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FINALISTS (in Alphabetical Order)

Here are the ten finalists of the 2013 Bologna Ragazzi Digital Prize, along with the juror’s comments:

Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night, $2.99, by Bookerella, USA http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bats!-furry-fliers-night/id494297887?mt=8
This well crafted non-fiction app is an interactive exploration of a mammal that catches the attention of every child. For ages 5-12.

Endless Alphabet, $free, by Callaway Digital Arts, USA
Here’s an extremely strong early reading app that playfully introduces the magic of letters, in a way that several children can share together. For ages 3-6.

Four Little Corners, $2.99, by DADA Company, Spain
http://bit.ly/VrPSPk (Android)
https://itunes.apple.com/app/four-little-corners/id598573155 (Apple)
This is a delightful story of inclusion, where a child can experience what it is like to not fit in with a group. The animation, sounds and graphics work perfectly with the story. For ages 3-8.

IdentiKat, $0.99, by Lastrego & Testa Multimedia S.r.l., Italy
Even a dog lover will like this richly illustrated cat collage toolkit, complete with an endless supply of exotic materials from “Grandma’s scrap box.” For ages 3-up.

Monster’s Socks, $2.99, by Martin Hughes, UK
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.monstersocks&hl=en (Android)
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monsters-socks/id521546698?mt=8 (Apple)
Jump inside an exotic dream world, where you can help a monster find a pair of lost socks using a creative scrolling navigation technique. For ages 3-up.

Rita the Lizard, $2.99, by Irene Blasco Studio, Spain
Beauty meets craftsmanship, in this story about a tiny lizard with an identity crisis. Jurors: “Each page is a delight to explore.” For ages 2-up.

Rounds: Franklin Frog, $4.99, by Nosy Crow, UK
This gentle introduction of big ideas can ignite a life-long interest in science. For ages 3-6.

Voyage of Ulysses, The, $3.99, by Elastico Srl, Italy
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-voyage-of ulysses/id538571921?l=it&ls=1&mt=8
A set of ancient stories comes to life on tablet technology, by way of 26 surprise-filled screens. For ages 7-14.

War Horse, $13.99, by Touch Press, UK
This towering achievement in the interactive non-fiction category expertly weaves the complete text of the book with a musical reading and real, non-watered down images from both sides of the conflict. For ages 9-up.

Where Do Balloons Go?, $5.99, by Auryn, Inc., USA
This app explores a simple question with beautiful art and clever interactive techniques. There’s even a balloon theatre, for answering the question your way. For ages 3-8.

  • The prize considered 234 entries from 32 countries.
  • Four jurors debated, one vote each
  • Two winners (one fiction, one nonfiction)
  • Four mentions (two fiction, two nonfiction)
  • Ten finalists (five fiction, five nonfiction)
Winner (Fiction)
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Four Little Corners (Fiction) by DADA Company - Spain
This delightful story is about helping a square peg as it tries desperately to fit through a round hole, in order to be with friends. This book-inspired app demonstrates that the translation from print to digital needn’t be sophisticated, as long as a good story is involved. The underlying message — that childhood can be a time when fitting in is difficult — struck a chord with the jurors, who noted “Geometric forms have never been so moving or funny.” iOS
Winners (Nonfiction)
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War Horse (Nonfiction) by Touch Press - UK
This towering achievement in the interactive non-fiction category is based on the historical interpretation of WWI, as told by the Michael Morpurgo novel. The app expertly mixes traditional text, musical performance and 360 degree photography techniques with a live author reading. Jurors appreciated the multiple ways to explore a complicated social topic, from either the Allied or German point of view. iOS
Mentions (Fiction)
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Monster's Socks (Fiction) by Martin Hughes - UK
Wonderful, whimsical illustrations meet a good story, and an especially clever scroll-like navigation technique. The story, about a child-like monster in search of his socks – is expertly delivered on the touch screen, where pages are replaced by two simple arrows, letting you move with fluid ease forward or backward through the adventure. You help by making a bridge, sailing a boat or flying home from the moon. iOS
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Rita the Lizard (Fiction) by Irene Blasco Studio - Spain
This ancient tale of friendship and identity is delivered with luscious illustrations and state-of-the-art interactive elements that extend the ideas of the story beyond the traditional page. You can swipe your way up the neck of a giraffe, or explore the rich foliage of a jungle scene. Responsive and playful, the jurors liked the ability to toggle between four languages or record the narration. iOS
Mentions (Nonfiction)
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Endless Alphabet (Nonfiction) by Originator - USA
Interactive alphabet books abound, both in print and on touch screens. Few, however, are this playful and so informally educationally. Children discover an ensemble of singing letters who work together to link word bits to words, to build meaning. Jurors appreciated the social play opportunities of this app. iOS
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Rounds: Franklin Frog (Nonfiction) by Nosy Crow - UK
Nosy Crow’s “Rounds” firmly demonstrates how a digital work can masterfully help children think outside the all-too-typical beginning, middle and end format. They first meet a frog named Franklin, who swims, hops and hibernates his way through a complete life cycle, in a way that ends with a beginning. It gently introduces some profound ideas that can ignite the curiosity of a future scientist. iOS
2013 BolognaRagazzi Prize Jurors

