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Bologna Children’s Book Fair Honors “Best Publishers” with New Prizes

By Dennis Abrams

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year, BolognaFiere and AIE, the Italian Publishers Association, will be launching a new initiative to pay tribute to excellent in the world of children’s publishing with. The Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year has been created to pay tribute to publishers who are at the forefront of innovation and for the creative editorial choices they have made since the previous year’s fair.

The winners will be invited to write a brief piece about the work of a children’s publisher to be read at the prize ceremony.

The recipients will not be chosen by a jury of experts, but by the publishing houses themselves that are participating in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, on the basis of a series of nominations made by international Publishers associations and cultural institutions representing book publishers worldwide.

Six prizes shall be awarded, one for each geographical area: Asia, Africa, Central-South America, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

The winners will be announced at Bologna at the Ceremony recognizing the 50th anniversary of the fair, on March 26, 2003.

For further information about the award, click here.

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