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Over 180 Italian children's book experts, booksellers, librarians, journalists and scholars have voted Magic Candies by Heena Baek as the best children's book of 2023, awarding it the overall Andersen SuperPrize, on top of the win in the Best Picture Book category. Heena Baek's spell-binding storytelling has worked its magic!!
The Italian edition of Dallergut Dream Department Store by Lee Mi-ye is now out from Mondadori!
Kelly Zhang Interviews Foreign Rights Agent Chiara Tognetti
Italy will be guest of honour at the Festival du Livre de Paris 2023 and Frankfurt Book Fair 2024. A great time for Italian children's books to cross borders! Here's my interview talking about trends and opportunities with New Italian Books, a trilingual platform that supports the promotion of Italian books abroad:
Interested to understand more about my work selling Korean children's, YA and crossover titles to the West? Read my article featured on K-Book Trends (VOL.51/2022.10):
Say Hello? by Sung Mi Kim, originally published by Bear Books in South Korea and published in English by Berbay Publishing, is listed among the 16 picture books recommended by Kirkus for this Fall!
Say Hello? by Sung Mi Kim, has also been reviewed by the New York Times in their September 16 2022 issue:
SAY HELLO?, by Sung Mi Kim. Translated by Clare Richards. (Berbay, $18.99, ages 3 to 6.) For shy children, or anyone apprehensive when navigating new situations, this picture book about missed opportunities to greet one another is a must. Through her masterly use of evasive language and negative space, Kim whimsically exhorts us to connect.
Talking with Francesca Romana Grasso and Marina Petruzio on Italian children's literature magazine BaMbini (issue June 2022) about the job of a Rights Agent.
Italian (Mondadori) and Spanish (Editorial Oceano) deals for Dallergut Dream Department Store featured in Publishing Perspectives (6th May 2022):
Hippu and Heppu and the House by Oili Tanninen, one of Finland’s most treasured creators of children’s literature are published in Italian by Lupoguido! Here a lovely review from blog Scaffale Basso:
Chiara Tognetti in conversation with Helen Yang on Chinese Books for Young Readers (Vol. 149, 2nd March 2022)
The Spanish edition of Magic Candies by Heena Baek published by Editorial Kókinos is featured in El Pais' list of best children's books of 2021.
Spanish and Catalan eight-book deal (Editorial Kókinos) for Heena Baek's picture books features in Publishing Perspectives (7th May 2021):