Invitation to the 8th edition of the event on 31 May 2023

'A well-designed book – let's start with children' is a cyclical cultural event, taking place every two years since 2008. It has been gathering a wide range of artists, promoters, publishers and lovers of beautiful books for the youngest readers around the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Katowice.

Read about the 8th edition of the Competition here.

The event consists of a competition for the best design of a children's book, a scientific conference devoted to the issue of children’s book design, numerous exhibitions as well as workshops for students and children.

The aim of the event is to draw attention to the needs of the youngest readers and to discuss a wide range of issues related to designing books for children.

All event components serve this purpose, especially the competition, which is a review of projects carried out by students and young graduates of art schools, and the conference, its every edition devoted to a selected context from the perspective of illustrators, designers, publishers, librarians, lecturers and theoreticians.

The parallel objective is the promotion of young artists on the publishing market, which is realized mainly through involving publishers in the competition, and through numerous exhibitions: post-competition, Master of Polish Illustration and the exhibition of young illustrators, which showcase contemporary trends in the design of illustrations for children, from newbies to established artists. This is also supported by workshops enabling students to improve their skills under the supervision of practitioners and preparing them for entering the publishing market.

The event concerns children through its theme, children's book illustration, putting a strong emphasis on their education and developing the habit of reading, as well as offering them contact with art, original design solutions and aesthetic attention to detail. It also involves children as active participants, inviting them to sit on the independent Cumpetition Jury and to take part in workshops related to the exhibitions.

'A well-designed book' enjoys great interest from diverse audiences and is considered by publishers and promoters of good books to be one of the important factors that have influenced the development of the children's book market in Poland after 2000.

We extend our invitation to the next, 8th edition of the competition, to all creators, illustrators, publishers, librarians, students and lecturers, and all lovers of beautifully illustrated and well-designed children's books. Save the date: 31 May 2023.

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