Bologna Children’s Book Fair was born 61 years ago with the dream of fostering a worldview where the overcoming of all boundaries is possible. Therefore, BCBF has consistently stood for peace and beside children worldwide, firmly believing in safeguarding their right to a future in every circumstance. It joins the calls for the end of every conflict, recognising books as bridges between cultures. Now more than ever, the publishing industry – for children, youth and all readers – plays a vital role in building peace. Inspired by these values, the fair works to promote the highest quality in global literature and illustration. This commitment extends to its involvement with the Italian section of IBBY, where it holds the status of a founding member.
This year as well, BCBF reaffirms its commitment to welcoming the participation of all publishers, authors and illustrators who wish to contribute in a peaceful, creative and positive manner to the larger publishing community, and to host speakers from all corners of the world. This is in keeping with the fair's long-standing spirit of dialogue and exchange.
To commemorate and share this commitment, BCBF, in collaboration with the United Nations SDG Book Club programme, invites all those attending the 61st edition of the fair to the Illustrators Café for a public reading of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.