The Bologna Best Children’s Publisher of the Year Prize – BOP – acknowledges the most significant publishers in each of the six areas of the world: Africa, Central and South America, North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
Instituted by Bologna Children’s Book Fair in partnership with AIE - Italian Publishers Association - the prize is awarded to those publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills.
Last year’s winners were:
Africa: Bumble Books di Publishing Print Matters;
Asia: Kalimat dagli Emirati Uniti;
Europe: Anderson Press;
North America: Groundwood Books;
South America: Ediciones Ekare
Oceania: Book Island
This year, Lantana Publishing has been nominated. There are 5 nominees for the Europe category, and they are the only UK publisher on the list.
Priding themselves on the cultural diversity of their catalogue, Lantana's books have been popular in the schools in our group. 'Dragon Dancer' was long listed for our 2016 awards (review here) and we have reviewed a number of their other titles (Looking for Lord Ganesh The Ammuchi Puchi .The Tigon and the Liger )
We wish them good luck!