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The publishing house believes the win will help it "focus its business with toy retailers this year."

Usborne named Independent Children’s Publisher of the Year

Usborne Publishing is celebrating a double win at the recent Independent Publishers Guild Awards, scooping Independent Children’s Publisher of the Year and overall Independent Publisher of the Year.

The win was revealed at a ceremony heralding the independent publishing community last week and precedes the launch of this year’s World Book Day.

Having been shortlisted for the accolade of Children’s Publisher of the Year in 2013, this year marks the first time the company has taken home the trophy.

It is also the first time Usborne has been shortlisted for and awarded the overall Independent Publisher of the Year.

“These two awards mean a huge amount to everyone at Usborne, “ Usborne Publishing’s marketing and publicity manager, Anna Howorth told ToyNews.

“We are so proud to be independent and feel that plays a huge role in making the company what it is.

“These awards are important to the publishing industry, but most importantly they are important for us when we’re talking to trade customers and consumers.”

Howorth believes that the double win will now put the publishing house in good stead for the year ahead as it looks to increase its business with toy shops.

“We hope that all of the retailers that we work with will be proud to stock books from a double award winning publisher,” she continued.

“We also look forward to hearing from new customers who may discover Usborne Books because of these awards. We are particularly focused on expanding our business with toy retailers, and others who don’t consider themselves to be bookshops.”

Usborne Publishing has scooped the win in the week that book and toy retailers across the UK prepare for World Book Day on March 6th.

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