Picture book publishers from around the world are being invited to enter for China’s Chen Bochui awards, which will be held during the Shanghai Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) in November.
The awards launched in 1981, named after Chinese children’s author Chen Bochui. Last year was the first year that it was opened up to international picture books (awards were given to Macmillan UK and Macmillan US), but this is the first time international publishers can submit titles of their choice.
Publishers can enter any picture books or illustrated books for children aged 0-16 that were published this year via the CCBF website. The judges are looking for “titles which are age-appropriate, which interpret their themes in an original and creative style [and] help the child learn and stimulate the imagination”.
The winner of the Chen Bochui international children’s literature award will receive 20,000 RMB (£2,058) at this year’s CCBF, which is taking place 13th-15th November.
The organisers of CCBF are predicting visitor numbers will increase to 30,000 this year, up from 25,000 in 2014.
Fair director Randy Wang said: "The increasing demand by Chinese consumers for children's books means that there are many opportunities for non-Chinese publishers. As a result we are planning to welcome publishers from around 30 countries, together with authors and illustrators who will get the chance to meet young readers at our hugely popular public events".
Last year UK publishers such as Hachette Children’s, Little Tiger and Hot Key Books reported “insatiable” demand for their titles during the fair.
Picture books, sticker books and series titles were particularly popular, although Chinese publishers were less interested in Young Adult titles.