De Eenhoorn Publishers is a small, independent publishing house that has been in business since 1990. At first, it only published a two-weekly newspaper for children and a magazine on health. The newspaper was a big success, so in the next years more magazines for different age groups were launched. At the moment, De Eenhoorn publishes seven different magazines for children from 3 to 14 years old.
Since the publication of the first books, the philosophy of De Eenhoorn can be summarized in three main points. Firstly, De Eenhoorn publishes original stories that appeal to both children and grown-ups. A clever theme and a beautiful writing style are of the utmost importance. Secondly, De Eenhoorn leaves room for unique illustrations. The illustrator is given the chance to develop his/her own style and to experiment. Thirdly, De Eenhoorn guarantees a perfect finish of the books.
PrizesTogether with its authors and illustrators, De Eenhoorn has won several prizes in Belgium and abroad. It has won the Book Peacock, the prize for the best illustrations in Flanders, nine times. Recently, Cantecleir, De zesde dag (The sixth day) and Mijn schaduw en ik (My shadow and I) won one.
In the Netherlands, De Eenhoorn has won seven Silver Pens. In 2010, Fluit zoals je bent (Whistle as you are) was awarded one and in 2009, the company was awarded three of them at once, with Sneeuw! (Snow!), Meneer Papier en zijn meisje (Paper Man and his girl) and Het geheim van de keel van de nachtegaal (The secret of the nightingale's throat). The latter has also won the Woutertje Pieterse Prize, the prize for the best book in the Netherlands, and its Flemish counterpart, the Golden Owl.
De Eenhoorn has also received many prizes abroad. In 2001, the song book Ozewiezewoze won the Bologna Ragazzi Award, while the picture book Woeste Mie (Wild Winnie) got a Special Mention. Roodgeelzwartwit (Redyellowblackwhite) was awarded a Prix Octogone in France. Furthermore, many books got a White Raven by the International Youth Library in Munich, among which Het geheim van de keel van de nachtegaal (The secret of the nightingale's throat) and De vrouw en het jongetje (The woman and the little boy). Three De Eenhoorn books recieved a Bratislava Golden Plaque: Dulle Griet (Mad Meg), Mijnheer Ferdinand (Mister Ferdinand) and Het ongelooflijke liefdesverhaal van heer Morf (The fabulous love story of sir Morf).My shadow and me) were awarded this prize.