Having cancelled the physical event due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2020 has embraced digital technology and taken many of its planned activities online. The Special BCBF Online Edition is currently underway, having opened its virtual doors on Monday May 4th and runs until Thursday May 7th.
You can find out more about the sessions that have been running on their events page and if, like us, you have your kids running around during the day, many of the sessions have been recorded and are available to catch up on once the little ones are tucked up in bed. According to the website, they will also be available to access after the event officially closes meaning you can peruse these at your leisure.
We also pass on our congratulations to the various prize winners that have been announced on the @BoChildrensBook Twitter feed. Here’s a summary of the ones that caught our eye:
Hans Christian Andersen Award 2020
This biennial award presented by IBBY is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books.
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year from around the world:
African Bureau Stories (Ghana)
Jieli Publishing House (China)
Alboroto Ediciones (Mexico)
Les 400 Coups (Canada)
Windy Hollow Books (Australia)
We are also eagerly awaiting the crowning of the winner from the In Altre Parole translation competition, this year featuring children’s books translated into Italian from Arabic. Keep your eyes on the Twitter feed for that one!
One of the best loved areas of the Book Fair is the Illustrators Wall. Ensuring virtual visitors this year do not miss out, this too has gone digital, with visitors able to navigate the wall country by country to enjoy artwork created by 2,500 participants from 5 continents and 80 countries and territories.
And finally, to keep up to date with all things Bologna Children’s Book Fair, there’s a new blog called Fairtales, which launched on day one of the fair, offering continuously updated information on BCBF activities across the world.
It’s great to see that despite the current challenges facing our world, children’s books are still being celebrated.