After the resounding success of Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2022 – once again an in-person event – we are now hard at work getting ready to welcome the international publishing community for our sixtieth edition from 6 to 9 March 2023!

BCBF will be celebrating this major milestone together with the 16th edition of Bologna Licensing Trade Fair/ Kids and BolognaBookPlus (BBPlus), our brand extension dedicated to general trade publishing organized in partnership with the Italian Publishers Association (AIE).


Before the announcement of all the new features and events planned, 2023 will kick off with the selection of the BolognaRagazzi Awards and the illustrators to be included in the Illustrators Exhibition, along with the third edition of Open Up – The BCBF Skill Box, our special platform hosting online workshops, seminars and other events – including another edition of the Virtual Illustrators Wall.

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.


The 9th edition of the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) was held from 2 to 4 December 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.



The 2023 winners

BolognaRagazzi Award

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2023 Author Ambassador

Loyd Grossman
Deadline: 27 January

Bologna Licensing Award

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A new season of events

Open Up - the BCBF Skill Box

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2023 Illustrators Exhibition

BCBF Initiatives

The 2023 Juries


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