The China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) is held under the guidance of the Press and Publication Administration, organised by the Shanghai Press & Publication Administration, China Education Publishing & Media Group Ltd., and China Universal Press & Publication Co., Ltd., co-organised by Ronbo BolognaFiere Shanghai Ltd., powered by BolognaFiere S.p.A. and Shanghai Xinhua Distribution Group Co., Ltd.. Launched in 2013 and after six successful editions, CCBF has quickly become an important event for the global publishing industry. It is the only fair fully dedicated to books and specific contents for children aged from 0 to 16 in Asia Pacific.
During its six years of development, CCBF has centred on the theme of “embracing the future.” The fair provides a leading copyright exchange hub for children’s books. It plays an important role in promoting Chinese children’s literature internationally and encourages reading culture among young children. In 2018, CCBF opened a magnificent new chapter by collaborating with Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) organised by BolognaFiere. With a history of over 50 years, the BCBF is the largest children’s literature fair in the world. This exciting cooperation will better serve the current strategy of China’s publishing industry–disseminating original content worldwide and bringing the best international books to local readers–also known as the “go global, bring in” policy.
CCBF 2019 will take place during 15-17 November on the ground floor of the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre (SWEECC). The fair will be extended to 25,000 square metres with the expectation of more than 400 domestic and international exhibitors.
CCBF has started its collaboration with BolognaFiere/Bologna Children's Book Fair (BCBF) in 2018, opening a remarkable new chapter. And CCBF has been set up several special lounges in 2018. They will contiune bring many fantastic publishing house and publishers from overseas. The special lounges are:
BOP – Bologna Prize Lounge
This area is dedicated to the worldwide winners of the BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year. The BOP Prize annually acknowledges the most significant publishers in each of the six areas of the world: Africa, Central and South America, North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
The prize, organized by Bologna Children’s Book Fair in partnership with AIE - Italian Publishers Association, awards those publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the last year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills. At the same time, the prize is designed to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas among different nations and areas of the world.
Strega Prize Lounge
The Strega Prize Lounge is open to winners and shortlisted publishing houses of the Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi – the children’s literature special section of the most important Italian literary Prize – with their wide range of international children’s novels.
Now in its fourth edition, the Strega Prize Ragazze e Ragazzi was launched to foster a long-life passion for books, promote the educational and cultural value of reading and find out which titles young readers love the most. Books published in Italy by Italian and foreign authors in translation are judged by a jury composed of children and teenagers from 100 schools and libraries across Italy and abroad. The winners of the prize are the author and the translator, if it is a foreign book. The award is sponsored by BolognaFiere, the Maria and Goffredo Bellonci Foundation in partnership with Strega Alberti Benevento and the Italian Centre for Books and Reading (CEPELL).
Asia Pacific New Entry Lounge
Following the BCBF experience, where the New Entry Lounge in the last few years has been acting as a discovery hub for smart publishers from around the world, CCBF has invited to join this lounge selected publishing houses in the Asia Pacific area, noted for their editorial program excellence, among which the shortlisted publishers for the Bologna awards.
In 2018, CCBF successfully brought together 367 exhibitors from 25 countries and territories, as well as 33,796 visitors from many professional backgrounds including publishers, literary agents, authors, illustrators, translators, graphic designers, content developers, packagers, printers, distributors, booksellers, mobile developers, licensors and licensees, education and training institutions, cultural institutions, librarians, professional medias, teachers and children's book lovers.
Other than the exhibition itself, the fair offers a wide range of activities. Some of the notable activities are a series of Conferences & Seminars, the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition, the Illustrators Survival Corner, the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award, the Authors Festival, the Shanghai Visiting International Publishers Programme (SHVIP) and other events to promote reading.
Every year, CCBF undergoes a visual makeover in order to bring freshness and novelty to its image. This customary revamp is the much expected result of a creative collaboration involving a children’s book illustrator selected among the winners of the previous Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrator Competition.
Spanish illustrator Raquel Bonita, who won a Special Mention in the 2018 edition of the competition, was selected as author of the CCBF key visual. For a whole year, her minimalistic yet playful graphic universe will offer a lively visual experience for children and adults alike.
Composed of simple geometrical elements, Raquel Bonita’s animal characters contain infinite levels of visual interpretation. Through a gentle combination of lines, curves, circles and arcs, we are taken back to remember the importance of plain strokes as source of all shapes, colours and expressions.
Conceived with the support of Milan-based design studio Boiler, this new visual identity materialises the combination of shapes and essence, forms and ideas.