CCBF 2020 Children Plus in Review: Toddlers' Books

CCBF is launching the “Children +” focus, a new stream of events aiming to cast light on a trend, a topical subject, a book category of great influence, or a topic that we shall not forget about or ignore.

Toddlers’ books play a frontline role in establishing a special bound between children and books. Not only are they a child’s first media to grasp the concepts that surround them, but they are also objects to feel, touch and play with. Their apparent simplicity hides a rich universe which develops along with increasingly innovative educational approaches and bold graphic trends. As a result, in many countries board book sales are progressing faster than other children’s publications, showing the dynamism and diversity that can be found in them.

Produced by CCBF in collaboration with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the "Toddlers First Books" exhibition intended to capture the newest trends through a selection of 142 titles carefully curated by Cooperativa Gianni Stoppani. The full list of exhibited books is now available for download here.

A highlight of the CCBF Children Plus event stream, the exhibition was complemented by a seminar boasting a panel of top experts of the field, "First Books, First Looks—Entering the World through Toddlers' Books".

Nov 13 2020
09:00 17:00

CCBF 2020 Children Plus in Review: Toddlers' Books

Children Plus—Toddlers First Books

Booth, 1A01 (Hybrid Zone)

Children learn to read long before they learn the alphabet, and toddler's books are likely to be the first printed media to make them penetrate the world of books. As such, toddlers books play a frontline role in the children's intellectual development and in building their future as readers.

At the core of Children Plus, the exhibition Toddlers First Books[JD1] will showcase 140 board books and activity books targeting babies and toddlers aged 0–3. Toddlers First Books is an outstanding display of novelty and diversity, which features books mostly published in the very last few years in 21 different countries and territories.

Established by a team of curators lead by children’s book expert and former librarian Grazia Gotti (Italy), this rigorous selection includes the best titles presented in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s Ragazzi Awards, one of the most important prizes in children’s publishing characterised by its taste for innovation.

The Children Plus—Toddlers First Books exhibition pays a special tribute to one of the most iconic Italian board book authors, 97-year old illustrator Attilio Cassinelli. Featured as this year’s Children Plus’s visual identity, Attilio’s "Little Red Riding Hood"  and “The Ugly Duck” will keep you company throughout your visit of the exhibition.

This exhibition is hosted by the China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair and curated by Giannino Stoppani Cooperativa Sociale, with the support of the Bologna Children’s Books Fair. A live painting event for children directed by Gudong—a Shanghai-based illustrator and finalist in the 2017 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition—will allow everyone to play creatively with Little Riding Hood.

15:00 17:00

Official Conferences and Seminars

Children’s Plus: First Books, First Looks—Entering the World through Toddlers' Books

Official Conference Room (Copyright Zone)

Children learn to read long before they learn the alphabet, and toddler's books are likely to be the first printed media to make them penetrate the world of books. As such, toddlers' books play a frontline role in the children's intellectual development and in building their future as readers. Whether they are board books, novelty books, fabric books or activity books, the toddlers' books apparent simplicity hides a rich universe which develops along with increasingly innovative education approaches and bold graphic trends. As a result, in many countries board book sales are progressing faster than other children’s publications, showing the dynamism and diversity that can be found in them. What does it take to make a good toddlers' book?

Moderator:
Yu Ying (China), Former Executive Editor, Gusheng Research Institute for New Children's Books, Online Reading Promoter

Speakers:
Suzanne Carnell (UK), Publisher, Two Hoots (Macmillan)
Chen Hui (China), Chinese Language and Literature Professor; Director, Research Centre on Picture Books, Beijing Normal University
Xavier Deneux (France), Author and Illustrator
Gao Yuan (China), Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Beijing Poplar Culture Project Co., Ltd.
Grazia Gotti (Italy), President, GianninoStoppaniCooperativaSociale; Curator of the ToddlersFirst BooksExhibition
Alexandra Kennedy (USA), Executive Director, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Zuo Wei (China), Picture Book Author

*Simultaneous interpretation in Chinese and English.

*International speakers will be connected to the venue through online channels.

Nov 14 2020
09:00 17:00

CCBF 2020 Children Plus in Review: Toddlers' Books

Children Plus—Toddlers First Books

Booth, 1A01 (Hybrid Zone)

Children learn to read long before they learn the alphabet, and toddler's books are likely to be the first printed media to make them penetrate the world of books. As such, toddlers books play a frontline role in the children's intellectual development and in building their future as readers.

At the core of Children Plus, the exhibition Toddlers First Books[JD1] will showcase 140 board books and activity books targeting babies and toddlers aged 0–3. Toddlers First Books is an outstanding display of novelty and diversity, which features books mostly published in the very last few years in 21 different countries and territories.

Established by a team of curators lead by children’s book expert and former librarian Grazia Gotti (Italy), this rigorous selection includes the best titles presented in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s Ragazzi Awards, one of the most important prizes in children’s publishing characterised by its taste for innovation.

The Children Plus—Toddlers First Books exhibition pays a special tribute to one of the most iconic Italian board book authors, 97-year old illustrator Attilio Cassinelli. Featured as this year’s Children Plus’s visual identity, Attilio’s "Little Red Riding Hood"  and “The Ugly Duck” will keep you company throughout your visit of the exhibition.

This exhibition is hosted by the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair and curated by Giannino Stoppani Cooperativa Sociale, with the support of the Bologna Children’s Books Fair. A live painting event for children directed by Gudong—a Shanghai-based illustrator and finalist in the 2017 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition—will allow everyone to play creatively with Little Riding Hood.

Nov 15 2020
09:00 16:00

CCBF 2020 Children Plus in Review: Toddlers' Books

Children Plus—Toddlers First Books

Booth, 1A01 (Hybrid Zone)

Children learn to read long before they learn the alphabet, and toddler's books are likely to be the first printed media to make them penetrate the world of books. As such, toddlers books play a frontline role in the children's intellectual development and in building their future as readers.

At the core of Children Plus, the exhibition Toddlers First Books[JD1] will showcase 140 board books and activity books targeting babies and toddlers aged 0–3. Toddlers First Books is an outstanding display of novelty and diversity, which features books mostly published in the very last few years in 21 different countries and territories.

Established by a team of curators lead by children’s book expert and former librarian Grazia Gotti (Italy), this rigorous selection includes the best titles presented in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s Ragazzi Awards, one of the most important prizes in children’s publishing characterised by its taste for innovation.

The Children Plus—Toddlers First Books exhibition pays a special tribute to one of the most iconic Italian board book authors, 97-year old illustrator Attilio Cassinelli. Featured as this year’s Children Plus’s visual identity, Attilio’s "Little Red Riding Hood"  and “The Ugly Duck” will keep you company throughout your visit of the exhibition.

This exhibition is hosted by the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair and curated by Giannino Stoppani Cooperativa Sociale, with the support of the Bologna Children’s Books Fair. A live painting event for children directed by Gudong—a Shanghai-based illustrator and finalist in the 2017 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition—will allow everyone to play creatively with Little Riding Hood.