Exciting news! We have been nominated for the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher of the Year Prize by IBBY UK! This prize is awarded to publishers in Africa, Central and South America, North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania for “their creative and publishing excellence in 2016, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills” so we’re thrilled to have been selected.
All of our books are conceived and published with originality and excellence in mind. We work with some of the best illustrators and authors from Iran and the UK – and plan to expand our output to publish culturally diverse books from across the world. Our energy and passion stems from our belief that stories can be the best messengers of peace and understanding. Our books offer different perspectives on universal themes such as love, friendship and freedom giving our readers a greater awareness of the colourful world we live in. You can read about our 2016 titles here: A Bottle of Happiness, Bijan & Manije, The Jackal who thought he was a Peacock, Will & Nill, A Rainbow in my Pocket and The Orange House.
We are very grateful to IBBY UK who nominated us for this award:
British publishing is very resistant to books from other countries, with only a small proportion of children’s books published in translation here, so IBBY UK welcomes an enterprising new publisher that is bringing Iranian books to a British audience, widening and enriching our children’s reading… Tiny Owl books are striking in their originality and beauty, the range of illustrative styles and the thoughtfulness of their stories.
Clive Barnes, IBBY UK.
The winners will be chosen by the publishing houses participating in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, along with those of Publishers Associations and book and reading institutions throughout the world. The official award ceremony will be held on 3rd April 2017.
• You can read an interview with co-founder Delaram Ghanimifard on the IBBY UK website.
• Read Laura Davies article on Tiny Owl’s books and why she thinks they are perfect reading at home and in schools.