Nissan Motor Announces Children’s Book Contest Winners


YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the winners of the 38th Nissan Children’s Story and Picture Book Grand Prize, organized by the Osaka International Institute of Children’s Literature.

From the grand prize winning picture book
“Mikan Kyodai no Tanken” (“The Mandarin Brothers Expedition”)

Marina Yabuguchi won the Storybook Grand Prize for “Kibako no Cho” (“A Butterfly in a Wooden Box”). Reiko Hosokawa won the Picture Book Grand Prize for “Mikan Kyodai no Tanken” (“The Mandarin Brothers Expedition”).

The contest, which is part of Nissan’s corporate citizenship activities, attracted 2,110 entries from amateur authors and illustrators.

“Kibako no Cho” is the story of a boy who finds a butterfly wing in his father’s room and draws dozens of butterflies. The image then comes to life with the wing and butterflies hovering in the night sky. The evocative descriptions of each scene can be vividly imagined, and the story’s use of onomatopoeia won praise.

“Mikan Kyodai no Tanken” is the story of a bag of Mandarin brothers on a supermarket shelf who decide to explore their store. The supermarket’s product book detailed drawings, product labels and point-of-sale advertisements were highly rated.

In addition, three storybooks and three picture books won special awards, and 20 storybooks and 10 picture books won excellence awards. The Grand Prize-winning books will be published in December by BL Publishing Co., Ltd.

The competition is organized by the International Institute of Children’s Literature in Osaka, with the aim of developing children’s imagination and creativity. It was launched in 1984 to commemorate the opening of the institute. Nissan has sponsored and supported the competition from the start.

The competition also gives talented amateur authors and illustrators the opportunity to have their work published. Over 124,000 registrations have been received since the program began and 69 books have been published.

Over the past 38 years, Nissan has donated more than 270,000 books to libraries and kindergartens across Japan, as well as Japanese schools and Japanese language schools overseas.

Learn more about Nissan’s corporate citizenship activities here.

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