A big day in Bologna

Today the Bologna Children’s Book Fair opened, and so did the Swedish participation as Guest of honor. Swedish Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth were one of the top Swedish participants, along with authors, illustrators, representatives from the book industry, former ALMA recipients, and many many others…! Here are some shoots from today!

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth opens the Bologna Children's Book Fair!

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth opens the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!

 

The Swedish overall theme: Children's Right to Culture.

The Swedish overall theme: Children’s Right to Culture.

 

From today’s press release, published by the Swedish Arts Council:

“The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s largest event for children’s and young adult literature. What makes it unique is the focus on illustration and visual art,” says Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

“When we read to young children, we arouse their imagination, longing and curiosity regarding images and language. That’s why it’s so important to read to children regularly, and to continue reading to them even when they are older and have learned to read themselves. And by talking to children about the stories we have read, we help them acquire better reading comprehension skills and enrich their vocabulary,” the culture minister continues.

The 300-square-metre exhibition presents work of 31 illustrators chosen by an expert jury. The selection has been made from a child’s perspective. The featured illustrators include several long-established names, such as Pernilla Stalfelt, Anna-Clara Tidholm, Gunna Grähs and Jockum Nordström, as well as many artists of the younger generation born in the 1980s.

2012 ALMA recipient Guus Kuijer with his wife Corrie (left), Lucienne van der Leije (rights manager) and his pubisher Bärbel Dorweiler from Querido.

2012 ALMA recipient Guus Kuijer with his wife Corrie (left), Lucienne van der Leije (rights manager) and his pubisher Bärbel Dorweiler from Querido.

 

 

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