Friday, February 23, 2018

Oratia shortlisted for Best Children's Publishers of the Year, Oceania

It's a nice surprise to receive news that Oratia Books has been nominated in the Oceania section for the Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publishers of the Year, alongside four very worthy nominees.

The BOP Prize is awarded each year to highlight the editorial projects, professional skills and intellectual qualities of work produced by publishing houses all over the world. It aims to foster the mutual exchange of knowledge and culture between different nations.

Six prizes are awarded by geographical area. Oratia joins fellow New Zealand publisher OneTree House, and Australian publishers Magadala Books, Scribble Kids Books and Windy Hollow Books, on the shortlist for Oceania. Click here to see the full shortlists.

The award will be decided by votes from exhibitors attending the Bologna Children's Book Fair from 26–29 March 2018.

Children's books make up approximately 40% of our annual publication list, with a focus on evocative picture books, Māori culture and, increasingly, non-fiction for children and young adults.

Carolyn Lagahetau, Editorial Director
As Publisher, I'd like to give credit for this nomination to Carolyn Lagahetau, Editorial Director of Oratia Media and a long-time champion of children's literature in New Zealand.

Carolyn's guiding hand, author relations and professionalism have given rise to a collection of books that are fun, informative and produced to the highest standards.

Our appreciation to the Bologna Children's Book Fair for this honour. The winners will be announced at the official opening of the fair — the world's premiere gathering of children's books — in Bologna, Italy on Monday 26 March.

— Peter Dowling, Publisher, Oratia Books

Exhibitors can get to vote through a link to the book fair website:
Express your vote on the reserved area at this link
Please log in using your Exhibitor username and password and choose your candidates.
Do not forget, you will be able to choose only one candidate for each geographical area.
Please take note that the poll service is available until March 8th 2018.

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