The Bologna Children's Book Fair announced the winners of its annual BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year. The prizes cover six regions around the world and are sponsored by the fair, as well as the AIE – Associazione Italiana Editori, and the International Publishers Association.
The winners, with citations, are as follows:
Africa: Mkuki na Nyota, Tanzania, is a publishing house founded in 1981 whose work not only encourages and promotes reading, but cultivates indigenous literature as a way of safeguarding and sharing Tanzanian culture around the world.
Asia: Tuti Books, Iran, is a publisher that works to bring world literature to all Iranian children and young adults.
North America: Levine Querido, U.S., focuses on works by authors and creators from under-represented backgrounds, notably people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, Latinx creators, indigenous artists and writers, creators with disabilities, members of minority religions, and more.
Central and South America: Tragaluz Editores, Colombia, was founded in 2005, and seeks to create engaging books in which reading is seen, touched and felt – an experience for all of the senses.
Oceania: Oratia Media, an eclectic publishing house from New Zealand with a strong focus on high-quality editing, design, and printing.