Strega Prize Ragazze e Ragazzi 2022

A total of 157 titles took part in the five-category competition: the three age groups – 26 titles in the 6+ category (readers aged 6 to 7), 39 in the 8+ category (readers aged 8 to 10), and 50 in the 11+ category (readers aged 11 to 13); the best debut book category, launched in 2021 - 20 titles; and the new best narrative through images category – 42 titles. All entries, either original or in translation, were published in Italy between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022.

Students from one hundred and sixty primary and secondary schools in Italy and abroad cast their vote in their reader category. Young reader groups organized by libraries in Italy and abroad and cultural institutions were also involved.

The Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi is sponsored by the Fondazione Maria e Goffredo Bellonci and Strega Alberti Benevento, organisers of the Premio Strega, together with the Centro per il libro e la lettura and BolognaFiere-Bologna Children's Book Fair in partnership with BPER Banca and IBS.it La Feltrinelli.

BEST DEBUT BOOK AWARD

Premio Strega Ragazzi e Ragazze’s Scientific Committee has announced the three finalists for its Best Debut Book Award.

The Committee has selected the following books from the sixteen titles entered by publishers:

  • Elle McNicollUna specie di scintilla (A kind of Spark), translated by Sante Bandirali, Uovonero;
  • Camille MonceauxLe cronache dell’acero e del ciliegio (Les chroniques de l'érable et du cerisier), translated by Fabrizio Ascari (L’ippocampo);
  • Antonia MurgoMiss Dicembre e il clan di luna (Bompiani)

The three finalists will be presented on Friday, 20 May at 2.30 p.m. at the Bookstock Arena at Turin’s International Book Fair, along with the winner and longlists of each of the three competition categories (6+, 8+ and 11+ age groups).

The Committee chooses the debut-book finalists from the titles submitted by publishers. Should the book receiving the most votes be a translation, a prize of the same entity will be awarded to the translator by BolognaFiere

THE BEST NARRATIVE IN PICTURES PRIZE

The Scientific Committee - chaired by Giovanni Solimine and comprising Marco Bartolomucci, Laura Bellacicco, Angelo Piero Cappello, Flavia Cristiano, Fabio Geda, Grazia Gotti, Martino Negri, Elena Pasoli, Ilaria Tagliaferri and Viriginia Tonfoni - has selected the three finalists for the best narrative picture-book prize.

  • Michał SkibińskiHo visto un bellissimo picchio (I saw a beautiful woodpecker), illustrations by Ala Bankroft, translation by Silvia Mercurio, Einaudi Ragazzi 
  • Øyvind Torseter, Mule Boy e il Troll dal cuore strappato, (Mule Boy) translated by Alice Tonzig, Beisler 
  • Peter Van den Ende, Il viaggio, Terre di mezzo (The Wanderer)

The winner of this category, announced at the 2022 Bologna Children's Book Fair, on 23 March, is Peter Van den Ende, for Il viaggio.