For the 21st time, Varkaus city in Finland is choosing the best Finnish language children’s novel of the year. The city is proud to have a strong, yearly tradition of holding the competition, where an adult pre-jury reads all the children’s novels published during the previous year and chooses the finalists; afterwards, a children’s jury of six members reads shortlisted titles and chooses the winner. The competing books are aimed for the middle grade readers (aged 8–13) and the jury members represent the same age group.
In its statement, the pre-jury emphasised the quality of Finnish children’s literature. As many as 60 children’s novels were published in 2020, and authors were praised for not shying away from difficult topics, as well as for their literary skill and authorship. Additionally, Finnish children’s literature seems to be full of humour, funny mishaps and exciting adventures.
Congratulations to all the nominees, and fingers crossed!
As stated on the publisher’s website, Changbi is a publishing house that represents “the finest critical, intellectual, and cultural thought in South Korea and other countries”. Since the mid 1970s, the publisher has been vocal in supporting democratisation movements, often becoming a target of government oppression. In addition to an impressive list of renowned scholars, Changbi proudly publishes a flourishing collection of children’s books, which has been continuously expanding in the last decade. The deal has been made with the help of our partner in South Korea, Momo Agency.
This is the 9th foreign rights deal for the title, which has recently been published in the UK and Estonia. In the recent interview with Österbottens tidning newspaper, Klingenberg praised the HLA’s part in the global success of the book: “When [HLA] became my agency, that’s when things started happening. It’s really cool.” And we thank our authors for the wonderful books that are a pleasure to represent!
Congratulations to Malin and Sanna on the success!
:DWUKROPEK is an imprint of MAC / JUKA publishing children’s books for various ages. As stated on the publisher’s website, they are committed to bringing to the readers “engaging, colourful stories, fantasy and crime fiction at its best, as well as beautiful illustrations”. It is an awarded house whose books have received wild acclaim among the critics; however, according to the publisher, the most important reviewer for them is the young reader, to whom Dwukropek strives to provide joy, knowledge and adventures with each new book and each page turned.