Created in 2016, the Strega Prize Ragazze e Ragazzi originates from Italy’s most coveted award for literature – the Strega Prize. Launched to foster a long-life passion for books, the award aims to promote the educational and cultural value of reading and find out which titles young readers love the most.
Books published in Italy by Italian and foreign authors in translation are judged by a jury composed of children and teenagers from 100 schools and libraries across Italy and abroad.
The winners of the prize are the author and the translator, if the book is from abroad.
There are two categories: one aimed at readers from 6 to 10 years (+6) and one for readers from 11 to 15 years (+11). The two groups of finalist books the young jurors receive are selected by an expert Committee from among the titles proposed each year by the publishers.
The award is sponsored by BolognaFiere, the Maria and Goffredo Bellonci Foundation in partnership with Strega Alberti Benevento and the Italian Centre for Books and Reading (CEPELL).
The 5,000 Euro prize given to the winning books in the two competition categories and is offered by the company Strega Alberti. If the winning book is an Italian translation of a foreign-language original, a prize of the same amount is offered to the translator by BolognaFiere.
Since 2017, BPER Bank also awards a plaque and a cash prize to one of the schools members of the +6 jury for the reading activities inspired by the shortlisted books, and to a young member of the +11 jury for the best review, who respectively win a bonus of 1,000 and 500 euros.