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Bologna Children's Book Fair began yesterday

Yesterday marked the beginning of the sixtieth anniversary edition of the Bologna Children's Book Fair. This year, as many as 43 Polish publishers will be exhibiting at Europe's largest children's book fair. The Book Institute is responsible for the organisation of the Polish stand.

More than 1,400 exhibitors from almost 90 countries are taking part in this year's event. There will be 325 events over four days, accompanied by 13 comprehensive exhibitions. The fair will also see the presentation of the Bologna Ragazzi Awards - the most prestigious international awards for children's and young people's books, comparable to the Oscars.

The 60th edition of the Bologna International Children's Book Fair is also the second since the COVID-19 pandemic to be held on a fully stationary basis. The event will run from 6 to 9 March 2023.

This year, as many as 43 exhibitors will showcase their products at the Polish stand. The large number of publishers interested in participating in the fair has resulted in a larger Polish stand area of 160 square metres. The space designated for Polish publishers is located in Hall 30.

The list of Polish exhibitors who will be presenting in Bologna includes Agora dla dzieci, Albus, Debit Druganoga, Drukarnia Skleniarz, DTagency, Dwie Siostry, Ezop, Funpark, Gryf Direct, GW Foksal, Helion, HulkyBulky, Instytut Marka Kamińskiego, Kocur Bury, Literatura, Literówka, Mazowieckie Centrum Poligrafii, Muchomor, Nasza Księgarnia, Opolgraf, Ozgraf, Poławiacze pereł, Powergraph, Publicat, Skrzat, Sto stron, tatarak, Widnokrąg, Wolno, Wytwórnia, Gdańskie Wydawnictwo Oświatowe, Druga Strona Poznania, Media rodzina, Dzika małpa, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Poradnia K, Znak, Fundacja Instytut Carla Mengera, Zielona Sowa, Kici Nici, Kropka, Oryginały.

With the International Children's Book Fair in Bologna in mind, the Book Institute has prepared a new edition of the catalogue 'Polish Books for Children & Young Adults'. The catalogue traditionally presents the most interesting Polish books for children and young people published over the past year. This time, the authors of the thirty books we presented included Justyna Bednarek, Józef Wilkoń, Marianna Oklejak, Paweł Pawlak, Roksana Jędrzejewska-Wróbel, Marcin Szczygielski, and Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński. An electronic version of the catalogue can be found HERE.

This year, it is not only those visiting the Polish stand who are likely to come across Polish creators. The annual Illustrators Exhibition 2023, an exhibition of works by the most interesting illustrators of children's books, will showcase the work of two Polish illustrators - Gosia Herba and Marianna Oklejak. A total of 80 illustrators from around the world will take part.

In addition, the exhibition accompanying the Bologna Ragazzi Award included another Polish book – Nikifor by Maria Strzelecka, published by the Rzeszów-based publishing house Libra PL. And in a special section prepared to celebrate the 15th edition of the Opera Prima award, aimed at debutants, the book Gudu i Gwai (“Gudu and Gwai”) by Maria-Luisa Uth, published by the publishing house Dwa Siostry, will be presented among twenty other titles.