The Portuguese publisher Orfeu Negro was voted the best in Europe by the Book Fair of Bologna, which began today in Italy, the organization announced.
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair created in 2013 a prize that recognizes the work of the most innovative book publishers for children and young people in different geographical areas, with Orfeu Negro being distinguished as the best in Europe.
Founded in 2007 and dedicated mainly to the essay, focusing on the contemporary arts, from dance to photography, Orfeu Negro created in 2008 the Orfeu Mini collection dedicated only to the illustrated book for the youngest, and it was for this literary work that now received the prize .
In a decade, Orfeu Negro edited about a dozen picture books, most of them foreign authors, notably Oliver Jeffers, John Klassen, Davide Cali, Benjamin Chaud, Ana Pez, Manuel Marsol, and Carson Ellis.
There are also some Portuguese authors present in the Orfeu Negro catalog, namely Catarina Sobral, Madalena Moniz, Carolina Celas and Mariana Malhão.
This is a non-monetary prize, but the winners are chosen by the publishers participating in the fair in Bologna, considered the most relevant in the area of literature and illustration for children and youth.
In 2013, in the first edition, the European prize was awarded to the Portuguese publisher Planeta Tangerina.
The Logical Duck was nominated in 2016.
The 56th edition of the Bologna fair will run until Thursday. This year Switzerland is the country in the spotlight.