Books beyond the shadow of Brexit

Brexit is looming (and who knows where the UK will stand in relation to the EU by the time the Bologna Children’s Book Fair starts?) but the drive for international trade among children’s publishers hasn’t dimmed.

In this year’s show preview we speak to Daniel Hahn, who is taking 10 editors from the UK to scout for books to publish in translation, and Katherine Rundell, the award-winning children’s fiction writer who is published in 28 languages. Rundell is attending the fair for the first time this year as she is in the running for the Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi Prize for her début novel The Girl Savage, and describes being translated into so many langauges as “an honour”.

International trade is also a vital part of the young fiction market. As Liz Cross, children’s publisher at Oxford University Press, says, companies are now releasing titles with their international counterparts in mind. Cross, along with publishers such as Kate Wilson (Nosy Crow), Nick Lake (HarperCollins Children’s Books) and Ali Dougal (Egmont), reveals her tips on why this market is on the up and how publishers are strengthening their offerings for this age group.

Also included in this year’s preview are the Agents’ Hotlists, where UK agents list the top titles they have for sale, and our children’s previewer Fiona Noble reveals the must-have children’s books that are coming up in the rest of 2019. From baby books to YA, Fiona’s choices include picture book stalwarts, new titles in ongoing series, beloved fiction writers, and the odd celebrity writer, too.

We will be publishing show dailies throughout the fair, so get in touch via email ( if you have any exciting news to share.