photo: The Book Institute

Exhibition of the Silent Book Contest finalists

An exhibition of the finalists of the Silent Book Contest opened on Monday as part of the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Among the nominees was Polish illustrator Aleksandra Artymowska with her latest, as yet unpublished book Night Expedition.

For the 10th edition of the Silent Book Contest - Premio Gianni De Conno, which ended on 5th February 2023, 280 unpublished works were submitted from 56 different countries and territories. The Silent Book Contest rewards children's publications with no words.

The international jury is chaired this year by Walter Fochesato, an Italian scholar of children's literature and illustration history.

The following twelve projects made it into the final:

  • „E poi un giorno” by Marta Herrera (Mexico)
  • „I'm big and small” by Qi Jiaona China)
  • „Il ninja innamorato” by Alessandro Stilla (Italy)
  • „Into the white” by Chiara Ficarelli (Italy)
  • „L’ultimo viaggio” by Zongxi Deng (China)
  • „La fuga” by Agim Sulaj (Albania)
  • „La roccia” by Antonio Bonanno (Italy)
  • „Legno” by Montserrat Batet Creixell (Spain)
  • „Night expedition” by Aleksandra Artymowska (Poland)
  • „Piantala” by Alessia Roselli (Italy)
  • „The adventure of Doris Florence Valentine” by Florence Waters (United Kingdom)
  • „To the moon” by Lingxiao Zhang (China)

The winner will be announced in May at the Turin International Book Fair.

This year, Aleksandra Artymowska reached the final of the Silent Book Contest for the second time. In 2016, she was recognised for her book Wplątany w labirynty (“Amazed”), which was published in a dozen countries around the world. Also this year, Artymowska received the Purple Island Award as part of the Nami Concours 2023.