Children’s Book Fair erupts in Shanghai

China Shanghai Childrens Book Fair in 2013Hong Kong has been hitting the news for all kinds of alarming reasons recently, but over in Shanghai a far more positive event is happening.

CCBF, the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (yep, that’s a bit of a mouthful), aims to get kids interested in reading, and promote children’s authors and literary agents publishers from across the world.

Public events are listed somewhat mysteriously as “Games/Contests” but pictures from last year’s events show large numbers of kids earnestly having fun. There will also be Thematic Displays: “A mixed bag of captivating interactive activities for adults and learn-by-reading fun for kids.”

roger-melloThere’ll be visits from international literary stars too, including Brazilian illustrator, writer and playwright, Roger Mello, winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award. Kate Wilson, CEO of Nosy Crow and Richard Haines of Penguin Random House Children’s Books will be  keynote speakers on a forum about what the opportunities presented by Transmedia for taking stories beyond the page.

This is a time of change for China, with a marketplace hungry for an influx of children’s books. “School teachers and education experts are in desperate needs of new educational materials, while parents and children are willing to spend money on imported publications.”

China Shanghai Childrens Book Fair 2013

Why not be part of that, and reward yourself with a trip to Shanghai at the same time?

CCBF is at Shanghai World Expo & Convention Centre from 20-22 November 2014.

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