner.
  • A wide programme of conferences and workshops on the hot topics for the industry.
  • Illustrators for Gianni Rodari. Italian Excellence: in the year that marks exactly one hundred years since the birth of Gianni Rodari - one of the most innovative and influential children’s writers of the twentieth century and Italy’s first author to win the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award – a show with the works by 21 illustrators who are recognised as mainstays of Italian design and illustration. 

INFO: Mariaelena Schiavo,  ccbf@bolognafiere.it tel. +39 051 282298

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