Navigating the evolving world of children’s publishing!


In the dynamic realm of children’s publishing, where imagination knows no bounds and stories have the power to shape young minds, staying attuned to emerging trends is paramount. In recent years, there has been a resounding call for greater diversity and inclusivity within children’s literature, reflecting the rich tapestry of identities and experiences that make up our world. As Richa Jha of Pickle Yolk Book says, “The many meaningful conversations around diversity and inclusiveness in the last few years has brought about a decidedly enriching shift in the way publishers are now looking at children’s publishing; a welcome shift which is here to stay.”

In an age marked by digital immersion, children’s publishers are harnessing the power of technology to create immersive storytelling experiences. Interactive books, augmented reality (AR) applications, and multimedia platforms are blurring the lines between fiction and reality, captivating young readers and encouraging active engagement with the narrative.

With environmental concerns looming large on the global stage, children’s publishing is embracing themes of sustainability, conservation, and environmental stewardship. Reetanshu Singhal of XACT BOOKS shares, “More inclusion means more readers and diversity helps you get an access to so many cultures and the different readers feedbacks also helps you to better your content & books.”

As we navigate the ever-evolving currents of children’s publishing, one thing remains abundantly clear: the profound impact of literature on the hearts and minds of young readers. Bologna Children’s Book Fair is celebrating its 61st edition, Elena Pasoli, Director of Bologna Children’s Book Fair shares, “We’re so excited for this upcoming first edition of BCBF’s six decade!! This fair will be bigger than ever, with more than 1500 exhibitors from around 100 countries. This is certainly due to the fact that the children’s book sector is doing very well all over the world; but I believe it is also due to the extensive work we have been doing internationally for years with our Grand Tour that takes us, with programmes full of exhibitions and activities, to so many countries. This year, in addition to BCBF’s Slovenia Guest of Honour Country, we have the participation of India in the limelight of BolognaBookPlus. Then, I’m glad to say that this year China is absolutely back with a 1,000 sqm exhibition and about 100 publishers. Other highlights are the brand-new TV/Film Rights Centre, dedicated to the book-to-screen copyright business, as well as the Rights Centre, hosting agents and scouts from not only children’s but also general publishing, completely renovated and sold out! As for the programme, there are almost 400 events scheduled and some 15 book and illustration exhibitions!”

Happy publishing!


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