From the Bologna Children’s Book Fair website:
To all our dear Exhibitors, Visitors, Partners and Friends,
It is with great sadness that we announce our decision to cancel the 57th Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Unfortunately, the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic both in Italy and internationally has dashed our hopes of holding the fair even on the recently announced rescheduled dates of 4-7 May. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to wait no further and act now to enable you all to rethink your plans.
Bologna will nonetheless be present. We are working to recreate online the atmosphere and the business and networking opportunities that are so much part of our book fair. Details will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
We want to thank you all for the heart-warming support you have shown us over these difficult weeks in a show of friendship that makes us at BCBF, and the whole city of Bologna, proud.
We look forward to meeting you online in a few weeks – and in Bologna from 12 to 15 April 2021.
Very best regards,
The BCBF Team
IBPA Members: Save 15% on Single-Title Display at the Bologna Children's Book Fair by Exhibiting with Foreword Reviews!
Books can be registered online here. Consult your IBPA Membership Benefits Handbook for the IBPA discount code.
The best foreign rights exposure for children's books publishers is the annual Bologna Children's Book Fair: nearly 25,000 international professional trade reps and agents from 75 countries scout for gems and do deals on a 20,000 square meter show floor. In Bolognese book-speak, children's books means picture books, and the show floors of the Bologna fiere are awash with some of the most astounding art and artists anywhere.
Under the best of circumstances, by exhibiting in Bologna, your top titles might generate rights interest with publishers from several countries (typically, a foreign rights deal includes a non-refundable advance and a royalty rate of 7–8%). So, with no out of pocket expense—except for the exhibit fee to have your title displayed at the Foreword Reviews booth through a special promotion for IBPA members—you stand to earn an unexpected windfall.
Representatives from Foreword Reviews direct visiting agents and reps to the appropriate shelves (books are arranged by genre) and collect business cards and contact information when interest in a certain title is expressed. Foreword will then pass on the contact info to the corresponding publisher. Your title will also receive a listing in the online version of the show guide; rigorously studied by agents before and after the actual event.
How to register:
Fee per title is generally $215 each, but IBPA members pay only $182.75 with a special discount code. Download the current Membership Benefits Handbook for a list of all discount codes. Once you have the discount code, click here to register directly with Foreword.