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The selections of Bologna Ragazzi Award 2017

Friday the 10th and saturday the 11th are going to be hectic for us at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, as the 2017 BRAW (BolognaRagazzi Award) jury will gather for selections at the Bologna Fiere stand.

As previously annonuced here, this year’s jury members are Marwa Obaid Rashid Al Aqroubi, Julia Eccleshare, Paula Jarrin, Guido Scarabottolo and Tomas Klepoch.See Children’s Book Fair’s website and social media for a live-stream of the jury’s selection process in each and every category, namely Fiction, Non Fiction, New Horizon, Opera Prima.

Books & Seeds
- a category focusing on food-related issues and natural living, is now a BRAW permanent category, following the partnership between Bologna Fiere and FICO Eataly World. Learn more on our website.

We’d love to thank the jury members who will evaluate the candidated entries: Duccio Caccioni, Sebastiano Sardo e Barbara Sghiavetta. Last but not least, a reminder for Art Books, this year’s Special Category, whose jury members are Paola Vassalli, Veronica Ceruti, Brunella Manzardo, Silvana Sola and Angela Vettese.


BRAW Art is the first initiative of a great two-year project completely dedicated to children's art books, that Bologna Children's Book Fair creates in partnership with Turin's Salone Internazionale del Libro.

These three juries are up to evaluate 1182 books gathering from 39 different countries. A winner will be chosen out of each category. It’s a very thrilling task, and very demanding too. In order to stick to this responsibility, the jury members will use the knowhow acquired in years of experience, which made them count as the most influencial professionals in art and
teens’ publishing worldwide.

We’ll get to know them better over the next days. In the meantime we asked some of them how they are gearing up to the event. Here are some feedbacks.

Guido Scarabattolo, illustrator, graphic, and BRAW member.
“To me, the main criteria is quality, bearing in mind that quality is undefinible. The other criteria is depth.”

Paola Vassalli, founder and director of Scaffale d’Arte in Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizioni and BRAW ART member.
“Books may help discover and undersand the language of the arts (...). I’d love to find out new and unusual books, necessary and not-to-be-missed books to be flickered through and read, alone or not.”

Duccio Caccioni, agronomist and food farming specialist, Books & Seeds jury member.
“I'm gonna adopt both educational and aesthetic criteria... new educational formulas are required.”