Kalimat, the Sharjah based award-winning publisher of Arabic children’s books and an imprint of Kalimat Group, has been shortlisted for the second consecutive year to receive the ‘BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’ at the acclaimed Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
First established to mark 50th Anniversary Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2013, the award aims to pay tribute to publishers at the forefront of innovation in their activity for the creative nature of the editorial choices they have made during the previous year’s edition of the fair.
Speaking about the award, Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and CEO of Kalimat, said, “The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is one of the most important platforms in the international children’s publishing arena and plays a vital role in encouraging and facilitating intra-industry collaboration and exchange. It is, therefore, both an honour and a privilege to once again be recognised at this level. This nomination will highlight the vibrant children book industry in the UAE and Arab World which has become able to compete on global stage. It is our hope that the exposure that the winner gets will encourage other publishers to step up their efforts in promoting this vital sector.”
Now in its second year, The BOP – Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year aims to recognise excellence in the world of children’s publishing and is organised by BolognaFiere and AIE – Italian Publishers Association. Subdivided into six geographical regions, namely Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, North America, and Central-South America, the award aims to highlight the exceptional editorial projects, professional skills and intellectual qualities of work produced by publishing houses across the globe. The prize is furthermore designed to foster reciprocal knowledge and mutual exchange of ideas among different countries, diverse areas and cultural identities from all over the world. Kalimat, who is one of five publishing houses shortlisted, is the only publisher to be nominated from the Arab world. The winners will be announced in Bologna during the opening ceremony of the Fair on Monday the 24th of March 2014.
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In 2013 the fair attracted around 1,200 exhibitors from 75 countries and 25,000 international professional trade representatives and offered more than 20,000 square meters of exhibition space.
Kalimat is the first publishing house in the UAE dedicated solely to publishing and distributing high quality Arabic children’s books. With over a 140 publications to its credit since inception six years ago, Kalimat focuses on producing books that the children of the UAE and the region can relate to, with vibrant illustrations and stories that talk about the value of family, relationships, simplicity, and happiness.
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