The Board of the Public Union Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association cordially congratulates the member of the Association LLC "Old Lion Publishing House" for being recognized as the best children's publishing house in Europe - Bologna Prize for the Best Children's Publishers of the Year!

Read more: Congratulations to the Stary Lev Publishing House!

regarding the provision of financial assistance to full-time employees of publishing houses and bookstores who suffered the greatest material and physical losses as a result of hostilities

On December 24, 2022, $10,000 was received from caring citizens of the United States to the accounts of the "Toloka" Charitable Fund, with which the Public Union UPBA concluded a partnership agreement.

Read more: About the results of the distribution of assistance to employees of publishing houses and bookstores

Geneva and Brussels, Friday 24 February 2023

The International Publishers Association and the Federation of European Publishers call for an immediate end to the Russian aggression in Ukraine which has cost the lives of so many, including colleagues from the book sector, and the destruction of schools and libraries.
Two recent IPA meetings dedicated to the freedom to publish and the education situation in Ukraine highlighted the devastating impact of the war. The number of publishers operating in Ukraine has dropped from 1053 in 2021 to 563 in 2022, and educational publishers have been unable to print textbooks for pupils. UNICEF reports that over 2,600 schools have been damaged, affecting 5.3 million children. UNESCO has verified damage to 241 cultural sites including museums and libraries.

Read more: IPA news release on the results of the international conference The Impact of War on the Freedom...

On February 7, 2023, an international conference organized by the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association (UPBA) was held on the topic: "The impact of war on freedom of publish - Ukraine".

Representatives of professional public organizations of publishers from 35 countries of the world took part in this conference. From Ukraine, the following were present at this conference and spoke:
Oleksandr Afonin — president of the UPBA;
Yuliya Orlova — general director of Vivat publishing house (Kharkiv);
Maryana Savka — editor-in-chief of Stary Lev Publishing House (Lviv);
Ostap Slyvinsky — writer, president of Ukrainian PEN;
Yuliya Kozlovets — the coordinator of Book Arsenal.

During the conference, the issue of the activity of the publishing industry of Ukraine, the difficulties faced by its subjects in the conditions of Russian aggression, and the ways and options of supporting Ukrainian book publishing by related foreign professional public associations were considered.

Your attention is offered to the speech of the president of the Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association Oleksandr Afonin at the conference.

Read more: About the international conference "The impact of war on freedom of publish - Ukraine"

The initiative on the introduction of the Children's Book Day in Ukraine and the development of the State target program to support children's books and reading in Ukraine.

Yesterday, on the birthday of Vsevolod Nestayko, the National Library of Ukraine held a round table for children "Children's book in Ukraine". The participants of the meeting, including representatives of the authorities, creative, public and charitable organizations, artists and book publishers, including Ranok publishing house, initiated the appearance of another holiday in the calendar: January 30 — Children's Book Day in Ukraine.

Read more: The initiative to introduce Children's Book Day in Ukraine

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