‘Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’ Named at Bologna Book Fair

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Named in six parts of the world, Bologna’s sixth annual cohort of ‘Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’ is announced on the first evening of the book fair.

At the Palazzo d’Accursio, the Sala Farnese on March 26 hosts the 2018 prize ceremony of the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair. Image: BolognaFiere

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 Yearpublishers, 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.

Awards awaiting distribution at Bologna’s prize ceremony. Image: BolognaFiere

2018 Bologna Prize Best Children’s Publishers of the Year

Jacana Media, South Africa

Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Japan

Dwie Siostry Publishers, Poland 

North America
Éditions D’eux, Canada 

Central and South America
Ediciones Tecolote, Mexico

OneTree House, New Zealand

At the Palazzo d’Accursio in Bologna . Image: BolognaFiere

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.