WHO IS WHO?
Kristine Jonuša (Foreign Rights Manager)
Alise Nigale (Publisher)
LIELS UN MAZS is an independent, family-owned children’s book publisher founded in 2004, based in Riga, Latvia. Since the very beginning, our focus has been on publishing contemporary picture books and quality fiction created by the most talented Latvian writers and illustrators.
We also publish a great deal of poetry for children, because we love the way poetry plays with language and invites children to play along with it. We publish books to develop children’s artistic and literary taste and to enrich their reading experience.
In these dark times, our books more than ever help children stay calm, understand, and accept the world, themselves, and their emotions. But books also take the currently impossible and make it possible: travelling, meeting friends, and taking a break from non-stop online mode.
We also publish a list of thoughtfully selected translations from the best children’s authors, including Piret Raud, Kestutis Kasparavicius, Barbro Lindgren, Ulf Stark, Sven Nordqvist, Maria Parr, Carll Cneut, Kitty Crowther, Janosch, Claude Ponti, André Letria, Jacques Vriens, Shaun Tan, Edward van de Vendel, Andri Snær Magnason, Romana Romanyshyn, and Andriy Lesiv.
In 2014, we successfully launched the sale of rights, and now our books have been translated into English, German, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Italian, French, Japanese, Swedish, and other languages.
In 2021, we were shortlisted for the Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year for Europe for the fourth year in a row.
21-113 Picture books
21-118 Text books
C Middle grade
D Young adults