Established in 2013, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year is an extraordinary occasion to highlight publishers at the forefront of innovation in their activity for the creative nature of the editorial choices they have made during the previous year.
The prize, organized by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and AIE - Italian Publishers Association in partnership with IPA – International Publishers Association, awards those publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their professional and intellectual skills in each of the six areas of the world: Africa, Central and South America, North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. At the same time, the prize is designed to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas among different countries, areas and cultural identities across the world.
The prize-winning publishers are chosen by the exhibitors taking part in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair among a shortlist based on nominations they send in along with those of publishers associations and institutions devoted to book and reading promotion worldwide.
The winners are announced on the occasion of the official opening of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and a selection of titles of all the shortlisted publishers is showcased at the fair receiving widespread visibility in the print, press and social networks.