59th edition
21-24 March 2022
Bologna - Italy

Looking Forward BCBF2022

21 March: Bologna has chosen the first day of spring to welcome the world of children's and general publishing. An appropriate date for a new beginning!  

After two years of intense long-distance dialogue, exciting virtual encounters, research and planning, we are extremely happy to be meeting again in person.  

This year, Bologna Children's Book Fair welcomes an exciting major addition: the first in-person edition of BolognaBookPlus (BBPlus), the new initiative aimed at a broader professional audience across the global publishing industry, organised in partnership with the Italian Publishers Association (AIE). BBPlus will be co-located with BCBF. Exhibiting opportunities are available now, alongside a comprehensive agenda of events, networking and matchmaking elements, and a topical seminar programme. 

BCBF will present its impressive flagship initiatives – from awards to exhibitions, from meetings to special areas – with some exciting additions: the much-awaited Comics Corner, a fascinating focus on African publishing, a revamped Bologna Licensing Fair (BLTF/Kids) entirely dedicated to the kids’ world, relocated this year at the heart of BCBF, and Sharjah’s programme as 2022 Guest of Honour.  

The 2022 BCBF Visual Identity was created by the young Mexican artist Sólin Sekkur. It will form the creative backdrop in the coming months, as excitement builds for the publishing calendar’s biggest get-together of children’s content. 

Save the date and join us in Bologna: 21-24 March 2022

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