Nissan to publish winning entries to 32nd Childrens Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix
By Scott Green
December 18, 2016
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will publish the two winning entries to the 32nd Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix, which was held in 2015. Miya Aikawas Nichiyoubi no Chiisana Daibouken (Small Sunday Adventure) illustrated by Akemi Miyazaki, the winner of the 29th Picture Book Grand Prix, took first place in the storybook category, and Kaori Yokosukas Chikashitsu no Nakade (In the Basement) won the picture book category.
The winners were selected from among 2,414 children’s storybook entries and 464 picture book entries. The contest, which has launched the careers of many professional Japanese writers, is part of Nissan’s commitment to enrich people’s lives by making a positive contribution in the countries in which it operates.
Nissan will donate both books to approximately 3,400 libraries and 700 nurseries and kindergarten facilities near Nissan offices nationwide. Nissan is working with BL Publishing Co., Ltd on the project.
Nissan has donated more than 200,000 books since the start of its storybook program in 1984. The concept has also spread outside Japan, with Nissan Iberia SA in Portugal starting development of its own picture-book contest with local governments and schools in 2012.
Submissions for the 33rd contest closed on October 31. Winners will be announced in early March.