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Pagony began life as a children’s bookshop back in 2001 and was the first of its kind in Budapest. We soon went on to expand into publishing based on all that we continued to learn about customers’ needs and this specialised market.
Today the Pagony name – not only as the leading children’s bookshop but as one of the most prominent children’s publishers in the country – has become a key element of any conversation about contemporary children’s literature in Hungary. With more than 500 titles published to date, Pagony has taken a leading role in the quality cultural offering available to children with books that cover the whole spectrum from toddler to teen. Our primary focus is on contemporary Hungarian authors and illustrators many of whom have gone on to gain considerable popularity and acclaim. We are also keen to feature foreign titles created by writers and artists with a broader international following and these have so far included Eric Carle, Annie M.G. Schmidt, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler and Jill Tomlinson.
In 2013, Pagony founded Tilos az Á in order to reach those who outgrew its books. Since its foundation, Tilos az Á published more than hundred books for children above 12.
We are terribly proud of the fact that Pagony publications won the Hungarian IBBY Children’s Book of the Year Award on nine occasions between 2007 and 2020 with several going on to compete at the International IBBY Awards. But perhaps even more significantly, a large number of our books now appear on recommended reading lists in kindergartens and schools throughout the country.
Pagony’s main goal is to see the general approach to children’s books and children’s literature come of age in Hungary. And so we continue in our efforts to publish quality children’s writing with contemporary illustration bringing the very best of local and international literature to our large and growing audience.