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Kindness, environmental themes popular at Bologna

Australian publishers have reported an ‘upbeat’ Bologna Children’s Book Fair, with middle-grade books continuing to dominate the market, and kindness and environmental themes emerging as new trends. Books with a focus on feminism and diversity, which were popular at last year’s fair, also continued to attract interest.

It was a particularly successful fair for Scribe’s picture-book list Scribble, which won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category and was profiled in one of the Bookseller’s Bologna editions. Scribble recently announced that it will begin publishing titles directly into North America in September—it already does so in the UK through Scribe’s London office—following the international success of its picture book All the Ways to Be Smart.

Andrea Hanke
Think Australian


Category: Think Australian Junior Editorial