Bologna Children’s Book Fair–the world’s most influential and largest annual industry-facing trade show for young readers’ content–issues a group of six awards each year that are particularly prized by children’s publishers.
Every year, the winners are announced at the opening ceremony of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and prominent titles of the selected publishers are introduced through the fair’s catalog, newspapers, and social media. Same as the last year, the voting process to select the best publishers was held online and the results were announced during the 4-day period of the Book Fair which was 14-17 June for this year.
As the only selected publisher from the Middle East, Tuti Books competed in Asia alongside publishers from China, Japan, and South Korea for the best publisher of the continent. Anhui Children’s Publishing House from China, Bronze Publishing from Japan, Mirae Media & Books, and Picturebook Gongjackso, both from South Korea, were other Asian companies competing for the prize.
The BOP -“Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year”- was first established in the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Book Fair in 2013. It is an occasion to highlight publishers at the forefront of innovation in their activity for the creative nature of the editorial choices they have made during the previous year.
The Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year is comparatively young among the many Bologna awards, having been established in 2013. It has been organized by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and AIE – Italian Publishers Association in partnership with IPA – International Publishers Association, awards those publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their professional and intellectual skills in each of the six areas of the world: Africa, Central and South America, North America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
This year’s winning children’s publishers are based in Tanzania, Switzerland, Iran, the United States, Colombia, and New Zealand.
Here’s the 2021 shortlist of the children’s publishing houses most recommended in each of the six geographical areas by publishers, publishers’ associations and institutions devoted to reading promotion worldwide:
Cassava Republic, Nigeria
Winner: Mkuki na Nyota, Tanzania
New Africa Books, South Africa
Protea Boekhuis, South Africa
Yanbow Al Kitab, Morocco
Anhui Children’s Publishing House, China
Bronze Publishing, Japan
Mirae Media & Books, South Korea
Picturebook Gongjackso, South Korea
Winner: Tuti Books, Iran
Winner: Éditions La Joie de Lire, Switzerland
Liels un Mazs, Latvia
Pato Lógico, Portugal
Eerdmans Publishing, USA
La Courte Échelle, Canada
Winner: Lee & Low Books, USA
Levine Querido, USA
Central and South America
Editorial Amanuta, Chile
Pallas Editora, Brazil
Rey Naranjo, Colombia
Winner: Tragaluz Editores, Colombia
Affirm Press, Australia
Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Australia
Little Pink Dog Books, Australia
Magabala Books, Australia
Winner: Oratia Media, New Zealand