The prize, which has an annual endowment of thirty thousand dollars, seeks to recognize authors who have reached excellence in a literary career in the area of books for children and young people in Ibero-America. Its objective is to promote reading amongst Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking young people and children, as a tool for social development in these countries.
The Prize was inaugurated in 2005, as part of Ibero-American Year of Reading, and launched at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair. It was included in the Ibero-American Reading Plan (ILÍMITA), a programme of the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government to promote reading in the region.
The eighth awards ceremony of the Prize will be held in 2012, and nominations are open until 31 May, 2012. Each of the participating institutions nominates a specialist in children’s and youth literature who can read both Spanish and Portuguese, to be a member of the prize’s jury. The jury meets to hold discussions in one country in Ibero-America. Once their decision has been reached, the name of the winner is published and the prize is awarded at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, in Mexico.
There is no other award in Ibero-America that recognizes the works of a children’s or youth author taken as a whole. The prize is therefore a unique opportunity recognize the literary careers of Spanish and Portuguese language writers.
Prize board secretary
Magdalena 211, Col. del Valle
C.P. 03100, México, D.F.
Tel: 10878400 ext. 625