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

In Discussion by Dennis Abrams

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.

About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.