Bologna Children's Book Fair 2024 in Review May 02 2024

Meet the agents

It’s been a busy couple of months over at Advocate Art, with our UK agents attending London Book Fair in March and then our EU team representing Advocate at Bologna Children's Book Fair!

It was a busy four days filled with client meetings, catching up with our repped artists in person, talking to aspiring illustrators, and offering portfolio reviews. Speaking with our agents, we determined some of the key topics currently trending in publishing:

  • Nature
  • Sea
  • Endangered animals
  • Anthropomorphic animals
  • Romance for YA/teen fiction

In addition to the above, we found that publishers are seeking more artsy styles across fiction, middle grade and non-fiction titles. The umbrella term ‘artsy’ refers to bright palettes, rich textures, decorative flare, and artwork which carries the narrative over each page and spread. Overall, it was an enjoyable four days as our teams networked with clients and artists alike. Have a flick through the photos to see how busy the Advocate stand was, as well the happy faces of those who attended.

If you’re a client who’s interested in working with any of our artists, reach out to your agent to discuss details. Bologna may be over, but our agents are ready to help you bring your projects to life! 

Advocate Art illustration agency specializes in art licensing and children’s book illustrations. We represent leading illustrators who produce children's and decorative illustrations to commission or license.