I had the great pleasure of jurying the 2012 BolognaRagazzi Award for the 2012 Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. I’m now back from my visit to Bologna—needless to say, I slept like a log last night—after having looked at nearly a thousand illustrated books from all over the world with fellow jury member and French book designer Raymond Stoffel, as well as Professor Antonio Faeti, chair of the jury and all-around brilliant human being.
To say that I am grateful and thrilled to have seen so much beautiful international children’s book art would be a serious understatement.
Here I am pictured in front of Giannino Stoppani, the world’s most perfect children’s bookshop. One day I am going to go back to Italy with my pillow and sleeping bag to just MOVE IN to this shop and sleep there amongst the books.
Later, I will share more pictures from the inside, and I’ll tell you more about it then, too. I am waving now to Grazia Gotti, who owns the shop and reads 7-Imp daily. (And I say “ciao!” in my best Italian accent, though it will probably sound a bit twangy, no matter how hard I try.) I was flattered to learn she and her colleagues read 7-Imp on the other side of the world, and it was great to meet them and to spend the day in their shop.
I also finally got to meet in person the dear, sweet Cristiana Clerici. More on that soon, too.
The 2012 BolognaRagazzi Award winners will be announced soon. Exciting! Until then, I set off to get caught up on everything else.
Back soon …