March 26, 2014 - The 2014 winner of the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year in the Oceania region is Walker Books Australia based in Sydney and Auckland, a division of the global Walker Books Group.
The Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year, an initiative first launched in 2013, pays tribute to excellence in the world of children’s publishing. The prize was established by BolognaFiere in cooperation with AIE – Italian Publishers Association, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair.
There are six prizes, one for each geographical area: Africa, North America, Central-South America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
The Prize has been created to recognise publishers at the forefront of innovation in the industry, as well as celebrate the creative nature and bravery of the editorial choices they have made during the previous year’s edition of the fair. The aim is to highlight the editorial projects, professional skills and intellectual qualities of work produced by publishing houses all over the world. At the same time, the prize is designed to foster reciprocal knowledge and mutual exchange of ideas among different countries, diverse areas and cultural identities across the globe.
“It is a wonderful acknowledgement to have been nominated for this award, let alone win it. It is a real thrill and honour for all of us to know that 16,420 km away our industry peers are appreciating our books. We are immensely grateful to our rights and export colleagues who bring our books to Bologna year in, and year out,” said Sarah Foster, Managing Director and Publisher of Walker Books Australia.
The prize-winners are not chosen by a jury of experts, but by the publishing houses participating in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, on the basis of a series of nominations made by the international Publishers Associations and cultural institutions representing book publishers worldwide.
About Walker Books Australia:
Established in 1993, Walker Books Australia has been bringing the best of children’s publishing to Australian children for over 20 years and is recognised as a market leader in quality children’s publishing. The company is dedicated to publishing books of unwavering quality for children and young adults to read and treasure. Equally, Walker Books is passionate about the Australian Children’s book industry and renowned as a haven for the most highly talented authors and illustrators, both emerging and award¬-winning. For more about Walker Books visit: http://www.walkerbooks.com.au/
About the Walker Books Group:
The Walker Books Group is one of the world’s leading independent publishers of books and content for children. This vibrant international group includes Walker Books UK, London; Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts; and Walker Books Australia, based in Sydney and Auckland. Renowned for its truly original publishing and outstanding quality, the Walker Books Group is home to books for readers of all ages. Award-winning authors and illustrators for the group include National Ambassador for Children's Literature, Kate DiCamillo, M.T Anderson, Patrick Ness, and Jon Klassen, and major brands for the group are Maisy, Guess How Much I Love You, Tilly and Friends, the widely acclaimed Judy Moody and the bestselling Where’s Wally/Where’s Waldo.
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