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Posted by Tom, March 13, 2014

We’ve been shortlisted for the Best Children’s Publisher of the year Bologna Prize!

The Nosy Crow stand at Bologna

Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for the Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the year! There are six prizes: one for each geographical area (Asia, Africa, Central-South America, Europe, North America, and Oceania), and we’re one of only two publishers from the UK nominated in the European category.

The prize, now in its second year (and inaugurated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair) exists to pay tribute to publishers “at the forefront of innovation in their activity for the creative nature of the editorial choices they have made”, and the eventual winners are decided by vote – every publishing house participating in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is eligible to cast a ballot.

It’s an incredible honour to have been recognised in this way – not only for the association with the Bologna Fair (which is the most important event in our calendar) but particularly for a prize that is decided by our peers around the world.

We’re also very pleased to see our friends at Allen & Unwin recognised in the Oceania category. And, rather hearteningly, seeing the shortlists, and the names of the publishers recognised alongside Nosy Crow (not just in our category, but in every group) has prompted us to have a look at the websites of publishers we didn’t even know about, and be reminded of the wonderful diversity of children’s publishing around the world: it’s truly a privilege to be in this industry.

The winners of the prizes will be announced at the Book Fair at the end of this month – so wish us luck! And if you’re representing a publishing house who’ll be attending the fair, we’d be incredibly grateful for your vote! If you need guidance on how to vote, please do send an email to [email protected] and we’d be very happy to send instructions to navigate the (somewhat interminable) Bologna Fair website.

Now – back to preparations for the fair itself…