Established by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in collaboration with the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) and the International Publishers Association (IPA), the BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year acknowledges TOP children’s publishers across the world.
What makes it so special is that the prize is given by the publishers themselves who are asked to nominate those publishing houses that have stood out in terms of their creativity, innovation, and the quality of their editorial choices.
These are the 2020 BOP WINNERS:
For Africa the winner is African Bureau Stories (Ghana), a new children's publishing house that produces delightful children's books by African writers and illustrators for children. From Ghana to Tanzania and to South Africa African Bureau Stories brings contemporary stories from across the African continent.
For Asia the prize goes to Jieli Publishing House (China). Founded in 1990, JIELI specializes in literature for children and young adults. JIELI is committed to continuously exporting original Chinese masterpieces and introducing best-selling and classic works from various countries into the domestic market.
For Europe the winner is Camelozampa (Italy). Founded in 2011, Camelozampa aims to publish fresh and inspiring picture books and novels that help young readers in pursuing happiness, understanding diversities and becoming aware of themselves. One of its strong points is the rediscovery of international masterpieces.
For North America the winner is Les 400 coups (Canada). Celebrating 25 years of publishing, Les 400 coups is solely dedicated to children's literature by publishing eccentric picture books. Both fun and serious, Les 400 coups offers its readers an array of stunning, humorous, thought-provoking, and often even startling titles that stimulate reflection.
CENTRAL - SOUTH AMERICA
For Central and South America the prize is awarded to Alboroto Ediciones (Mexico). Alboroto offers its readers an array of thought-provoking books that are meant to disrupt through images. Alboroto’s books tackle several topics related to the social context, from dictatorship to exile, from social integration to disability.
For Oceania, the prize was assigned to Windy Hollow Books (Australia). Windy Hollow has been publishing high quality, literary picture books by Australian authors and illustrators for the past 14 years. The Company works with established authors and illustrators but also make it its mission to find and nurture new talent.