55th Bologna Children's Book Fair

Added On March 28, 2018

The 55th Bologna Children's Book Fair opened Monday in Italy while China participates as the Guest of Honor. 
More than 1,300 exhibitors from 77 countries took part in the event, an 8.6 percent rise over last year.
The 4-day event also saw the announcement of the winners of this year's Hans Christian Andersen Awards.
Japanese author Eiko Kadono received the prize for writing, and Russian artist Igor Oleynikov for illustration.
Xiong Liang has entered into the shortlist for the awards, the first Chinese illustrator since 1966.
China's logo for the activities, with a theme of "Dream", symbolizes what reading can bring to children, as well as demonstrates a good wish on the friendship between the two countries. 
China hosts several events in the fair, including an exhibition of illustrations created by Chinese artists.
Over 5,000 titles divided into almost 4,000 genres were exhibited, and the majority of which were original Chinese children's books.
Over 200 publishing professionals representing nearly 100 Chinese publishing organizations attended the fair.
About 50 Chinese writers, scholars and 24 illustrators took part for face-to-face and in-depth discussions. 
The activities helped promote the exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese publishers and their counterparts across the world.