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The Invitation Programme offers small independent publishing companies from Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean the chance to participate in the world's biggest book fair. 

For publishing companies from these regions, globalisation is a two-edged sword. Access to the world market seems easier thanks to all-pervasive communications. At the same time, the advance of new conglomerates makes it harder to break into the market.

The main goal of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Invitation Programme is to guarantee the presence of a select group of around 20 publishing houses at the industry's biggest get-together.

This year, publishers were invited specifically from the field of children's books.

About the programme

Seminar

As in past years, the guest publishers will attend a two-and-a-half-day seminar before the book fair begins, which not only prepares them for the event but also provides them with wide-ranging information on the German book market. As a discussion forum, the seminar gives them the opportunity to talk to experienced speakers from the industry on topics such as international sales, marketing, rights and licensing as well as book design.

Duration, preparation and activities

What's more, further activities are scheduled during the book fair. In preparation for the programme, activities may even take place even before the official beginning of the programme. Guests are additionally expected to participate throughout this process.

Travel, accommodation and exhibition stand expenses covered.

Carefully selected guests from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Arab world, the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe not only receive travel expenses and accommodation but also always enjoy the use of an exhibition stand at no charge. Funding is provided jointly by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the German Federal Foreign Office.

Eligibility

The programme is aimed at small-scale, independent publishers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Arab world, the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe. Proficiency in English is required.

The invited publishers 2021

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Éditions Akoma Mba - Ulrich Talla Wamba - Cameroon

Éditions Akoma Mba, founded in the year 1995 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is focused on a wide range of children’s books, especially for ages between 3 and 15 years old.

Éditions Akoma Mba, founded in the year 1995 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is focused on a wide range of children’s books, especially for ages between 3 and 15 years old.

Éditions Akoma Mba, founded in the year 1995 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is focused on a wide range of children’s books, especially for ages between 3 and 15 years old. It has also published some international titles like "Madoulina: A Girl Who Wanted to Go to School". It has equally sold titles like "Yanou a le palu". Éditions Akomba Mba cooperated in literacy / school campaigns like ‘The Picture Book Caravan’ in March 2020 in Yaoundé.

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Editora Trinta Zero Nove - Sandra Marilia Tamele - Mozambique

Editora Trinta Zero Nove is an independent press based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Editora Trinta Zero Nove is an independent press based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Editora Trinta Zero Nove is an independent press based in Maputo, Mozambique. It was started in 2018 by Sandra Tamele to publish, both in print and audio book, the collection of short fiction translated by the winners of the literary translation competition that celebrates International Translation Day, 30 September. This initiative was awarded a Special Mention on the London Book Fair Excellence Awards in 2020. This year the press debuted a kid lit and young adult collections translated from Arabic, Italian and English into Portuguese in print and braille.

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Invitation Programme 2021: Fiston Mudacumura - Ruanda

Mudacumura Publishing House - Mudacumura Fiston - Rwanda

Mudacumura Publishing House, was founded 2013 in Rwanda. It published 26 children stories and poems related to Genocide against Tutsis, translated and adapted from the famous book “Requiem Rwanda.”

Mudacumura Publishing House, was founded 2013 in Rwanda. It published 26 children stories and poems related to Genocide against Tutsis, translated and adapted from the famous book “Requiem Rwanda.”

It participated also in the publishing process of Andika Rwanda 2015 and 2016, a national writing competition organized by Rwanda Education Board (REB) and Education Development Center (EDC), but funded by USAID. 

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Kibondo Editions - Jean de Dieu Munyunrangabo - Rwanda

Kibondo Editions Ltd is an independent Publishing House operating in Rwanda since 2009.

Kibondo Editions Ltd is an independent Publishing House operating in Rwanda since 2009.

Kibondo Editions Ltd is an independent Publishing House operating in Rwanda since 2009. It is focused on a wide range children’s books, especially for ages between 2-6 years. It has published 50 titles so far and 25 of them are translated in foreign languages. Books are sold to Rwanda Education Board, NGOs working in education sector. Kibondo Editions has set itself the goal to produce books which meet needs of every child in their age.

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Furaha Publishers - Mbabazi Mary Goreth - Rwanda

Furaha Publisher’s mission is to avail children’s books that nurture imagination and creativity. We strongly believe that creativity begins with imagination and by nurturing imagination and creativity in young children; we would be nurturing future inventors, problem solvers and leaders.

Furaha Publisher’s mission is to avail children’s books that nurture imagination and creativity. We strongly believe that creativity begins with imagination and by nurturing imagination and creativity in young children; we would be nurturing future inventors, problem solvers and leaders.

