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14-17 June 2021

Jury 2021 Illustrators Exhibition


Beatrice Alemagna
Artist, Italy

Beatrice Alemagna has written and illustrated more than forty books that have been translated in 25 countries. Born in Bologna in 1973, after graduating in Editorial Graphic Design from Isia in Urbino, she moved to Paris in 1997, beginning a career as an author-illustrator, published first in France and then throughout the world. She has created posters for the Georges Pompidou Centre, as well as toys and other objects, and been a jury member of international contests.

In 2006, her book “A Lion in Paris” won the Special Mention for the best picturebook of the year at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and in 2007 was awarded a prize at the Taipei International Book Exhibition. 2011 saw her awarded the Andersen Italia Illustrator of the Year Prize. Her work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions at venues like Munich’s JugenBibliotek, the Montreuil (Paris) Children’s Book Fair, the American Society of Illustrators in New York, and at Bologna’s Archiginnasio History Museum. Beatrice has been selected seven times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and twice for the Andersen International Prize.

She has illustrated authors like David Grossmann, Agota Kristof, Raymond Quenau, Aldous Huxley, Guillaume Apollinaire, David Almond, Astrid Lindgren and, on several occasions, Gianni Rodari, the author she considers one of her spiritual fathers. Her books have been published by Albin Michel, Topipittori, Harper Collins, Tate Publisher, l’Ecole des loisirs, Thames & Hudson, Enchanted Lion, Mondadori, Hélium, MoMA, Seuil, Autrement , Gallimard, Phaïdon, Casterman and Walker Books.


In 2015, Huffington Post included “A Lion in Paris” on its list of Classic Children’s Books. In the same year, two of her books – “Gisèle de verre” and “Jo singe garçon” – were included in Martin Salisbury’s “100 Great Picture Books for Children”. In 2017, the picturebook “On a Magical Do-nothing Day” was awarded the New York Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, the Prix Landerneau, the Moulins Grand Prix for illustration, listed among the ten best picturebooks of the year by The New York Times (“Gisèle de verre” would be listed in 2019), awarded the British School Library Association Prize in 2018 and Germany’s Huckepack Prize in 2019. Her “What is a Child?” (Topipittori 2008) was purchased in 2013 by the Mexican government for distribution throughout schools in Mexico, and in 2018 became a school book for all primary schools in Hiroshima, Japan. In recent years, Beatrice has given herself over to painting. In 2021 her work will be exhibited in two solo shows in Paris and in an exhibition in Wanås, Sweden.

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Artist and Graphic Designer, Germany

Atak (Georg Barber) is an artist, graphic designer and illustrator living and working in Berlin. He has had many solo exhibitions and worked on a variety of books, comics and illustrations for publications such as The New Yorker, GEO and The New York Times. ATAK is also Professor of Illustration at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle.

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Suzanne Carnell
Publisher, Two Hoots, UK

In a career that began at Penguin Books (in New Zealand and the UK) and spans three decades, Suzanne Carnell has been lucky enough to work with many of today’s most talented authors and illustrators including Emily Gravett, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Rod Campbell, Chris Riddell, David Roberts, Roger McGough, Lane Smith and Emma Chichester Clark.

After 12 years heading up the picturebook list at Macmillan Children’s Books, in 2016 she launched her own imprint at Pan Macmillan, Two Hoots, with the ambition to create a quality children’s illustrated list with no boundaries of format, age group, style or content, offering the most gifted authors, artists and designers the creative space to try new things.

In its first four years, Two Hoots has received considerable critical acclaim, and their talented authors and illustrators have won prizes including Best International Picture Book at the Chen Bochui Children’s Literature Awards in Shanghai (twice), an Ezra Jack Keats Honor in the USA, and the Bologna RagazziAward Opera Prima, as well as many UK awards including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the top prize for illustration in the UK.

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Kiyoko Matsuoka
Associate Director and Curator, Itabashi Art Museum, Japan

Kiyoko Matsuoka was born in 1961 in Tokyo. She graduated from the Joshibi University of Art and Design, majoring in Art History and Iconology of Christian Art, later obtaining a Master’s Degree from Chiba University on the History of Art Education in Japan. In 1986, she became a curator at the Itabashi Art Museum, in 1989 heading the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition in Japan and partnering Bologna Children’s Book Fair in the organization of the exhibition’s world tour. Over the years, Kiyoko has curated several exhibitions on picturebook artists, such as Leo Lionni (1996, 2018-2020), Yasuo Segawa (1997), Tomi Ungerer (2001), Dick Bruna (2003-2004), Bruno Munari (2007-2008), Tara Books (2017) and Katsumi Komagata (2020). She has organised workshops for young artists on the creation of books for children, various events and courses for adults and school children interested in picturebooks. She has co-written the latest catalogue on the life and work of Leo Lionni. Currently Associate Director of the Itabashi Art Museum, she is also a university lecturer on picturebooks, and has juried many shows such as the BIB exhibition, the Golden Pinwheel and the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. An EC member of IBBY from 2010 to 2014, Kiyoko is a board member of JBBY, the Japanese section of IBBY.

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Maria Russo
Editorial Director, Minedition, USA

Maria Russo is the Editorial Director of mineditionUS, an international publisher of picture books and board books. She is the co-author of How to Raise a Reader (Workman, 2019) and a former Children's Books Editor of the New York Times. Previously, she was a writer and editor at publications including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, and She holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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