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International Children’s Booksellers Conference

April 4 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm



Fiera di Bologna
Piazza della Costituzione
Bologna, 40128
+39 051 282111


International Children’s Booksellers Conference

Organized by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, in cooperation with ALIR – Italian Association of Independent Children’s Booksellers, the Conference aims at being the place for sharing ideas, knowledge, experiences, challenges and best practices, by joining in a global network of booksellers – a crucial segment of the children’s book market.

Independent bookstores and children’s departments of chain bookstores are increasing their presence in both big cities and small and medium-sized towns. Exchanging knowledge and experiences expands horizons and gives birth to new ideas.

The first edition of the Conference was held in 2018 and saw a wide participation of European booksellers. Given the great reception of this event, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair decided to open the upcoming edition to booksellers from all over the world.

What can you expect at the Children’s Booksellers on Stage?

Networking, inspiring talks and panels with the most creative people and highly qualified professionals, who have developed fruitful experiences in selling, writing, illustrating and publishing ̶ as well as in promoting reading and training in schools, organizing festivals and launching campaigns addressed to the public audience.

An inspiring venue

Children’s Booksellers on Stage will take place within the framework of the 56th edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair which is the leading professional event for children’s books and content.

An all-inclusive event!

The networking opportunities will also be enhanced by the Fair’s International Booksellers Lounge – placed at the Mall area between halls 29 ad 30 – which will offer an important meeting point managed by ALIR (Italian Association of Independent Children’s Booksellers) for the whole duration of the book fair.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Provisional program updated to January 24

3 April 2019 – OPENING MEETING

18:30 – 20:00 Networking cocktail at the San Giorgio in Poggiale Library

An opening meeting. followed by a cocktail reception, at the San Giorgio in Poggiale Library, in the city centre of Bologna, a truly special place for booklovers.

4 April 2019 – CONFERENCE

9.30 – 13:00

Welcome greetings

Elena Giacomin, ALIR – Italian Association of Independent Children’s Bookstores

Paolo Ambrosini, ALI – Association of Italian Booksellers

Best practices from Europe and across the Globe

Panel: Oblit Baseiria, Casa Anita LLibres (Spain); Sarah Hedrick, Iconoclast Books (USA); Marina Kameneva,Torgoviy Dom Knigi (Russia); Sergey Karpov, Marshak (Russia); Mihaela Maier, Tutimi și Titoc (Romania); Sara Panzavolta, Libreria Momo (Italy); Ana Garralón, La Fabulosa (Spain).

Some booksellers become publishers and the other way around

Panel: Grazia Gotti, Giannino Stoppani (Italy); Aya Ishii, Nijinoehonya (Japan); Francesca Martella, Il Sognalibro (Switzerland); Anne Leloup, Librairie des Éditeurs Associés (France); Judith Wilhelm, Calibroscopio – El Libro de Arena (Argentina).

13:00 Lunch at the Services Centre


What is included in the Conference fee? The Conference fee includes the lunch at the Services Centre, the networking cocktail and the entrance ticket for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. PLEASE NOTE: the code to download the BCBF entrance ticket will be available within the end of February.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact us at [email protected].


April 4
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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