Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Personal Showcases 2018


Bologna 2012

Most of my time at Bologna was spent talking with foreign publishers behind the scenes. The SCBWI Personal Showcase gave me an opportunity to exhibit my work to the public on the floor. Drawing live as part of the dueling illustrators event certainly drew a crowd of passers-by, and I got to meet some lovely folks from all over the world.

– Mike Curato (Showcase Presenter 2016)

“SCBWI’s Bologna booth, run by the SCBWI Team Bologna, was a haven for me, filled with friendly and familiar faces. I felt right at home in this huge center of book publishing action. My showcase started off with a bang with the visit of a Chinese publisher and his staff. Lively discussions followed with sharing of experiences. Hobnobbing with book professionals from around the world made the SCBWI booth a worthwhile stop.

Julien Chung (Showcase Presenter 2016) 

Going to the Bologna Book Fair has long been on my bucket list. But I never dreamed I would be invited to showcase my books and my art there. Through that showcase I connected with Book People from all over the world, and directly from that connection, the book, My Love for You is the Sun, was born. You just never know where opportunitites are going to come from & where things are going to land.

Susan Eaddy (Showcase presenter 2012, 2014, 2016) 

If you are a PAL member and you want to showcase your work, please complete the Registration Form below, describing your display set-up and brief details of what you would do with your one or two hours of SCBWI Bologna booth time (limit 250 words please). Please note that only PAL books are eligible for display and that there are NO charges for the personal showcase as you will need to cover all travel/accommodations costs yourself as well as the admission fee to enter the Fair (general fair information available on-line here at the Bologna Bookfair website. Specific entry fee information will be linked here when it is available).

In addition, if you would like to have your title entered into our Digital Catalogue and also in the PAL Book Showcase display on our shelves at the SCBWI booth, please follow the details here to register and pay.

And follow the details here to register and pay if you wish to have your title included in the Digital Catalogue only.

In the form below please include:

* details listing your major publications (include date and publishing house)

* brief information about YOU. You might also include awards received (if any), and promotional experience ​

* your preferred day (Monday to Wednesday) to be at the showcase.

Successful applications will be advised at the end of February of their showcase times.

Remember: To be included in the Digital Catalogue and or in the Showcase you must register and pay a separate fee at the link above.

Login Form
Note: You have to login to register for the Personal Showcase. Just login here, and then the Registration Form will show below.

Your Name*

Your Email Address*

Preferred Day*MondayTuesdayWednesday

Major Publications*

Information About YOU*

Proposed Display and Information*

I have paid for (select if these apply) Digital CatalogueShowcase and Digital Catalogue

… and from 2014:

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate SCBWI at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Having a Showcase, and participating in the Dueling Illustrators helped me feel I had a place at the fair where I could shine. The showcase gave me the opportunity to invite publishers to come see me.  It gave me a chance to show all my projects not just my portfolio. Being a Dueling artist was the HIGHLIGHT of my attending the Fair! I surprised myself and I enjoyed it! I got into the story and loved sketching on the spot in front of the crowd. Now I make drawing for the kids part of my school visits.

– Carmel O’Mara-Horwitz (Showcase Presenter 2014)

From around the world members will be showcasing their titles throughout the fair – they will be listed here.