BCBF 2018 Guest of Honour: Hearing China’s stories


China will be the Guest of Honour of the 55th Bologna Children's Book Fair to be staged at BolognaFiere Exhibition Centre, Italy, from March 26th to 29th, 2018. Focusing on the theme of “Dream”, the Guest of Honour activities will feature the images of children and pandas reading together, which symbolizes the bright future and wonderful dream brought about by reading.

Occupying an area of 600 sqm, the China Pavilion, with its booth number B127, is located in Hall 26. Some 3,000 titles in 4,000 copies of books on intellectual enlightenment, cartoons and comics, parent-child reading, Chinese language learning and science education will be presented. The Pavilion will be divided into the book exhibition zone, the cultural exhibition zone and the activities area. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the past and present of children’s publishing in China and hear the voice of Chinese publishers.

A host of professional events and cultural exhibitions will be staged, including the History of Children’s Publishing in China, the “Greatness for Appreciation” Publishers’ Forum, the International Children’s Publishing Summit, and the Collection of Chinese Traditional Picture Story Books.

Famous children’s writers including Cao Wenxuan, Qin Wenjun, and Mei Zihan, academics like Han Yuhai and Fang Weiping will be at the Fair, together with Chinese illustrators and publishers, to exchange ideas with international peers and readers.

Exhibition of Original Chinese Illustrations

As one of the highlights of the China program, the Exhibition of Original Chinese Illustrations is located at the Services Centre, next to the Illustrators’ Café. Here the design philosophy is to create a poetic environment by reproductions of Chinese traditional landscape and gardens. There will be 147 pieces of original illustrations by 30 Chinese illustrators.

Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair Press Conference

During the Fair, Shanghai Press & Publication Administration (SPPA) and BolognaFiere S.p.A. will hold together the “China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair New Cooperation Press Conference & Annual Theme Release for the 2018 Original Illustration Exhibition of Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award” at Stand A140, Hall 26. At this event, they will officially announce their collaboration on CCBF starting from this year, and in the meantime, unveil the name of the newly founded joint venture in the presence of the children’s publishing houses and media outlets from all over the world.

The Chen Bochui Original Illustration Exhibition will take place from March 26th to 29th, showcasing the award’s history, awarded children’s books from previous CICLA editions, as well as nearly 100 pieces of amazing illustrations to the audiences.