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Nissan Announces Winners of 31st Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix


The 31st Picture Book Grand Prize "Sekai no Hate no Mukougawa"

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced 38 winning stories, including the Grand Prix award, for the “31st Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix,” organized by the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka. The program is part of Nissan’s corporate citizenship activities.

The 31st Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix attracted 2,827 entries from amateur authors and illustrators between July and October 2014, comprising 2,457 children’s storybooks and 370 picture books. The Storybook Grand Prize was awarded to “Tanpopo no Kinmedaru” by Ms. Sanae Yamamoto of Fukuoka Prefecture. The Picture Book Grand Prize was awarded to “Sekai no Hate no Mukougawa” by Mr. Yasuhiro Tanaka of Tokyo.

The awards ceremony will be held at Osaka Prefectural Central Library in Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture on Saturday, March 7. Winners of the Grand Prize and Special Prizes will receive prizes in cash and commemorative goods. The company will distribute leaflets introducing the top eight prize-winning works at the Nissan Galleries throughout Japan. Two winning books will also be published by BL Publishing Co., Ltd., in December 2015.

Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix
The Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix, a contest for original children’s storybooks and picture books, commemorates the May 1984 opening of the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka, which is Japan’s first comprehensive center for international children’s literature. There are two categories, Storybook and Picture Book, and they attract a total of about 3,000 entries every year. By publishing the winning works, the contest provides talented amateur authors and illustrators with the opportunity to become active professionally. More than 100,000 entries have been received in the 31 years since the start of the program, and 55 books have been published.
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Donation of Books to Libraries and Other Facilities Nationwide
The books are donated through Nissan offices to approximately 3,400 libraries and 700 kindergartens and nursery schools across Japan, as well as Japanese schools and Japanese language schools through Nissan’s global offices. Further, the company has been conducting various initiatives related to “children and books,” such as holding storybook reading events at the Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery.

31st Children’s Storybook Grand Prize: “Tanpopo no Kinmedaru”
This book is a heartwarming story with soft humor about twin bus stops, struggling for Aiko-san, an old woman who has a problem with her knees.

31st Picture Book Grand Prize: “Sekai no Hate no Mukougawa”
This book is a boy’s growing-up story. There is a boy who likes indulging himself in a dreamy thought that what there would be if he went down the end of a road. One day, he decides to go through the dead-end, hoping to share exciting feelings he would get from the expedition with his friends. The story is highly admired for its appealing scenes drawn effectively in perspective.

Additionally, three storybooks and three picture books were awarded Special Prizes, and 20 storybooks and 10 picture books received Excellent Prizes.

Blue Citizenship:
Blue Citizenship is the commitment of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. to realize our vision of Enriching People’s Lives. We commit to our customers, shareholders, employees and the communities where we do business to deliver engaging, valuable and sustainable mobility for all. Through our business activities, we aim to create economic value and to actively contribute towards the development of a sustainable society.

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