Typogryzmol and Wytwórnik Kulinarny Win at the Bologna Children's Book Fair
small, Typogryzmol and Wytwórnik Kulinarny Win at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, An illustration from Typogryzmol by Jan Bajtlik, Dwie Siostry publishing house, source: publisher’s promotional materials, typogryzmol.jpg
Two Polish titles received prestigious distinctions presented for the best artworks in children’s literature – Jan Bajtlik’s book that helps the youngsters to discover the world of typography and a creative culinary workbook by Katarzyna Bogucka and Szymon Tomiło.
Typogryzmol is an activity book that helps children to learn the letters of the alphabet. But it’s not just the typical ABCs – it’s also for scribbling, drawing, painting and pasting. The jury appreciated both its educational value and beautiful artwork. As the jury explained:
This book is a striking and engaging adventure in typography, inviting child readers to play with letters and words to tap into their own creativity and discover what letters and words can do. Typogryzmol celebrates design by combining diverse styles of imagery: collage, drawings, and graphics, with very clever use of eye-catching fluorescent colours.
The book was distinguished in the Non-Fiction category. Jan Bajtlik, born in 1989, is an author of text and illustrations and a representative of the young generation of Polish illustrators. He creates illustrations and posters, and designs books for the youngest readers. He also conducts typography workshops for children. His works, children’s literature publications and socially engaged posters, have often been awarded. He received a distinction in the Książka Roku 2011 / Book of the Year 2011 competition, organized by the Polish section of IBBY, for his Europa Pingwina Popo / Penguin Popo’s Europe in the picture book category. Sposób latania / A way to fly on the other hand was nominated for the main prize in the Książka dobrze zaprojektowana – zacznijmy od dzieci / A Book Well-Designed – Children First competition (Katowice 2008).
Wytwórnik kulinarny, a second issue from a series of creative workbooks published by Wydawnictwo Wytwórnia, is an invitation for a feast and for composition of one’s own, unique culinary notebook. The workbook was created by Katarzyna Bogucka, a graphic designer, an illustrator and a graduate of Painting Faculty of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, and a graphic designer and a chef – Szymon Tomiło. Together they form a project studio NIOSKA. Their book has received a distinction in a new category Books&Seeds, dedicated to titles related to agriculture, organic food, biological diversity, nutrition and cooking. Awarded publications will be showcased during the Bologna fairs and will become a part of Biodiversity Park at the EXPO Milano 2015.
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The Bologna Ragazzi Award is the most prestigious distinction in the world of children’s literature and has just celebrated its 50th anniversary. It’s organized by Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Publishers submit their best productions, thus guaranteeing an exceptionally high standard of candidates. An international jury evaluates the editorial and graphic values of submitted works in 5 categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Opera Prima (for debutants whose works were recently published), New Horizons (for innovative publications from Latin America, Asia and Africa) and Digital (for mobile apps). The awards presentation will take place on 30th March, 2015, during the formal opening of the fair. The complete list of awarded publications is available here.
Polish books are regularly recognized at the Bologna fair. In previous years, awards were presented to Iwona Chmielewska (twice; in 2011 for her A House of the Mind: Maum, and in 2013 for Oczy / Eyes), Marta Ignerska (Wszystko gra / Playing Everything) and Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński (Co z Ciebie wyrośnie / What Will You Grow up to Be?). In 2014 the main prize in the non-fiction category was awarded to the authors of Majn Alef Bejs – an ABC book which presents the Hebrew letters of the Yiddish language. The book consists of text written by Jehoszua Kaminski and illustrations by Urszula Palusińska.
Source: http://www.bookfair.bolognafiere.it, The Book Institute, ed. PZ, 17/02/2015, translated by Agata Dudek, 18/02/2015