Furaha Publishers is a children’s book publishing house founded 2014 by Christine Warugaba. In 2012, she wrote her first children’s book and has since written many more.

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Invitation Programme 2021: Johary Ravaloson - Madagascar

Dodo Vole - Johary Ravaloson - Madagascar

To promote endangered cultures, silent minorities, writers and artists of the southwest Indian Ocean, we produce for children, attractive robust Art books, bilingual Tales storybooks (Malagasy-French, Woolf-French and Serer-French), Poems, and also Documentary books.
For all, we publish books wrote or translated in french: Novels about Madagascar inside view, and an annual Literary Review, Lettres de Lémurie, with 24 Malagasy, Mauritian, Reunion and Comoran writers per year.

To promote endangered cultures, silent minorities, writers and artists of the southwest Indian Ocean, we produce for children, attractive robust Art books, bilingual Tales storybooks (Malagasy-French, Woolf-French and Serer-French), Poems, and also Documentary books.
For all, we publish books wrote or translated in french: Novels about Madagascar inside view, and an annual Literary Review, Lettres de Lémurie, with 24 Malagasy, Mauritian, Reunion and Comoran writers per year.

Authors: Ananda Devi, Raharimanana, Griotte, Malcolm de Chazal, Mary-des-Ailes, Anny Grondin, E.D. Andriamalala, Johary Ravaloson...

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Mayurpankhi - Mitia Osman Tisma - Bangladesh

Mayurpankhi is a Dhaka, Bangladesh-based children's book publishing house. It publishes high-quality illustrated & translated books for children in Bengali and English. Founded in 2014, it has received the award for publishing the highest number of quality titles for children from Bangla Academy, the country’s apex body to promote Bengali literature and culture.

Mayurpankhi is a Dhaka, Bangladesh-based children's book publishing house. It publishes high-quality illustrated & translated books for children in Bengali and English. Founded in 2014, it has received the award for publishing the highest number of quality titles for children from Bangla Academy, the country’s apex body to promote Bengali literature and culture.

It began publishing child-focused, parent-friendly children's books with the aim of creating books that encourage children to read for pleasure. Mayurpankhi continually strives to seek new voices, new visions and new directions in children's literature.

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Pickle Yolk Books - Richa Jha - India

Pickle Yolk Books is a multi-award-winning Indian publisher of picture books in English, incorporated in 2018 but in operation since 2015.

Pickle Yolk Books is a multi-award-winning Indian publisher of picture books in English, incorporated in 2018 but in operation since 2015.

Pickle Yolk Books is a multi-award-winning Indian publisher of picture books in English, incorporated in 2018 but in operation since 2015. The titles, aimed mostly at readers between 4 and 8 years of age, are important conversation-starters as they encourage curiosity, independent thinking and a questioning spirit among them. They have sold several language rights within India, and internationally to the US, Poland, Thailand and Indonesia. 

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Kesaint Blanc - Larissa Adinda - Indonesia

Kesaint Blanc was founded in 1988. Four years ago, the publisher started to publish Children’s Books, with the age focus between 3-12 years old.

Kesaint Blanc was founded in 1988. Four years ago, the publisher started to publish Children’s Books, with the age focus between 3-12 years old.

Kesaint Blanc was founded in 1988. Four years ago, the publisher started to publish Children’s Books, with the age focus between 3-12 years old. It has published more than 80 original titles, which rights sold to China, Turkey, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The publisher has also acquired international titles from China, Korea, Turkey, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia. At their Online Kids Corner kids can learn through watching videos.

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Almatykitap Baspassy - Olessya Zhir - Kazakhstan

Almatykitap Baspassy was founded in 1999 and specializes in books for children and young adults between the ages of two and 18, as well as didactic books and encyclopedias. There is also a series of ethnographic titles about Kazakh culture, its traditions and nature. Some international titles have been produced in cooperation with Dorling Kindersley, Caramel and Usborne.

Almatykitap Baspassy was founded in 1999 and specializes in books for children and young adults between the ages of two and 18, as well as didactic books and encyclopedias. There is also a series of ethnographic titles about Kazakh culture, its traditions and nature. Some international titles have been produced in cooperation with Dorling Kindersley, Caramel and Usborne.

The publisher has sold titles internationally to Uzbekistan, Russia, and China and regularly participates in national reading promotion campaigns.

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Kathalaya Inc. - Rajeev Dhar Joshi - Nepal

Kathalaya Inc established in 2007 has been working in promoting reading as a habit and culture in Nepal. We are a leading commercial children focused publication house with 350+ titles in Nepali language and very few with English as well as in local dialects.

