58th edition
14-17 June 2021

BCBF in Shanghai

China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair 2020

While physical book fairs in the western world have been absent from 2020’s schedules, Bologna and Shanghai have completed another successful edition of the ChinaShanghaiInternationalChildren’sBookFair(CCBF) – the only book fair in Asia Pacific fully dedicated to books and other contents for children. 

The eighth edition of CCBFtook place as scheduled on13–15November 2020 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre (SWEECC). The Fair showcased 60,000 recent children's titles, among which 20 ,000 are overseas publications hailing from 21 different countries and territories. There were 308 online and offline professional programmes and readers' events held concurrently with the exhibition at more than 100 locations around town, including schools, bookstores, libraries, art museums, etc. CCBF has brought a total of 18,963 visitors to its fairgrounds, while online events streamed on local platforms gathered a total of 520,000 views all across the country. This year, CCBF brought together 350 exhibitors (of which 150 international) from 21 countries and territories, including China, South Korea, Canada, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Russia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgian, Australia, Thailand etc. See all the Facts&Figures.

CCBF worked hard to welcome the international children’s book community to its usual business environment. In addition to our traditional fair and its multifaceted program of exhibitions and events, we announced theCCBF“BOOKSHOWCASE”:a brand new initiative to combine the possibility to be "physically" in Shanghai by exhibiting some titles in a nice set up corner, and benefit of some services from remote to increase visibility and connect with other exhibitors and visitors

BCBF initiatives 2020 in Shanghai: 

  • Book Showcase: located at the Copyright Zone, the Book Showcase hosted more than 40 corners, and hundreds of books from more than 20 countries
  • Illustrators Survival Corner: reference space for illustrators at BCBF, the Corner is regularly hosted at CCBF with its extensive programme of masterclasses, special events and workshops. In 2020, over 1.500 illustrators attended its activities.
  • A wide programme of conferences and workshops on the hot topics for the industry.
  • "Illustrators for Gianni Rodari. Italian Excellence": As 2020 also marks the 100th anniversary of Gianni Rodari's birth, an illustration exhibition revisited the work of one of the most innovative literary voices of the last century through the wonderful illustrations of Italy's best picture book artists. 
  • "Children Plus Toddlers Books": this very special exhibition showcased 140 original board books and activity books for children aged 0–3, brought from all around the world.


BolognaFiere/ Bologna Children's Book Fair has opened in 2018 a new important chapter of its international activities becoming co-organizer of the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair  (CCBF)the only book fair in Asia Pacific fully dedicated to books and other contents for children. CCBF is the only event that can be assimilated to the Bologna Children's Book Fair in being focused exclusively on children's publishing and with a predominantly professional format.

After eight successful editions, CCBF has become a premium event for the global children’s publishing industry: it hosts one of the leading copyright exchange hubs for children’s books and content, contributing to the meeting and exchange between China, with its great heritage of literature and illustration, with the rest of the world.

CCBF is also a great opportunity to engage in the booming Chinese children's book market. China boasts one of the fastest growing book markets in the world. The country already publishes the largest number of children’s books, releasing over 40,000 new titles every year, and targeting 367 million children and young adults.

As well as the large exhibition area, CCBF offers a packed line-up of events and a wide range of activities aimed at enhancing the cultural backdrop of the fair: the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition and Exhibition, the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award, one longest running literary prizes in China, the Authors Festival, which brings together renowned authors from China and overseas, the exclusive Shanghai Visiting International Publishers Programme (SHVIP)., and a compelling line-up of International Conferences.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair adds its experience and client hub to this amazing event, sharing ideas, providing its consolidated network of relationships and enlarging the cultural programme with meetings, exhibitions and awards while combining copyright and cultural exchange with professional updating.

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