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2018.06.15 Poplar Announces Results of Children’s Books General Election
On May 5, Children’s Day, Poplar Publishing announced the results of the “Children’s Books General Election.” At the announcement event, which took place at the Arakawa Ward Library located inside Yuinomori Arakawa, 42 media outlets came to cover the story. From November 1, 2017 to February 16, 2018, the undertaking took in votes from children which were sent through the official website, book stores all over Japan, elementary schools and libraries, etc. As a result, the number of votes exceeded the original forecast of 10,000 to 20,000 votes and tallied more than 120,000. Subsequently, 3000 bookstores all over the country

What kind of books were chosen by children? The top spot went to This is Fun! The Wonders of Evolution: Dictionary of Unfortunate Animals (Editor: Tadaaki Imaimzumi, Takahashi Shoten). This was followed by Shinsuke Yoshitake’s Arukashira Shoten (Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.) in the second place and It May Be An Apple (Bronze Publishing Inc.) in the third. Mr. Shinsuke Yoshitake has overseen the illustration used in the general election poster, and four of his works placed in the top ten. Also, two titles under the popular series of Oshiri Tantei (Author: Tororu) by Poplar were ranked in the top ten. Despite the trend where only recently written books were among the top-ranking books, Osamu Soda’s Our Seven Day War placed in the eighth, demonstrating an undiminished following. In the short-story series targeting students in the intermediate to the senior level in elementary school, the Fushigi Dagashiya Sentendo (author: Reiki Hiroshima, illustration: jyajya Kasei-sha Ltd.) came in ninth.

At the presentation ceremony, some of the children presented the awards to the authors, which made them feel closer to the books. The writers talked about the background of their works and the emotion that went into their stories. In addition, Peace Matayoshi gave his thoughts for some of the books he read as well as his relationship with reading. On the website of Poplar, we can find a portion of the reason behind why children selected certain books. It gives a glimpse into the reasoning behind their decision from the current elementary school students, adding further depth. 

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