The summary of the Poznań Book Fair 2016


The Books for Children, Young Adults and Parents Fair was organized by the Poznań International Fair and the Polish Book Publisher Association (PTWK) for the 15th time. Being Poland’s largest event focused on books for children it gathered crowds of visitors of all ages 18-20 March, including First Lady Mrs Agata Kornhauser-Duda who took the honorary patronage of the event.

The fair was a great opportunity to enjoy books, the written word and astonishing illustrations. Over the three days, the fair offered a chance to participate in trainings, listen to conversations on what role books have to play, and meet renown and respected authors. The main objective was to promote the book and readership among kids and their parents as well as make people realize why a good book is so important in our lives.

Book premieres and meetings with authors

There was an opportunity to get familiar with the offers of over 30 publishing houses, such as Akapit Press, Bellona, Czerwony Konik (Red Horse), Dwie, Grupa Wydawnictwo Miejskie Posnania (Posnania Publishing Group), Publicat, Dom Wydawniczy Rebis (Rebis Publishing), and Zakamarki, and buy favorite books at discount prices. Individual conversations with writers and illustrators who kept signing the visitors’ favorite books enjoyed great popularity; in total more than sixty meetings with authors were held.


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Trainings and important talks

An exciting fair program aroused interest in books in many different ways providing children with numerous literary and artistic attractions, detective and natural-art training sessions. The above activities were arranged by Akapit Press, Fundacja ABCXXI - Cała Polska Czyta Dzieciom (ABCXXI Foundation – All of Poland reads to kids), Media Rodzina (Media Family), Wydawnictwo Miejskie POSNANIA (Posnania Publishing), Zakamarki.

The 15th edition of the Book for Children and Youth fair was dedicated to the 1050th anniversary of the Christening of Poland. The Puenta Foundation and the Kórnik Library prepared a block of activities in connection with the christening of Poland, the beginnings of the Polish state and its first rulers. A special happening titled “All to make bold the heart,” arranged by the Center for Blind Children of Owińska marked the centenary of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s death. Separate meetings with Barbara Wachowicz, Anna Czerwińska-Rydel and Professor Grzegorz Leszczyński were also dedicated to this superb writer.

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The ABCXXI Foundation, which announced the results of the 4th Astrid Lindgren Literary Competition for a contemporary book for children, celebrated the 15th anniversary of the All of Poland Reads To Kids campaign. In three different age categories, including 0-6 years old, 6-10 years old, 10-14 years old, the judges gave the total of 8 prizes, 3 distinctions and one special distinction.

It was the 12th time the PEGAZIK awards had been granted. Mr Wojciech Widałka, the author of such popular children books as About Mr Ball, was recognized in the category ‘An author of a book for children and adolescents,’ whereas in the category ‘A friend of a book for children and adolescent’ the award went to Mrs Marta Lipczyńska-Gil, the founder and editor-in-chief of RYMS.

Illustration displays

Illustrations are a permanent part of the fair making Poznań the promoter of the art of illustrations and graphics for children. This year saw a special exhibition about the POLISH ILLUSTRATION SCHOOL, a unique world phenomenon of 1960-1980. When designing the exhibition the Polish Book Publisher Association (PTWK) decided to commemorate its 95th anniversary and the anniversary of the PTWK Competition for the Best Book, which has been held ever since 1921. On this occasion, three hundred works of 47 great illustrators were displayed.

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On top of that, held at the fair since 2003, the ILLUSTRATOR EXHIBITION featured the works of 42 authors, most of whom were representatives of the young generation. As part of the exhibition ZLATA STUHA OF THE CZECH SECTION IBBY 2004-2014 there was an opportunity to get familiar with the most beautiful works brought over by J. Machen Library from Brno. Modern computer centers and poetic imagination were characteristic of an outstanding artist Rafał Olbiński. Another exciting happening was a works display UNDERSTAND, EXPERIENCE AND SEE – ‘OGNIEM I MIECZEM’ carried out by the Center for Blind Children of Owińska.


At the same time

The 20th Education Fair and the School and Nursery Equipment Exhibition accompanied the Books for Children, Young Adults and Parents Fair. The events were visited by 29,000 people over the three days.


The coming edition

The coming edition of the 16th Poznań Fair Meeting – Books for Children, Young Adults and Parents will take place 24-26 March 2017.