The winners of the second edition of the Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi Award are:
-David Cirici with Muschio (by Il Castoro) for the 6-10 age group
-Luigi Garlando with L’estate che conobbi il Che (by Rizzoli) for the 11-15 age group.
The Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi Award is considered the most important award in children’s literature presented to authors whose work promotes narrative and reading among children and teens.
88 books were initially submitted for the second edition of this competition. Two sets of five finalists were then selected by the award’s Scientific Committee. The winners were selected by a jury composed of readers between the ages of 6-15 from sixty primary and secondary schools across Italy.
The award ceremony was presented by Loredana Lipperini, with speeches from Antimo Cesaro (Undersecretary of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism), Franco Boni (President of BolognaFiere), Marliena Pillati (Deputy Mayor of the City of Bologna), Giovanni Solimine (President of the Bollonci Foundation), Giuseppe D’Avino (President of Strega Alberti Benevento SpA), Romano Montroni (President of the Centre for Books and Reading), and Gian Enrico Venturini (Deputy General Manager of Bper Banca).
Winners, David Cirici and Luigi Garlando, will meet with young readers at the Turin International Book Fair on taking place on May 18th.
Please visit the Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi website for more information on the award-winning books and other finalists and candidates of the 2017 edition. For Further infomration on the award ceremony, please visit the Bologna Children’s Book Fair website.