BolognaFiere has announced the dates for the 60th edition of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the 3rd edition of BolognaBookPlus and the 16th edition of Bologna Licensing Trade Fair/Kids: 6 – 9 March 2023. Three global book events for international rights and licensing trading.

The last edition (March 2022), four days finally back in person in Bologna, witnessed the arrival of 1,070 exhibitors from 90 countries, including Guest of Honour Sharjah, and a programme of 18 exhibitions and more than 250 live events. Bologna Children’s Book Fair viewed the attendance of 21,432 visitors - with over 40% of professionals coming from abroad - with both gratitude and optimism. This success was achieved thanks also to the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAECI) and ITA - the Italian Trade Agency.

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 third edition will be co-located with Bologna Children’s Book Fair, 6 to 9 March 2023.


BLTF/Kids is now an integral part of BCBF. Bringing together key players in the entertainment and international licensing world, BLTF host 600 brands, a Licensing Retail Lounge, its Fashion Product Showcase and an area dedicated to licensees in search of new business.
The seventh edition of BLYF/Kids will be held 6-9 March 2023.


Initially scheduled for November 2021 and postoponed postponed to July 2022, the 9th edition of the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) has been postponed to 18-22 November 2022. CCBF is the only book fair in Asia Pacific fully dedicated to books and other contents for children co-organised by BolognaFiere/Bologna Children’s Book Fair.



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