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Who’s Publishing the Most Innovative Digital Kid’s Books?

What’s most encouraging about the Ragazzi Digital Award is the wide variety of publishers that competed.

By Dennis Abrams

e-Toiles Editions 'Dans Mon Reve'

Sunday’s TOC Bologna conference ended with the announcement of the winner of the first annual Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award – an digital extension of Bologna’s prestigious Ragazzi illustration and design prizes. The winner was French: Dans Mon Reve (In My Dreams) by e-Toiles Editions, which offers a visual, interactive riff on the children’s game “head, shoulders, knees and toes.”

Two honorable mentions were given to “The Numberlys,” by Louisiana’s Moonbot Studios, and Quem Soltou O Pum? (Who Farted?) from Brazil’s Companhia das Letras.

The jurors were Warren Buckleitner, Editor of Children’s Technology Review (USA) André Letria, Illustrator and Publisher (Portugal), Chris Meade, Director of if:book (UK), and Cristina Mussinelli of the Italian Publishers Association (Italy).

Perhaps what’s most encouraging, beyond the beautiful apps, is the news that such a wide variety of publishers competed: there were 252 entries by 179 publishers from 25 countries.

So tell us, who do you believe is doing the most innovative digital children’s books? Give us an early clue to who will win next year — we’d love to talk to them.

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3 Comments

  1. Cintia
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I think Nosy Crow does a great job of turning familiar classics into modern, cool stories for kids. The artwork and programming are also masterly done.

  2. Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    We were one of the 20 finalists with out app Timo and the Magical Picture Book. Off course we hope to win the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award next year with one of our apps!
    Here is a list of all the 20 finalist.

  3. Posted June 5, 2012 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    I agree with you, but i can’t realize your last paragraph. Could you explain it, please?

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