LBF extends children's zone

<p>London Book Fair has extended its Children &amp; Young Adult Publishing Zone with a new look, greater emphasis on illustration, and events throughout the fair.</p><p>LBF, which runs this year from 19th-21st April, is partnering with children&#39;s illustrators, animators and agents online resource www.childrensillustrators.com on a prominent display area, with illustrators able to win a chance to have their work reproduced.<br /><br />For entry price of &pound;50, illustrators will receive a three-day badge to attend the fair, enter the competition, and attend a tailored networking event with art directors and editors on 20th April. Winners will also be entered into a prize draw to win a year&#39;s subscription to the website.<br /><br />The judges of the illustration competition will include author, illustrator and political cartoonist for the <em>Observer </em>Chris Riddell; author and illustrator Bruce Ingman; and Walker Books picture book publisher Deirdre McDermott. The deadline for entry is 8th March. For more information go <a href="www.londonbookfair.co.uk/illustratorscomp" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br />The Children&#39;s &amp; YA zone will also be carpeted in red, with red stand name boards. Seminars this year will include &quot;Children&#39;s Bookfutures: Children&#39;s Literature &amp; Digital Imagination&quot;; &quot;Extending the Shelves: Strategies for Children&#39;s Bookshops in the Face of Online Competition&quot;; and &quot;Writing for Teens&quot;.<br /><br />Rachel Jones, LBF sales and IRC executive, said: &quot;The children&#39;s sector is always a strong one for The London Book Fair. Our dedicated seminar stream is always well attended and we are delighted once again with this year&#39;s line-up. </p><p>&quot;The zone promises to look very eye-catching this year with the vibrant colours and displays of illustrators from both new and established talent.&quot;<br /><br /> </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>