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Announcement of the Nominations for BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year
The Fair is glad to announce that the first edition of the BOP – Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year is getting started. A Prize for Publishers awarded by Publishers themselves!

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2013, BolognaFiere and AIE – Italian Publishers Association decided to launch a new initiative to pay tribute to excellence in the world of children’s publishing. The prize has been instituted to recognize those publishers at the forefront of innovation in their activity and for the creative nature of the editorial choices they have made during the previous year’s edition of the fair.
The aim is to highlight the editorial projects, professional skills and intellectual qualities of work produced by publishing houses all over the world. At the same time, the prize is designed to foster reciprocal knowledge and mutual exchange of ideas among different countries, diverse areas and cultural identities across the globe.

The winners will be announced in Bologna at the Ceremony organized to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair: Tuesday 26th March 2013.

Discover who the Nominees are!

More Space to Digital Publishing with the O’Reilly TOC Pavilion and the Digital Café in Hall 26, Stand B 90

Exhibitors in the Digital Area in Pavilion 26 (Stand B 90) have doubled compared with last year. Alongside the increased number of mini booths there be events, presentations and debates on all the changes taking place in the industry. It’s not just a “digital area”, more a place where traditional and digital publishing come together.

The Digital Café’s programme has been further extended. “Children’s publishing goes digital” is the theme of the cafe this year. Meetings will feature a wide range of publisher and developer solutions who will be presenting their projects, as well as a session with the Jury of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award. Please check out the programme.

Announcement of the 2013 BolognaRagazzi Award Winners

The BolognaRagazzi Award Jury comprising Beppe Chia, Antonio Faeti, Carla Poesio and Paola Vassalli met and chose the winning books.

In thanking and congratulating all publishers that submitted their most interesting books to the competition, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 BolognaRagazzi Award:

· Changbi Publishers, Paju-si, Korea, Eyes – Fiction

· Editions Thierry Magnier, Paris, Dictionnaire fou du corps – Non-Fiction

· El Colegio de México Conaculta Alas y Raíces, Mexico City, Mexico, Diccionario para  armar – New Horizons

· Templar Publishing, Dorking, United Kingdom, Paul Thurlbly’s Alphabet – Opera Prima

BolognaRagazzi Digital Award

Following the success of the first edition, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is once again offering a digital book prize to spur excellence and innovation in the digital application world.

In the wake of the extraordinary number of entries last year, the 2013 Award will have two categories: Fiction and Non Fiction.

The jury of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award was made up of international digital publishing and illustration experts: Warren Buckleitner (chairman), André Letria, Chris Meade and Cristina Mussinelli.

We are proud to announce the winners of this edition:

· Fiction: DADA Company Edutainment, Madrid for Four Little Corners

· Non Fiction:  Touch Press/Egmont/Illuminations, London for War Horse

Mentions were given to: Martin & Jordan, Wilmslow (United Kingdom) – Irene Blasco Studio, Valencia (Spain) – Callaway Digital Arts, Los Angeles (USA) – Nosy Crow, London (United Kingdom).

Guest Country of Honour: Sweden

Sweden the Guest of Honour Country for this year is exhibiting on the theme of children’s right to culture.
The Illustrators Exhibition and the rich programme at the Fair as well as the programme of events in the city of Bologna will reflect this theme based on the UN convention of children’s right.
The programme will also offer children and their families, teachers and librarians the opportunity to meet Swedish illustrators and writers as a large number of events are arranged in the city, in cooperation with local partners. A programme designed to inspire reading promoters and increase the interest for literature among children and young adults.

The opening of the Exhibition at the Fair is scheduled on Monday March 25th at 2.00 pm, with the speech of Mrs. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Minister of Culture for Sweden.
The spokesman of the jury,  Andreas Berg, will comment on the exhibition and the procedure to select the 31 illustrators on the basis of the perspective of the child.

Peter Sis designs the 2013 Annual cover

The Illustrators Exhibition will once again be a key feature of the Fair. Located in an area given over to illustration, the exhibition is next to the Illustrators Café with its wide-ranging programme of events and talks.

The Exhibition is documented by the catalogue Illustrators Annual, the cover of which has been illustrated by Peter Sís, winner of the prestigious 2012 H. C. Andersen Award.
In addition, the Illustrators Annual has an unpublished autobiographical account by this great artist who designed this year’s Annual cover.

The Illustrators Exhibition

The 2013 Illustrators Annual presents the works of the 77 illustrators selected by this year’s international Illustrators Exhibition jury. Once again the exhibition has proved it is a landmark event in the sector with a record 3147 illustrators submitting their work for selection.

