The World in Multicolour

Nominated for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year 2017 at the Bologna Book Fair!

in: Children's books

We are thrilled to announce our nomination for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year 2017, administered by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!

What is the BOP?

The Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year acknowledges the most significant publishers in each of the six areas of the world: Africa, Central and South America, North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania’. We are one of five publishers nominated in the Europe category – and the only publisher from the UK!

Last year’s winners were:

AFRICA: Bumble Books di Publishing Print Matters; ASIA: Kalimat dagli Emirati Arabi Uniti; EUROPA: Andersen Press; NORTH AMERICA: Groundwood Books; SOUTH AMERICA: Ediciones EkaréOCEANIA: Book Island

How we were nominated

The exhibitors at the book fair were invited to submit the names of seven publishers (two for their own geographical area and one for each of the other categories) that ‘have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills’. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair and AIE – the Italian Publishers’ Association – came up with a list of nominations by counting the number of times a publisher’s name had been submitted. 

What happens next

The attending exhibitors are now in the process of casting their votes for the best children’s publisher in each geographical category. The deadline for voting is on the 28th of February. Six publishers will be given an award – and we may – with a lot of finger crossing! – be one of them. Whatever happens now, however, we are just delighted and proud to have come this far.


Many, many thanks to everyone who nominated us and supported us throughout these past two and a half years. We are grateful and humbled by your faith in us and in our mission to bring UK children’s publishing one step closer towards achieving a more diverse and inclusive children’s book landscape for the next generation of young readers.

Because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read.

To buy our books, please click here.

Alice, Katrina and Caroline

Nadine Kaadan’s ‘Stories and Songs for Syrians’: Building bridges, not walls

in: Cultural diversity


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At Lantana, we believe in the power of children’s stories to teach empathy and create a culture of kindness. Nadine Kaadan, award-winning Syrian author and illustrator of The Jasmine Sneeze, has been a wonderful inspiration. Now more than ever, children’s books are needed to foster compassion and harmony, and this is why we are very proud to support ‘Stories and Songs for Syrians‘, a weekend of storytelling, music and art to welcome Syrian refugee children in the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire communities.

The event, run by Nadine and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, co-founder of Babel Babies, will be held in both English and Arabic to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Nadine will give a book reading and an art workshop on two of her books: The Jasmine Sneeze, about a lovable cat who learns the importance of the jasmine flower to the people of Damascus, and Ghadan, about a child’s life during war. Together, these books offer a deep reflection on the Syrian experience.

The event is from 1-4pm and will be at The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop in Cheltenham on Saturday, 4 February and The Friendship Cafe in Gloucestershire on Sunday, 5 February. Please reserve your space on the Babel Babies website by Thursday, 2 February.

You can also support the project by making a contribution to their online appeal or buying a copy of The Jasmine Sneeze from their site. Everything they raise will be given to Hands Up Foundation, a UK-based charity that funds humanitarian and development projects for displaced Syrians in camps in Lebanon and Turkey, including emergency relief to survive the harsh winter.

We are very proud to have donated books to such an important initiative. If you are in the area, be sure to join one or more of the events! We think they will be magical – and surely the best way to spend National Storytelling Week.

And a little reminder of why The Jasmine Sneeze is so special:

The Jasmine Sneeze is a funny, magical tale set in Damascus whose conclusion gently suggests that there is room for us all in this world and that tolerance will triumph ultimately. Really lovely book with scope for lots of rereadings!’ – Guardian Witness

‘Kaadan has the wonderful ability to weave her gorgeous watercolour illustrations and traditional aspects of Syrian life into a whimsical children’s story that captures the essence of her hometown of Damascus.’ – R. SikoraOrient News

‘This enchanting story and delectable illustrations with their rich swirling colours and patterns on every page demonstrates Syria’s long and proud cultural heritage at a time when it has been marred by five years of war.’ – Outside In World

The Jasmine Sneeze is a fantastically vibrant read which takes the reader through a world of senses, accompanied by a comical cat… I haven’t read such a satisfying picture book in a while.’  Evie IoannidiNot Now, Adulthood

To buy your copy, please click here.