Andersen Prize 2021, the finalists of the best children’s books in each category have been revealed

The appointment to know the winners is June 25, the announcement will be online and will take place through the social media of Andersen magazine.

Now in its 40th edition, the names of the finalist books of the Andersen Prize 2021, the highest Italian award for children’s books and authors, have been unveiled. Also this year, due to Covid, the announcement did not take place as usual during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, but through the website and social networks of the children’s literature and illustration magazine Andersen.

The winners will be announced online on Friday 25 June, in the meantime we discover all the finalists divided by category:

Best book 0/6 years

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Best book 6/9 years

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  • The Shadow of Everyone by Mélanie Rutten, translated by Sara Saorin | Camelozampa
  • Murdo by Alex Cousseau, illustrated by Éva Offredo, translated by Simone Barillari | Hippocampus Boys
  • What a fear, grandfather! by James Flora, translated by Marina Pirulli | Cliquot

Best book 9/12 years

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Best book over 12 years old

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Best book over 15 years old

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Best Dissemination Book

best book disclosure

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  • Lost Landscapes of the Earth by Aina Bestard – texts by Marta de la Serna, translation by Federico Taibi | Hippocampus Boys
  • The Gallinario of Barbara Sandri, Francesco Giubbilini, illustrated by Camilla Pintonato | Fifth Fourth
  • Atlas of Clouds by Sarah Zambello, illustrated by Suzy Zanella | Nomos

Best artful book

best art book

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  • Thieving eye by Chiara Carminati and Massimiliano Tappari | Pencil
  • Flowers! by Hervé Tullet | Franco Cosimo Panini
  • Imagine by Emily Winfield Martin, translated by Sara Ragusa | Middle Lands

Best illustrated book

best register

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Best Book Without Words

best silent book

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Best Comic Book

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  • Unbeatable by Pascal Jousselin, translation by Claudio Curcio | Comicon Editions
  • Girotondo by Sergio Rossi, illustrated by Agnese Innocente | The Beaver
  • Pistillo by Marco Paschetta | Diabolo Edizioni

Best book ever awarded

never awarded book

The Andersen Prize

The ANDERSEN AWARD – The world of childhood, inspired by the great Danish writer, has been promoted since 1982 by Andersen magazine, which each year selects the best works for children, paying particular attention to the most original and innovative productions. As for the sector, it is undoubtedly the most prestigious Italian award, and is attributed to the best books of the publishing year, their authors, illustrators and publishers. Not only that, specific recognition is also assigned to those realities – local authorities, libraries, bookstores and cultural associations – which with enthusiasm and competence are dedicated to spreading the culture of the book among the younger generations.

The selection of the Andersen Prize is an exclusive expression of the daily work carried out by the editorial staff of the magazine in synergy with other professionals in the book supply chain. Compared to other awards, including international ones, nobody sends their candidacy or participates in a call.

Over the years, new and established authors and illustrators have followed one another who with their works and their commitment have given value to the award, such as Gianni Rodari, Altan, Bruno Tognolini, Anna Lavatelli, Gianni De Conno, Beatrice Alemagna, Quentin Blake, Attilio, Gek Tessaro and many others.

While waiting to discover this year’s winners, let’s delight in reading these wonderful books. Which one would you vote for?

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