Bologna Book Fair

Bologna Ragazzi Award 2023 announced the winners


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The Bologna Book Fair has announced the winners of this year’s Bologna Ragazzi Awards and Bologna Ragazzi Digital Awards. The list of winners is published on the official website of the fair.

This year, the jury received 2349 titles from 644 publishers from 59 countries and regions around the world.



Todo lo que pasó antes de que llegaras (Everything That Happened Before You Arrived)


Text and illustrations by Yael Frankel


Limonero, Argentina, 2022


Special mention: 噔噔噔 (Thump! Thump! Thump!, text by Yu Yi, illustrations by Wang Zumin), Spinne spielt Klavier (Spider Plays Piano, text and illustrations by Benjamin Gottwald), 이사가 (Moving Away, text and illustrations by Ji Yeon Lee, illustrations by Régis Lejonc).

Non fiction

Art of Protest


Text by De Nichols


Illustrations by Diana Dagadita, Saddo, Olivia Twist, Molly Mendoza, Diego Becas


Big Picture Press (Bonnier Books UK), UK, 2021


Special mention: Woven of the World (text by Katey Howes, illustrations by Dinara Mirtalipova), Ogledalo bez mana (The Flawless Mirror, text and illustrations by Agata Lučić).

Opera Prima

Mariedl. Une histoire gigantesque (Mariedl. A Gigantic Story)


Text and illustrations by Laura Simonati


Versant Sud, Belgium, 2022


Special mention: The Blue: Bench (text and illustrations by mia).

New Horizons

El bolso (The Purse)


Text by María José Ferrada


Illustrations by Ana Palmero Cáceres


Alboroto Ediciones, Mexico, 2021

Photography (2023 Special Category)

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration


Text by Elizabeth Partridge


Images by Lauren Tamaki


Chronicle Books, USA, 2022


Special mention: Qui veut jouer avec moi? (Who Wants to Play with Me ?, text and images by Claire Dé), Cache-cache cauchemars (text and images by Jean Lecointre), O adeus do marujo (The Sailor’s Goodbye, texts and images by Flávia Bomfim).


Early Reader


Whose Sock?


Text and Illustrations by Sun Jun


Hsin Yi Publications,China, 2020


Special mention: Après les vagues (After the Waves, text and illustrations by Sandrine Kao), O primeiro dia (The First Day, text and images by Henrique Coser Moreira).


Middle Grade

Un matin (One Morning)


Text by Jérôme Dubois


Illustrations by Laurie Agusti


La Partie, France, 2022


Special mention: 그림자 극장 (The Shadow Theater, text and illustrations by Kyu-Ah Kim), House of Dracula (text by 5unday, illustrations by Heedae Yun), Le monde des animaux perdus (The World of the Lost Animals, text and illustrations by Noémie Weber).


Young Adult

坂月さかな作品集 プラネタリウム・ゴースト・トラベル (Planetarium Ghost Travel The Art of Sakatsuki Sakana)


Text and Art by Sakana Sakatsuki


PIE International Inc., Japan, 2021


Special mention: Aujourd’hui (Today, text and art by Loïc Froissart), Avant l’oubli (text and illustrations by Lisa Blumen), Night Night (text and illustrations by Chivas Leung).


Full information about the laureates and specially mentioned publications can be found on the Bologna Book Fair website.


It is known that the 60th Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which also includes the fair with a wider professional audience BolognaBookPlus and the trade fair Bologna Licensing Trade Fair/Kids, will take place from March 6 to 9, 2023.


BolognaRagazzi Award is the international prize of the Bologna Book Fair for the best illustrated and most innovative books for children and teenagers. BRAW is one of the most popular international awards in the world for children’s publishing.