By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
‘Professional and Intellectual Skills’In the Sala Farnese at the Palazzo d’Accursio, Monday evening’s (March 26) prize ceremony featured the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair‘s most eagerly sought awards.
Perhaps at the top of the list are the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year—publishers, plural, because one is given for each of six parts of the world.
The prize, organized by the Bologna fair in partnership with Association of Italian Publishers (Associazione Italiana Editori, AIE), awards “those publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the last year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills.”
Not least in the prize organizers’ intentions is the goal of “fostering a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas among different nations and areas of the world.” In other words, an interest here is not only in praising good work but in getting these colleagues to talk with each other about it and spread the smarts.
It’s interesting, too, that the criteria with which the jurors are working are said by organizers to include courage as well as creativity and editorial choices.
2018 Bologna Prize Best Children’s Publishers of the Year
Jacana Media, South Africa
Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Japan
Dwie Siostry Publishers, Poland
Éditions D’eux, Canada
Central and South America
Ediciones Tecolote, Mexico
OneTree House, New Zealand
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