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Mladinska knjiga Založba d.d.
http://www.mladinska.com
info@mladinska.com
Slovenska cesta 29, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 241 3000
Fax386 (0) 1 425 2866
RegionSI-1
Managed byMladinska knjiga Group
Bojan Švigelj, Editor in Chief
bojan.svigelj@mkz.si
Irena Wright, Secretary
irena.wagner@mkz.si
Phone386 (0) 1 241 3220
Fax386 (0) 1 425 2814
International Rights Department
intsales@mkz.si
Phone386 (0) 1 241 3289
Fax386 (0) 1 425 22 94
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Mladinska knjiga Publishing House was established as early as 1945 and remains the largest publishing house in Slovenia. It is the main publishing house in Slovenia with a tradition of publishing books, textbooks and magazines for more than 70 years. It has published an impressive 100 million books in its long history.

From 1945, when the newly founded publishing house published the first six books (the first of them entitled Ciciban Reads), until today, the youth Book publishing house has evolved into a general publisher with a rich and diverse program for all generations. It started publishing major original projects of national importance, such as Enciklopedija Slovenija (Encyclopedia of Slovenia) (in 16 volumes), Atlas Slovenije (Atlas of Slovenia), Veliki slovenski leksikon (Great Slovenian Lexicon) and the Bible, to name a few.

Today the Mladinska knjiga Group has branches in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. It manages also Cankarjeva Publishing House and the network of about 55 Mladinska knjiga Bookshops around Slovenia, the largest of which Konzorcij Bookstore is in Ljubljana.

Mladinska knjiga hosts the Frankfurt after Frankfurt Book Fair and Bologna after Bologna Children's Book Fair. It also bestows the Levstik Award for children's literature, and the Blue Bird Award for best manuscript of adult or young adult novel.

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Publishing programme

The book program encompasses a variety of genres: from fiction to sophisticated manuals and encyclopedias. It has traditionally been focused on publishing original children's picture books, which are also enriched with illustrations by Slovenian authors, as well as original fiction for young people and adults. Very early on Mladinska knjiga began publishing local and worlds adult literature. Evidenced of this is the oldest book collections Kondor, Lirika, Nova slovenska knjiga (New Slovenian Book), which are still successful and popular among readers today. Among the greatest hits by the number of titles selled are popular scientific works by Slovene authors.

Collections

The Kondor collection of prose works, referred to as a Slovenian Penguin Classics, was launched six decades ago, in 1956, and has reached around 350 books. Still popular is also the Nova slovenska knjiga collection that was launched in 1971. The collection Lirika was established in 1970, and today includes over 150 titles of world poetry translations.


Magazines

Mladinska knjiga is also the main publisher of magazines for children (Cicido, Ciciban, Moj planet, PIL), and school students (PILplus), and publishes GEA magazine. In 2004 it started a partnership with Reader's Digest Inc. and began publishing the Slovene version of Reader's Digest magazine.

Awards

Mladinska knjiga has established two nationwide awards: since 1949 it has been awarded Levstik Award for original literature and original illustrations for children and young people, and since 2012 Blue Bird Award for the best unpublished Slovenian book work. In 2002 Mladinska knjiga Publishing House received the golden honorary badge of freedom of the Republic of Slovenia for the publishinh of Encyclopedia of Slovenia series.

Public outreach

Since 1968, Mladinska knjiga runs the educational project Vesela šola ("Merry School") linked to the Pionirski list (later called PIL or PLUS) Magazine for pupils.

It also bestows the Levstik Award for children's literature, and the Blue Bird Award for best unpublished adult or young adult novel.

The Mladinska knjiga book club, called Svet knjige ("Book World") was established in 1974 and has more than 100,000 members. Later they established book club called Ciciklub aimed at the youngest readers.

Sunflower Gallery

Since 2008 Mladinska knjiga runs also the Sunflower Gallery that present mostly book illustration by the authors working with and for the Mladinska knjiga Publishing House and those who are publishing their work in the above mentioned childrens magazines.


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