Green Garden, Green Books, Green Future: Discover More About the ‘Books & Seeds’ Exhibition

Last Chance to Propose Books for the Children Plus Special Exhibition

Bologna International Children's Book Fair (BCBF) in 2021

Spring might last longer than usual and outspread until the opening of the next Shanghai International Children's Book Fair thanks to the Children Plus–Books & Seeds exhibition we are patiently growing for you. And wait! we are counting on your help to make this project even greener and lusher! Here is how…

The Books and Seeds exhibition project is work in progress since 2015, year in which a first edition of the exhibition was held at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and at the Milan universal exhibition (Expo Milano) dedicated to “Feeding the Planet”.
Since then, the world has changed, and countless exciting books have been published with the aim to help Humans, and especially children, explore new ways to connect with Nature and understand their environment.

For this second new exhibition, an updated title selection is being presently curated by a team of experts associated to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. It is an open process that welcomes new proposals by children’s book publishers from all around the world. 

Located in a premium location of CCBF and accessible to all visitors, the Books & Seeds exhibition will feature over 150 original editions of illustrated books in all languages. Taking seeds as a metaphor of this connexion, the exhibition intends to follow the course of a seed from the moment it is planted to the moment it reaches our plates. Agriculture, seasons, gardening, cooking are among the many themes covered in the project...

To grasp the spirit and scope of this exhibition, what best than hear one of our curators give us a little taste of its contents? From her luxuriant garden, Grazia Gotti (Academia Drosselmeier/Cooperativa Culturale Giannino Stoppani) shows us a few gems that she has already picked for the exhibition, just like ripe fruits…

Embrace a new green future!

A New Green Day
Antoinette Portis/illustrated (text and ill.)
Neil Porter Books, USA, 2020
ISBN: 9780823444885

The origins of food

Rice, Rice, Rice
Bamco/illustrated (text and ill.)
Hyang, South Korea, 2019
ISBN: 9791196541224


Olive au marché
Amélie Fontaine (text and ill.),
Actes Sud Junior, France, 2020
ISBN: 9782330137441

Les aoûtiens
Olivier Douzou (text) and Frédérique Bertrand (ill.)
Éditions du Rouergue, France, 2019
ISBN: 9782812617898

Cooking in all seasons

Das Grosse Wimmel-Kochbuch (The Big Look-and-Find Cookbook)
Dagmar von Cramm (text) and Rotraut Susanne Berner (ill.)
Gerstenberg Verlag, Germany, 2014
ISBN: 9783836957267

Great women and the land

Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
Jeannette Winter (text and ill.)
Harcourt Children's Books, USA, 2008.
ISBN: 9780152065454

Mary's Penny
Tanya Landman (text) and Richard Holland (ill.)
Candelwick Books, USA, 2010
ISBN: 9780763647681

Towards a green destiny: share books & values

Where Does Tofu Come From? 
Wu Liping (text) and Lin Jiadong (ill.)
Visionary World Culture, Taiwan, China, 2019
ISBN: 9789864798438