From 14th – 16th January last the five Jury members met in Bologna to select the illustrations to be included in the Exhibition. They were:

Etienne Delessert, Illustrator, Switzerland; Tássies, Illustrator, Spain; Maria Grazia Mazzitelli, Salani Editore, Italy; Junko Yokota, Professor in children’s literature, USA; Gita Wolf, Tara Books, India

The Exhibition is an opportunity for young talent to be spotted, this time by another prestigious international jury that will award the International Award for Illustration – Bologna  Children’s Book Fair and Fundación SM.

Evelyne Laube and Nina Wehrle (Switzerland), the winners of the 2012 edition, will be in Bologna at the Illustrators Café to present their book Who is William Tell? commissioned by the Prize organisation. Their work will be on display in the illustration area of the Fair.

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2013

On March 26th do not miss the announcement of the recipient of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). The recipient will be announced by Larry Lempert, chairman of the ALMA-jury in Vimmerby, Sweden, Astrid Lindgren’s birth place, and broadcast live to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The programme starts at 12.40 at the Illustrators Café and includes a speech by the Swedish Minister for Culture, Mrs. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

This year 207 candidates from 67 countries are nominated for the award.  Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters may be rewarded. The award, which amounts to approx. 470,000 EUR, is given annually to a single recipient or to several. For more information about the award and a complete Nomination list, please visit .

The Translators Centre is 10 years old!
Pav 30 stand A/45

Not only is the Bologna Children’s Book Fair celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Translators Centre is also in its tenth anniversary at the Fair. Over these years the Centre has become a real point of reference for the publishing world. A true reflection of an international event like the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the TC has provided invaluable assistance in the profession development of translators with a range of initiatives: meetings with other translators, publishers, experts, the specialist translators database; seminars on new translation technologies, and workshops in various languages.

Partnered by several prestigious institutions, the TC is a specialized discussion platform acting as a bridge between translation professionals, the world of training and the publishing-sector specialists meeting each year in Bologna.

The Translators Centre programme includes a range of interesting events including meetings with the Swedish author Moni Nilsson-Brännström and Yasmina Melaouah, the translator and voice of Daniel Pennac in Italy. Pennac will also receive an honorary degree from Bologna University at a ceremony on 26th March 2013, at 5.30 pm.

An international seminar will look at Multiculturalism in Children’s Literature: Translating the Difference.

A special session will be dedicated to the languages of the African Joint Exhibit at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The meeting is organised in collaboration with the French international association of independent publishers, Alliance internationale des éditeurs indépendants.

The TC will also hold one meeting of the III Jornadas internacionales de crítica e  investigación en literatura infantil y juvenil in collaboration with the University of Bologna’s interpreters school, SSLMIT of Forlì.

2013 Children’s Museum Award

For the second year running there will be a “Children’s Museum Award”. Launched thanks to the collaboration of two associations, EMA, the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International, together with Genus Bononiae – Musei nella Città and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the award acknowledges excellence in the children’s museum sector. In making its award the jury especially considers the creative use of exhibitions and innovative museum programmes catering to children up to 14 years.

The first winner at last year’s edition of the Book Fair, selected by a jury of experts appointed by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International was the Tropenmuseum Junior of Amsterdam.
15 museums from around the world are in the line-up this year for the 2013 prize.
Documentation on the finalist museums will be available at the Fair.

Another major event not to be missed is the Round Table on museum-specific literature for children entitled Children’s Museums as a Source of Creativity in Book Production.
Discussants include: Liesbet Ruben (Tropenmuseum Junior, Amsterdam) – Marja Kerkhof (General Manager, Mercis BV) – Sally Goldsworthy (Discover Centre, London) Moderator Andreja Rihter (Children’s Museum, Celje)

Wednesday, 27th March– 2 p.m. – Sala Suite (Services Centre Block B)

The meeting will close with a presentation by the Tropenmuseum Junior, winner of the first award, and by the 15 finalists for 2013.

Licensing Retail Day

Bologna Licensing Trade Fair is the only trade event in Italy dedicated to the business of subsidiary rights, with the participation of the main Italian and International licensors and licensing agencies. During the Bologna Licensing Trade Fair, one day will be dedicated entirely to the retail sector: the Licensing Retail Day. A unique event, the first of its kind in Italy, where in addition to a morning of seminars focused on the latest trends in licensed products’ distribution, the afternoon will be reserved exclusively for “speed date” meetings between select retailers and exhibitors.

Bologna Licensing Trade Fair brings the Italian and European licensing to Moscow.

Bologna Licensing Trade Fair is also going to promote the export of Made in Italy and Made in Europe licensing to the international market. During the fair a presentation will be dedicated to the Moscow Licensing Event, scheduled from 16th to 19th September 2013.

For additional information on the event and to learn hot to take part, please visit the page dedicated to Moscow Licensign Event 2013.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Piazza Costituzione, 6
40128 Bologna, Italy

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