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 160 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 three categories: one aimed at readers from 6 to 7 years (6+), one for readers from 8 to 10 years (8+), and one for readers from 11 to 13 years (11+). The 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 promoted by BolognaFiere/Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Maria and Goffredo Bellonci Foundation, Strega Alberti Benevento and the Italian Centre for Books and Reading (CEPELL), in partnership with BPER Banca and IBS.it La Feltrinelli.