We’ve gathered a selection of photos highlighting the seventh edition of the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, which concluded its three-day run on November 17. Approximately 400 exhibitors, of which 30% were first-timers, and more than 40,000 visitors attended the event. All photos by Teri Tan, unless otherwise noted.
Professionals crowded the Copyright Zone, where overseas exhibitors, including those in the U.K. Pavilion such as Nosy Crow, were located.
The “Pop-up Show: The Magic Inside Books” exhibition displayed roughly 130 pop-up titles, chosen from the Massimo Missiroli collection, that trace the evolution of three-dimensional moveable paper elements since the 1800s.
Russian illustrator Maria Titova, who created the visual identity for the 2019 edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, conducting a session at the Illustrators Survival Corner.
Dav Pilkey, author-illustrator of the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, interacting with young fans at the Scholastic booth.
An eye-catching booth display from Bookin ICM, the Chinese distributor for Flying Start Books.
A father entertains his daughters with a pop-up book.
A big plush bear and a comfortable bench beckoned kids and families to check out titles featuring Baozi, the Little Bear, published by Shanghai-based Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House.
The Moomins became immensely popular with Chinese parents after the live broadcast (via social media) of a lecture on “Finnish Education Through Moomin Stories” in December 2016.
A new fan of Jommeke (or Jeremy), the #1 Dutch-language comic series from Belgian author Jef Nys.
A display based on Shinsuke Yoshitake’s It Might Be an Apple at Thinkingdom Children’s Books, a publisher known for translating major Japanese bestsellers, including Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window.
The booth for Taipei-based Hsin Yi Foundation, a strong advocate of early childhood education in the region.
The main characters in the classic The Journey to the West are familiar to any Chinese child.
Igor Oleinikov (third from l.), the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award winner, at a session presenting the Simplified Chinese edition of his book, The Ballad of a Small Tugboat, published by Dandelion Children’s Book House.
David Macaulay (r.), author of bestsellers such as The Way Things Work and How Machines Work. Photo: Children’s Division of the Electronics Industry Press.