2022 Jury The "Children-Spectators"

Meet the jury in charge for the 2022 exhibition selection 


Giovanna Ballin

Giovanna Ballin is an editor, in charge of the International section of Corraini Edizioni, with more than 25 years of experience in publishing, both in artistic and managerial side.

As Foreign Rights Manager, Giovanna participates in the sector’s leading fairs and events such as Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Frankfurt Buchmesse, London Book Fair, Bookexpo America, Tokyo Art Book Fair, Seoul International Book Fair, Guadalajara International Book Fair, New York Art Book Fair, L.A. Art Book Fair And New York Rights Fair, organising Exhibitions and exchanges with foreign authorities and institutions. She is also an editor whose intense research and scouting activity has led to the discovery of emerging authors and the development of projects and collaborations with numerous foreign publishers from all countries.  

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Roberto Frabetti
President of the Jury

Founder in 1976 of Bologna’s children’s theatre La Baracca - Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, director, actor, playwright and administrator Roberto Frabetti is both artistic director of Bologna’s festival for the very young “Small size, performing arts for early years”, a four-year (2014-2018) European project, and project manager of the 2018-2022 European project “Mapping. A map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years”. A member of the Executive Committee of Assitej International and Assitej Italia, he received the ASSITEJ Award for Artistic Excellence in 2008 (on behalf of La Baracca) and the “ASSITEJ Germany Award in 2018. Again on behalf of La Baracca, Roberto received the National Award “Infanzia (Childhood) - Piccolo Plauto 2013” for his “contribution to children’s culture”. He curated the “Charter of Children's Rights to Art and Culture”, a La Baracca-Testoni Ragazzi project awarded the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. Besides authoring 61 shows for young people and 33 for small children, he has written various books and articles on theatre for children and young people published in numerous anthologies.

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Philip Giordano

From a multi-cultural background thanks to a Filipino mother and Swiss father, Philip Giordano now lives and works in both Italy and Japan. After graduating from the Brera Fine Arts Academy, Philip studied illustration at Milan’s European Design Institute. In 2010, he won the Bologna Children’s Book Fair - Fundación SM Award. His first book as an author, Il pinguino che aveva freddo (Lapis edizioni, 2016), won him the 2017 Andersen Prize for the best book for 0 - 6 year-olds. The Chinese version of L'Étoile de Robin (Milan Editions, 2019) won Taiwan’s best young readers’ book of the year (OpenBook, 2021)

Philip’s numerous publications include his latest book, I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast (Flying Eye Books, 2020), which has been translated in over 23 countries and was selected by London’s Royal Society for its Young People's Book Prize Annual. In 2018, Giordano was a jury member of the illustrators’ exhibition at the Sharjah International Book Fair in the UAE, and in 2020 at China’s Shanghai International Children's Book Fair (CCBF). 

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Giorgia Grilli

Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Bologna University, Giorgia Grilli is a co-founder of the Department of Education’s Children’s Literature Research Centre (CRLI). She has authored and curated books and critical essays on children’s literature, several of which translated and published in English. Giorgia has also organized and spoken at many international children’s literature conferences, and in 2015 received the Children’s Literature Association’s ‘Distinguished Scholar’ Award. She is the Principal Investigator of the non-fiction picturebook research project promoted by Bologna University in partnership with Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which gave life to G.Grilli (ed) Non-Fiction Picturebooks. Sharing Knowledge as an Aesthetic Experience, ETS, 2020. Her numerous books include the recent title Di cosa parlano i libri per bambini. La letteratura per l'infanzia come critica radicale, Donzelli, 2021.

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