Bringing a compelling mix of academic expertise, business know-how and innovative thinking, the CCBF Conference programme will offer 10 highly engaging seminars aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding of children’s publishing.
The most updated market data and figures are carving out a place of choice for themselves in the Conference programme. The publishing industries of eleven countries will be thoroughly described with data presented by the world leading analyst Nielsen Book, followed by the yearly Chinese market survey held by OpenBook.
In another seminar, audio-books will be at the centre of an interesting global market presentation held by Storytel and Qingting FM.
As part of the Children's+ event stream, art, architecture and design will be a highlight of our Conference programme. We will look closely at the many recent ground-breaking books that foment children's artistic sensibility or inform them about the lives of the greatest artists. The session will include prestigious publishers (Roger Thorp from Thames and Hudson; Claire de Cointet from Éditions du Centre Pompidou), as well as first-class authors (Patricia Geis, author of best-selling Meet the Artist series; Page Tsou, SM-Bologna International Illustration Award winner) and representatives from museums and art institutions, all specialising in visual arts, design and architecture for children.
There will be more beautiful book under scrutiny in the CCBF Official Conference. Pop-up books will be analysed from all angles, in a high-level round table including Japanese picture book artist and paper engineer Katsumi Komagata, pop-up collectors Massimo Missiroli and Matteo Faglia, as well as pop-up book leading publishers from France (Les Grandes Personnes) and China (Lelequ).
Reading and writing will also be a core part of the programme. Fomenting healthy reading habits, raising children's reading skill and interest towards books, encouraging the production and publication of quality literature for children will be among the questions discussed in two seminars, moderated by the influential children's editors Maria Russo (The New York Times) and Julia Eccleshare (Hay Festival).
We will also look beyond books to explore all the business extensions offered to publishing by the latest technological innovations. In addition to our already well-known digital seminar, we will cast light on how licensing and audiovisual rights connect to publishing.
Dion Vlachos (Viacom Nickelodeon), Andrea Ryder (Lego Publishing) and Susan Bolsover (Penguin Ventures) will be among the speakers of this session.