7 May - 21 July 2013


Opening 7 May @ 6.30 pm

with Giusi Nicolini, Mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa and  Vincenzo Spadafora, Ombudsperson For Children and Young people


Ibby Italia and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni present Silent books. Final destination Lampedusa, an international project, a fair-cum-workshop, in the context of the Bologna in Rome exhibition, the Rome showcase for the Bologna Children's Book Fair, organised in conjunction with the Libraries of Rome.


Through the IBBY-International Board of Books for Young People, an international association that promotes books for young people as a tool for integration, the project has collected the best in books without words to donate them to Lampedusa, the remotest island in the Mediterranean and the first port of call for those arriving from across the sea.


The Forum will be showcasing over one hundred silent books from four continents and more than twenty countries.  Old travel trunks contain books with pictures telling stories that words cannot tell, rich in sensations, dreams and memories emanating from their characters' silence to overcome the language barrier and foster encounters among different cultures.  After Rome, the exhibition will be travelling around Italy and throughout the world, with Lampedusa for its final destination to build a library for Italian and immigrant children with the support of the Lampedusa local authority.


The journey will be accompanied by an author's notebook in which Chiara Carrer's creative vein and the art of Sara Verdone dialogue with the images and characters of the books.


The exhibition will allow visitors to familiarise with the first ever honour list of books without words selected by an international jury comprising Etienne Delessert (author and illustrator), Cristina Paterlini (librarian, Rome European Library), Deborah Soria (bookseller, Ottimomassimo Travelling Bookshop), Sophie Van der Linden (expert in literature for children) and Paola Vassalli (curator in charge of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni's Educational Services). Ten works remarkable for their originality, complexity, historical value and subject matter, with three special awards assigned by Amnesty International, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Ibby Italia.


The Art Bookshop and Rome's European Library will be hosting a rich schedule of encounters, book launches and workshops for the young and less young, turning books without words into a valuable tool for visual education and cultural mediation for all ages and audiences. See the updated events schedule on www.palazzoesposizioni.it  and www.bibliotecaeuropea.it.


To mark the Maggio dei Libri event from 7 to 27 May, you can join the Amo chi legge... e gli regalo un libro (I love people who read... so I’m going to buy them a book) campaign promoted by the Italian Publishers Association AIE, by buying children’s books for the Lampedusa Library at the Libreria Arion Esposizioni.


Honour List

Ajubel, Robinson Crusoe - Ara Jo, The Rocket Boy - Raymond Briggs, The Snowman - Katy Couprie & Antonin Louchard, Tout un monde - Suzy Lee, Wave - Madalena Matoso, Todos Fazemos Tudo - Gonzalo Moure Trenor & Alicia Varela, El arenque rojo - Shaun Tan, The Arrival - Marije & Ronald Tolman, De boomhut - David Wiesner, Flotsam - Nicole De Cock, Aan de overkant (Amnesty International special award) - Iela & Enzo Mari, La mela e la farfalla (Ibby Italia special award) - Bente Olesen Nyström, Hr. Alting (Palazzo delle Esposizioni special award)



Forum Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Via Milano 13 - Rome

Tuesday to Friday 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00 am - 8.00 pm



schools • kindergarten and primary schools

Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am - 11.30 am and 11.30 am - 1.30 pm

tour of the exhibition and workshop € 80.00 per class group


families • children aged 3 to 6 accompanied by their parents

Every Sunday 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

activity € 8.00 per child


workshop reservations

(schools) reseveration compulsory - tel. (+39) 848082408

(families) reservation recommended € 1.50 - tel. (+39) 06 39967500