March 1, 2013
NISSAN ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 29TH NISSAN CHILDREN'S STORYBOOK
AND PICTURE BOOK GRAND PRIX
YOKOHAMA, Japan (March 1, 2013) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced 38 winning stories, including the Grand Prix award, for the "29th 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 29th Picture Book Grand Prize "Yumi-chan wa Nezou ga Waruiko desu"
The 29th Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix attracted 2,811 entries from amateur authors and illustrators between July and October 2012, comprising 2,335 children's storybooks and 476 picture books. The Storybook First Place Special Prize was awarded to “Wakeari Ringo no Appuru Pai” by Ms. Yuko Asai of Shiga Prefecture. The Picture Book Grand Prize was awarded to "Yumi-chan wa Nezou ga Waruiko desu" by Ms. Akemi Miyazaki of Tokyo.
The awards ceremony will be held at the International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka, in Higashi-osaka City on Sunday, March 3. 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 2013.
Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix
The Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix, a contest for original children's story books 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. By publishing the winning works, the contest provides talented amateur authors and illustrators with the opportunity to become active professionally, and it provides children with outstanding storybooks and picture books through philanthropic activities.
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. In 2010, Nissan also began donating the published picture books to Japanese schools and Japanese language schools through its 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.
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29th Children's Storybook First Place Special Prize: “Wakeari Ringo no Appuru Pai”
This is the story of a father and son making an apple pie together for the birthday of the boy’s mother. The story features witty conversation and lots of humor.
29th Picture Book Grand Prize: “Yumi-chan wa Nezou ga Waruiko desu”
In this story, a teddy bear is trying hard to bring Yumi-chan, a girl who falls off the bed again and again because she tosses around in her sleep, back to the bed. The story was highly praised for its blue-themed, fantasy world.
Additionally, three storybooks and three picture books were awarded Special Prizes, and 20 storybooks and 10 picture books received Excellent Prizes.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($US118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.
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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