• The Ultimate Trade Show Concierge Service

    We Free You Up to Do Business

  • We're Here to Help You Shine

    Let Us Handle the Book Fair Details

  • Thirty Years of Book Fair Experience

    Relax and Concentrate on Your Book Fair Goals

  • All You Have to Do Is Show Up

    We Handle the Rest

About Us

Trade shows are tough on their own, but when you factor in overseas flights, language difficulties, six to twelve hour time differences, and the intricacies of maneuvering your way around an unfamiliar European or Asian city, even the most steeled business traveler might suffer a bout of travel anxiety. Don’t fret. For nearly thirty years, Children’s Books USA has specialized in one thing: helping children’s books publishers with pesky trade show details—first, at the Bologna Book Fair, and more recently at the Frankfurt Book Fair and Shanghai Children’s Book Fair.

CBUSA is managed by Victoria and Matt Sutherland—each with more than twenty years of trade show and event planning experience. In addition, they are book publishing veterans, with know-how earned through their ownership of Foreword Reviews magazine. CBUSA clients include National Geographic, Peachtree Publishers, Charlesbridge Publishing, Magination Press/ American Psychological Association, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, Holiday House and Little Pickle Press.

Let us handle your space reservations, shipping arrangements, onsite logistics, setup and hospitality, so that you can concentrate on more important side of things like, say, doing some rights deals.

Children’s Books USA Featured Trade Shows

Bologna Children's Book Fair in March

The best foreign rights exposure for children's books publishers. Nearly 25,000 international professional trade reps and agents from 75 countries scout for gems and do deals in several halls. In Bolognese book-speak, children's books means picture books, juvenile, middle reader, juvenile and young adult fiction and nonfiction and the show floors of the Bologna fiere are awash with some of the most astounding art and artists anywhere.

All inclusive service and professional management for a fixed fee

We handle space reservation, catalog and co-exhibit fees, furniture rental, shipping, customs clearance, duties / taxes, cartage, stand setup, hospitality room, internet access via shared laptop, and tear down.

When you arrive, your books and materials will be displayed on shelves next to a table and chairs you’ll use for appointments.

Space to fit your needs. Choose from

  • Meeting space complete with 2 display panels, personalized signage, (8) bookshelves, a table, chairs, and file cabinet, entry badges and catalog listing $5075
  • Display panel (1) with signage, (4) bookshelves, entry badges and catalog listing, $2500
  • Private booths~Market Value ++

Official Fair Directory

Your firm, staff, product categories, and specialties are listed in the official book fair directory. You also receive your own copy of the directory, an indispensable guide to the children's publishing and media world.

Professional Management

Our staff directs customers to your display, takes messages, answers questions, oversees your display when you step away, can help with restaurant recommendations and insider tourist info, and even forwards inquiries and requests to you, in the event that you can't attend the fair.

Frankfurt Book Fair in October

To accurately describe the Frankfurt Book Fair, one word cannot be avoided: "overwhelming." The numbers alone are daunting: nine show halls, more than 7000 exhibitors, publishers from 100 countries, and a stunning average of 280,000 attendees. Luckily, with excellent train / metro services, ample hotel space, and German efficiency, Frankfurt is just the place to pull off such an event. In 2014, Children's Books USA premiered with a busy booth space in Hall 3, the exhibit hall for children's book publishers the world over.

All inclusive service and professional management for a fixed fee

We handle space reservation, catalog and co-exhibit fees, furniture rental, shipping, customs clearance, duties / taxes, cartage, stand setup, hospitality room, internet access via shared laptop, and tear down.

When you arrive, your books and materials will be displayed on shelves next to a table and chairs you’ll use for appointments.

Space to fit your needs. Choose from

  • Meeting space complete with 2 display panels, personalized signage, (8) bookshelves, a table, chairs, and file cabinet, entry badges and catalog listing $2499
  • Display panel (1) with signage, (4) bookshelves, entry badges and catalog listing, $1499

Official Fair Directory

Your firm, staff, product categories, and specialties are listed in the official book fair directory. You also receive your own copy of the directory, an indispensable guide to the children's publishing and media world.

Professional Management

Our staff directs customers to your display, takes messages, answers questions, oversees your display when you step away, can help with restaurant recommendations and insider tourist info, and even forwards inquiries and requests to you, in the event that you can't attend the fair.

China Children's Book Fair in November

In Shanghai, Children’s Books USA hosted an award-winning booth for a second year. CCBF, a Reed Elsevier event, understands the opportunities in the fastest growing children’s rights arena. In China alone, there are 1.2 billion people, 10 million fluent English readers, 300 million in the process of learning English, and over 90 percent of children's books are imported into China.

All inclusive service and professional management for a fixed fee

We handle space reservation, catalog and co-exhibit fees, furniture rental, shipping, customs clearance, duties / taxes, cartage, stand setup, hospitality room, internet access via shared laptop, and tear down.

When you arrive, your books and materials will be displayed on shelves next to a table and chairs you’ll use for appointments.

Space to fit your needs. Choose from

  • Meeting space complete with 2 display panels, personalized signage, (8) bookshelves, a table, chairs, and file cabinet, entry badges and catalog listing $1499
  • Display panel (1) with signage, (4) bookshelves, entry badges and catalog listing, $999

Official Fair Directory

Your firm, staff, product categories, and specialties are listed in the official book fair directory. You also receive your own copy of the directory, an indispensable guide to the children's publishing and media world.

Professional Management

Our staff directs customers to your display, takes messages, answers questions, oversees your display when you step away, can help with restaurant recommendations and insider tourist info, and even forwards inquiries and requests to you, in the event that you can't attend the fair.

  • The easiest firm to do business with that we encounter.

    Publisher

  • As ever, thanks for taking such good care of everything in Bologna.

    Editor in Chief

  • Thanks for your superb expertise in Bologna.

    Marketing Director

  • The first large-scale international event I’ve seen unfold from square one and it went very smoothly.

    International Sales Manager

  • Thanks for making our exhibit experience in Bologna such a positive one.

    Chief Executive

  • We appreciate all the services you provide for the fair and look forward to working with you again.

    Editor in Chief

Our Clients

Some of our clients have been with us for more than 15 years! Here is a roster of publishers from the past few years:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Boyds Mills Press
  • Carl Sams II Photography
  • Carus Corporation
  • Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency
  • Chooseco Cinco
  • Puntos Press
  • Clarion Books
  • Cricket Magazine Group
  • DC Comics
  • Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
  • Feiwel & Friends
  • Front Street Books
  • Getty Publications
  • Giddy Up
  • Gryphon House
  • Henry Holt
  • Highlights for Children
  • Holiday House Inc.
  • Holtzbrinck Publishers
  • Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Little Pickle Press
  • London Town Press
  • Lookybook, Inc.
  • Magination Press
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • National Geographic Society
  • Peachtree Publishers
  • Phoenix Color Publishers
  • Weekly Roaring Brook Press
  • Stenhouse Publishers
  • Sterling Lord Literistic
  • Thomson Gale
  • Tricycle Press
  • Tyndale House

Contact Us

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