21 March: Bologna has chosen the first day of spring to welcome the world of children's and general publishing. After two years of exciting virtual encounters, we are extremely happy to be meeting again in person. Save the date and join us in Bologna: 21-24 March 2022!  

BCBF 2022 welcomes an exciting major addition: the first in-person edition of BolognaBookPlus (BBPlus), the new initiative reaching a wider professional audience across the global publishing industry. 

Ahead of the 2022 edition, the unique, entirely digital, version of the Illustrators Wall will start gathering force as early as the end of February.

The BCBF Event Network

This exciting new initiative was launched in 2021 to run in parallel to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, reaching a wider professional general trade audience across the global publishing industry.
The second edition in March 2022 will be a very welcome physical event, co-located with Bologna Children’s Book Fair.


2022 will see BLTF/Kids become an integral part of BCBF. Bringing together key players in the entertainment and international licensing world, BLTF will host 600 brands, a Licensing Retail Lounge, its Fashion Product Showcase and an area dedicated to licensees in search of new business.
Two particularly popular events are also returning: the second edition of the International Kids Licensing Day and the Bologna Licensing Award.


Initially scheduled for November 2021, the 9th edition of the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) has been postponed to 20-22 March 2022.
Uniquely this year, BCBF and CCBF will take place at the same time. They will join forces to deliver an event-packed programme, hosting impressive world experts, creating a must-attend gathering for the international children’s publishing community, stretching from Asia to Europe and all in between.



Here are the 78 winners

2022 Illustrators Exhibition - 56th edition

A preview
Elena Odriozola

The 2022 Annual Cover Author

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Illustrators Wall 2022
Call for Entries until 15 February

Braw Crossmedia Award 2022

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Translation Competition

In Altre Parole

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Bologna ragazzi AWARD 2022

BCBF Initiatives

The 2022 Juries

Sparky e Caramela; a cartoon for everyone!
Author Ambassador
With the gaze of a spectator child
What’s Up in China?

Online Projects

Open Up

Open Up

Special Initiatives

International Projects


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