Star-Builders by Soojin Kwak is the Winner of the 6th Edition of the contest!

Everybody can read it because it knows no limits in terms of age, sex or language. It is for everyone.

A kid can read it alone, as well as an adult. At the same time a kid and an adult can read it together, side by side, enhancing precious growth and connection paths. It allows everyone to give his own interpretation and meanwhile it promotes dialogue. Each one of us can search and chose his own way to read it, and then switch to another one and another one.

It’s never simple nor trivial. Sometimes it deliberately loves ambiguity and riddle, but it always leads the ways to solve everything, if you want to. Then it asks you to reflect, to speculate. It challenges our cleverness. It is necessarily slow, it compels us to be focused on the page and to go back to it frequently. It is silent, but meanwhile it screams or yells, whispers or suggests, digresses or sings. It tells us a secret but it never shuts up. It promotes good, deep and real emotions letting the reader search the right key inside himself, starting from his own experience.

They are all very different but identical at the same time, they are linked to one another by a common lexicon and common rules. Although these rules should be searched because they are never explicit. As democracy, they have roots (a story and a memory) and wings (the future).

– Walter Fochesato, President of the Jury


Last year participants submitted their works from all over the world.
Thank you all the authors from Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Colombia, China, South Korea, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Japan, Hong Kong, Hungary Ireland, India, Israel, Italy, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zeland, Holland, Poland, Portogual, United Kingdom, Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA.

Finalists where presented and exhibited at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April. Then the exhibition arrived in May at the Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino where the winner was also announced for the first time. The official presentation of the winning book took place in Montereggio (Liguria – Italy) at the end of August, during the award ceremony. In 2019 the finalists where also exhibited at the Zang Leping Museum in Hai Yan (China).

Here some shot of what happened during 2019.