South Korea will be opening the Korean Pavilion at the Bologna Children's Book Fair to be held in Bologna, Italy from March 19-22, according to the culture ministry on Thursday.
About 700 children's books submitted by 26 local publishing companies will be displayed at the Korean Pavilion, set to cover 301 square meters in the Bologna Fair Center.
Among the books to be featured is "Grimmie's White Canvas" by Sang Publishing in Seoul, which won the Opera Prima division of this year's BolognaRagazzi Award.
The South Korean publishing industry hopes participation in the Bologna book fair will build momentum for a Korean Wave in the field of publishing in Europe. The Bologna Children's Book Fair is known to be the world's biggest event participated in by 1,300 publishing companies from 69 countries across the globe.
In a related move, the Korea Literature Translation Institute plans to hold events to introduce juvenile literature from Korea at the Bologna Children's Book Fair and also in Rome and Bonn, Germany.