Independent children’s book publisher in Russia since 2003 and intellectual leader of the Russian children’s book market with 400 titles in its catalogue, Samokat publishes award winners and long-seller authors from all over the world.

Open-minded and committed to its readers, Samokat plays a key role in the process of renovation of the children’s literature in Russia. To create new opportunities, vocations and processes of working together, one of its original initiatives is "The Book Inside", an international contest of book projects for illustrators from all over the world.

Samokat’s Russian authors and illustrators are often nominated and awarded with prestigious Russian and international prizes such as: 

  • The Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB)
  • The UK BookTrust’s In Other Words prize
  • "The White Ravens" catalogue published by the International Youth Library of Munich
  • "Kniguru" - the Russian annual award for the best teen fiction
  • "Image of the Book" the Russian Book Illustration Contest
  • Krapivin International Children’s Literature Award
  • Kate Greenaway Medal
  • The STEAM Children’s Book Prize.

In 2018, 2020 and 2021 Samokat has been shortlisted for the BOP – Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers and in 2018 Irina Balakhonova, Samokat’s editor-in-chief has been awarded by the Russian book industry with the Revizor prize as the Editor of the Year.

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