Make the best of your visit to CCBF: Discover the fair's exciting professional event programme

The sixth edition of CCBF is drawing closer and we are looking forward to meeting you in our amazing Shanghai in a few weeks’ time.

We are happy to share with you some highlights of our professional programme of conference and events carefully curated by a team of children’s book experts. Save the date and come join us!

Thursday 8 November

Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award Ceremony

The Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award is one of the longest–running literary prizes in China, as well as one of the most important awards presented by CCBF. It honours authors, illustrators and professionals of children's literature who have made a great contribution to children's literature in China and the rest of the world.

SHVIP Book Pitch Party

The SHVIP Book Pitch Party is the kickoff of CCBF copyright-related activities, it is also one of the highlights in the Fair’s SHVIP publishers fellowship agenda. The international fellows and local publishers will pitch their best titles to the audience in a challenging three-minute timeframe. An entertaining and inspiring event followed by a networking cocktail.

9–10 November

CCBF Official Conference Programme

Bringing a compelling mix of academic expertise, business know-how and innovative thinking, the CCBF Conference programme will offer 12 highly engaging seminars aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding of Chinese publishing.
Speakers include Michele Cobb (Audio Publishers Association, USA), book market analyst Yang Lei (Open Books, China), digital media consultant Neal Hoskins (WingedChariot, UK), children’s literature specialists Leonard M. Marcus (USA) and Maria Russo (The New York Times, USA), publishers Mallory Loehr (Random House Books for Young Readers, USA), Pascal Ruffenach (Groupe Bayard, France), Gita Wolf (Tara Books, India) and Giovanna Ballin (Corraini Edizioni, Italy), as well as children’s authors Kitty Crowther (Belgium), Eiko Kadono (Japan) and Suzy Lee (Korea).

Friday 9 November

Who Sells? How To Sell?—Distribution and Marketing in a Changing Children's Publishing Ecosystem

Observers of the Publishing Industry—Trade Media Take a Look at the Children's Book Market

40 Years of Economic Reforms in China—Past, Present and Future of the Chinese Children's Book Publishing

East Meets West—Picture Books Today Across Cultures

What Makes a Classic Picture-Book Character?

Bringing the "Screen Generation" of Kids Back to Books

Saturday 10 November

"The Never Ending Story"—International Trends in Children’s Literature

Children’s Publication and Licensing Forum

“The Content and the Container”—Picture Books as Design Objects

2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards Winners in Conversation

Listen Up! Audiobooks and Paid Audio Content - Global presence and future trends

Who Takes the Prize?—A Closer Look at Children's Book Awards

9–11 November

Illustrators Survival Corner
It is coming straight from Bologna and is co-organised with Milan-based art school Mimaster: the Illustrator Survival Corner is a multi-function space for emerging all illustration and picture book professionals (illustrators, editors etc.) who wish to enhance their career perspectives with technical and professional knowledge. A rich programme of master classes, portfolio reviews and workshops will take place over three days.

China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) is the only book fair fully dedicated to books and other content for children aged from 0 to 16 in Asia Pacific. CCBF 2018 will take place from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November 2018 at the Shanghai World Expo Conference and Convention Centre.

Please register now to get your free Trade Visitor pass to the Fair. To learn how to attend those events please contact