For pre-school kids of age 3-6 and for ages 7-8 who just started to read.
In this group of books the balance of texts and illustrations is carefully determined. These books can be read to the child by an adult in early ages 3-6, and by the children themselves during first two tears of the primary school. First Books category covers coloring books with text, picture books, short story books and series relevant to the age group. This group of books aim at enabling the child to build a long term, successful and creative relation with the books.
For primary and middle school kids of age 8-12, with improved reading and writing skills.
In this group of books texts are getting longer and heavier whereas limited number of illustrations have a relieving and supporting function. Children’s Book category covers novels, story books, poetry books and series. With their clever and fun content, variety of themes, attractive covers and page designs this group of books aims at developing children’s motivation and enthusiasm for reading to its highest level possible.
For both young adults and adults.
Especially for those youngsters of age 12+ who believe that they are bored of reading and developed a resistance against reading. This group covers a variety of genres such as science fiction, historical novels, detective novels, narratives, and essay books. With the themes relevant to every day issues and problems of young adults and with the competent use of language which can be read easily, these books offer a pleasant reading experience to their readers.
The unique collection Bridge Books, introduces master authors of Turkish literature to children’s and young adult literature either by re-editing one of existing books of the author or by developing a brand new book for children and/or young adult readers. With this special and unique collection Günışığı won Memet Fuat Publishing Award in 2010 which is one of the most prestigious publishing awards being given to publishers in Turkey.
ON8, or eighteen, is where I have my own literature. Not because I am imperatively eighteen or anything! Coz’ that’s not an age, but just a stage where I am no more surrounded by schools or homework, teachers or parents telling me what to read, or what I shouldn't read.
Having set out its journey for those who are interested in young adult literature and willing to read young adult books, ON8 is publishing distinctive books from all over the world. Intending to articulate and draw attention with the help of literature, to the problems of youth and difficulties they are trapped-in, ON8 is meeting with not only young people but readers of all ages, thanks to its colorful collection. ON8, with its writers, themes and real protagonists is the new taboo-breaking and distinctive brand of Günışığı Kitaplığı.
She was born in İstanbul, in 1975. After graduating from the Radio, Television, Cinema department of Marmara University, she worked as a reporter, editor and script writer. In 2010, she participated in a writing workshop in Antwerp, with the invitation of PEN, and she wrote her first children’s book The Light That Moved from the Light House (Fenerden Taşınan Işık) published by Günışığı Kitaplığı in 2011. The book was a part of a special project coordinated by Günışığı for Sivrice Light House near Assos, Turkey. Her next book Lambkin and the Funfair Family(Kuuzu ve Lunapark Ailesi, 2011) received the special jury award in The Best Children’s Book of 2011 selections of IBBY Turkey. In 2013, her famous book Latashiba: Between Two Cities (Lataşiba: İki Kentin Arasında) was published, and in this story, Uşar encouraged children to think about contraries. In 2016, she met with the widely known illustrator Merve Atılgan and a special picture book was born: The Kid Searching for Her Sleep (Uykusunu Arayan Çocuk). Her young adult novel Witchgrass (Ayrıkotu, 2008) was published with its revised version which was named Me, witchgrass (Ben Ayrıkotu) in 2015 by ON8. And Topsy Turvy Straight Lines(Düz Çizgi Tepetaklak, 2018) reached children to make them think about colorless style of human life despite varieties of nature. She told a fantastic underground world in her children’s novel BALTI: The Incomplete World (Eksik Dünya BALTI, 2020). Her latest book is Ali Against Cavid The Virus (Ali Cavid’e Karşı, 2020). Besides being a well-known children’s and young adult fiction author, Uşar is also a tai chi trainer. She lives in İstanbul with her dogs.