The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry.In its 44th edition, the Fair offers more than 20,000 square meters of exhibition space that spread across 7 pavilions.
It was an eye-opener visiting the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Many foreign language books were represented at the fair. It is interesting to see the Italian version of Harry Potter with a totally different illustration on the book cover ! I must say that I do like it better as it looks more like a children's book.
The Book Fair also featured an illustrators' exhibition that is the largest and most prestigious international display of the most innovative trends in children’s illustration. Out of 2,653 entries from 58 countries, 85 illustrators were selected by an influential panel of judges to showcase their talent, publish in the Annual which is a reference tool that publishers use year-round and be part of the travelling shows organised by Japan Board on Books for Young People (JBBY). Within the exhibtion area, there were Illustrators Cafes where illustrators introduce themselves to professionals looking for new talent. The panel of judges also use the cafes to share and discuss the reasons behind their selection.
Here's where you can see some photos of the illustrations taken by me :)