Kathalaya Inc established in 2007 has been working in promoting reading as a habit and culture in Nepal. We are a leading commercial children focused publication house with 350+ titles in Nepali language and very few with English as well as in local dialects.

We are publishing 20+ new titles every year from our local authors/illustrators and have co-published from renowned publications of the world. Kathalaya as a publication house not only focuses on Children and Young Adult books but also in different activities around book and literature to promote reading culture. Currently, we have a network with 30+ book stores in different major cities of Nepal where Kathalaya children books are displayed and sold. 

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Aukso Žuvys - Sigita Pukiene - Lithuania

Aukso Žuvys is a small and independent publishing house founded in 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Aukso Žuvys is a small and independent publishing house founded in 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Aukso Žuvys is a small and independent publishing house founded in 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The focus is historical and cultural-educational illustrated books for children and young adults, especially for ages between 7 and 17. A number of them received several national and international nominations and won multiple awards for book art and content with some of them being transformed into theatre performances, films and radio shows. They cooperate with literary festivals, schools and libraries

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A Walk Through History - Ekateryna Kashirskaya - Russia

A Walk Through History is a Russian publishing house specializing in children’s nonfiction

A Walk Through History is a Russian publishing house specializing in children’s nonfiction

A Walk Through History is a Russian publishing house specializing in children’s nonfiction. Since 2011 it has created and designed about 50 titles on various periods of history and other themes – mathematics, sport, engines, plants, animals, mythology etc. All the books and games are created with the help of scientists and child psychologists. The catalogue list includes encyclopedias, interactive books, picture books and games.

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Amelì – Maria Amelia Jannarelli - Brazil

Amelì is a children’s books publisher founded in 2018 in Brazil.

Amelì is a children’s books publisher founded in 2018 in Brazil.

Amelì is a children’s books publisher founded in 2018. This publishing house looks for books that make a difference in the lives of readers. It publishes books that instill the reader creating their own interpretations, so every new reading creates a new book. At the beginning, it published translations of international titles with the first original title being published in 2020 and the establishment of new publishing imprint called 100/cabeças.

 

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Topito Ediciones - Manuel Soriano - Uruguay

Topito Ediciones, founded in Uruguay in 2012 is focused on children's picture books.

Topito Ediciones, founded in Uruguay in 2012 is focused on children's picture books.

Topito Ediciones, founded in Uruguay in 2012 is focused on children's picture books. It specializes in “rare books” that mix pop culture with traditional kids subjects such as "My first book of Rock & Roll". Although the focus lies on Uruguayan artists, books from Norway, Brazil and Argentina have been likewise published. Rights have been sold rights to Argentina, Brazil and Eastern Africa. Topito cooperates with school campaigns and the Uruguayan digital library programme.       

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Invitation Programme 2021: Maria Carreno - Columbia

Babel Libros - Maria Carreño - Colombia

Babel Libros has been dedicated to the creation of picture books for readers of all ages since 2005 and is faithful to its readers with high standards for literary and graphic quality. The publishing house has won many Book Awards, including the Bologna BOP ‘Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’ Prize and New Horizons in 2017.

Babel Libros has been dedicated to the creation of picture books for readers of all ages since 2005 and is faithful to its readers with high standards for literary and graphic quality. The publishing house has won many Book Awards, including the Bologna BOP ‘Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’ Prize and New Horizons in 2017.

Babel arises from a long experience and reflection on children’s literature and the importance of reading. Babel business model integrates publishing, import, export, bookstore, and library. Moreover, it is leader in the promotion of children and youth literature in Colombia.

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Invitation Programme 2021: Peggy Espinosa - Mexico

Petra Ediciones - Peggy Espinosa - Mexico

Since 1990, Petra Ediciones has proposed alternative narrative structures and hybrid literary genres for children and young readers by incorporating photography, art, illustration, and a diversity of voices and points of view in its publications.

Since 1990, Petra Ediciones has proposed alternative narrative structures and hybrid literary genres for children and young readers by incorporating photography, art, illustration, and a diversity of voices and points of view in its publications.

Some of Petra Ediciones’s awards include the Editorial Merit Award, 2015, awarded by the International Book Fair (FIL) of Guadalajara, Mexico; Best Publisher of the Year (BOP) in Central and South America, 2014; Premio Juan Pablos al Mérito Editorial, 2017, awarded by the National Chamber of the Mexican Publishing Industry (CANIEM); and the Recognition for a Career in Publishing, 2021, from the Independent Mexican Publishers Association (AEMI).

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Why participate?

Thanks to the Invitation Programme, small publishing houses from countries with emerging book industries can take the spotlight at the world's most important trade fair.

This is what former participants say about the programme

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