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Best of NZ’s children’s books on international display

The best of New Zealand’s children’s books and authors will be on international display this week at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

This year, for the first time, the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has taken a stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. This Fair has been the reference event for publishers, authors, illustrators, literary agents and professional involved in the world of publishing and content for children for 55 years.

Local publishers making the most of this opportunity to showcase their books to the world include Gecko Press, Oratia Media, Upstart Press, Millwood Press, Black Chook Books and One Tree House.

Two publishers, Oratia Media and One Tree House have been nominated for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year. This award acknowledges the achievements of six publishers, one for each of the six areas of the globe (Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South and Central America and Oceania). Nominees for this award are considered to have stood out for their creativity, courage and quality of their editorial choices.

New Zealand authors and illustrators are also under the spotlight. Award-winning illustrator, Donovan Bixley will deliver a workshop and a talk at the Illustrators Survival Corner during the week, as will illustrator/publisher Martin Bailey.

The highlight of Fair is the announcement of revered Hans Christian Anderson Award. One of New Zealand’s most successful children’s authors, Joy Cowley ONZ is on the shortlist of five. The winner will be announced on Monday 26 March (Tuesday 27 March, morning, New Zealand time).

‘The children’s book market in New Zealand is thriving,’ says Catriona Ferguson, Association Director, Publishers Association of NZ. ‘A number of new children’s publishers have sprung up over recent years, complementing books published by existing successful children’s publishers such as Gecko Press and Scholastic New Zealand.’

The New Zealand presence at the book fair is supported by Creative New Zealand.

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