CODE is incredibly proud to share that publishing house, Editions Ganndal – founded by Aliou Sow, CODE's Chef de projet on PAGE Mali, was named the winner of the grand prize for the best African publisher of youth books of the year at the International Book Fair of Bologna, held earlier this month. As far back as 1992, CODE worked with Mr. Sow in Guinea on projects such as the Visuel Dictionary, and supported Ganndal (and others) as a publisher. Today – 25 years later – that investment is one of the reasons why Ganndal exists and continues to contribute to strengthen and sustain literate environments in Africa.
“I cannot forget that without the full support of CODE since 1992, editions Ganndal would not have become what it is today. I am happy to share this recognition at the 25th anniversary of Ganndal with all of you at CODE.”
– Aliou Sow
Established by the Children’s Book Fair in collaboration with the Italian Association of Publishers (AIE) – The “BOP” – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year acknowledges one publisher from each of the six areas of the world, selected for their creativity and the quality of their editorial choices over the last year. The six winners were honoured with the prestigious prize at the Archiginnasio Library in Bologna, as always on the first day of the Children’s Book Fair, which this year is in its 54th edition.
CONGRATULATIONS ALIOU! CODE is so proud to be working with you to support children’s publishing around the world.
The prize for North America went to Kids Can Press, Canada, a publishing house established in 1973 by a small group of women in Toronto that wanted to publish children’s books, illustrated books, fiction and also non-fiction.
Valerie Hussey, one of the original founders and former owner of Kids Can Press, is a CODE Ambassador. In 1996, through CODE, she worked with Kenyan publishers and participated in the launch of Kitabu House, Kenya Children's Book Project, in Nairobi.