The Jury of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award will be consisting of international experts active in digital publishing and illustration.

Warren Buckleitner, Children’s Technology Review
Warren has been reviewing children’s technology products since the 1980s.
He is the editor of Children’s Technology Review (http://childrenstech.com" target = "_blank">http://childrenstech.com) and creator of the Dust or Magic Institute (http://http://www.dustormagic.com" target = "_blank">http://http://www.dustormagic.com) and the Mediatech Foundation (http://www.mediatech.org" target = "_blank">http://www.mediatech.org). He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine. He is a former preschool and elementary school classroom teacher who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.
Cristina Mussinelli, Italian Publishers Association IDPF Board Member

Cristina Mussinelli
Cristina is the LIA project coordinator as she has been focused on the issue of accessibility in publishing since 2007, when she coordinated the Pro-Access Project, funded by the European Commission within the eLearning Program, participated by the Italian Publishers Association, the Federation of European Publishers and Dedicon.

Since 1992, she has been involved in the digital and multimedia market. Since 1988 she has been responsible for the technological innovation and digital publishing areas within the Italian Publishers Association, the trade association representing more than the 90% of the Italian book publishing market, where she manages European and international projects, the digital publishing professional training course program, the Editech conference http://www.editech.info and the Permanent Observatory on Digital Content. Furthermore, since 2010 she has been a member of the Board of IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum), the global trade and standards association for electronic publishing, that develops and maintains the EPUB® standard.

André Letria
André attended the painting course at the Fine Art School of Lisbon. He has worked as an illustrator since 1992, regularly illustrating books for children and collaborating with newspapers and magazines. He won several awards such as the Portuguese Illustration Award, the Gulbenkian Award, a Silver Medal in the 3×3 annual Children’s Books contest or an Award of Excellence for Illustration by the Society for News Design (USA). His books are published in the USA, England, Spain or Italy, among others.

André has participated in international exhibitions like the Biennial of Bratislava, Bologna, Sarmede or Ilustrarte. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as a theatre set designer in a Lisbon theatre company. He has directed an animation short film (Zé Pimpão, “O acelera”) and a series (Foxy & Meg), both awarded and adapted from books with his illustrations. In 2010, he founded Pato Lógico Edições.

Chris Meade, if:book
Chris is Director of if:book, the think and do tank exploring the future of the book in the digital age. He was previously Director of Booktrust and the Poetry Society, ran “Imagination Services” for Birmingham libraries, devising innovative projects to promote creative reading and writing. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing & New Media and is author of articles, plays and http://http://www.insearchoflosttim.net, a digital novella. More at http://http://www.futureofthebook.org and his blog http://http://www.bookfutures.com

Warren, Cristina, André and Chris

A GLOBAL REACH. This year’s contest attracted 243 entries from 32 countries, each released within the past year. Any publisher from any country can enter a product for any platform – the jurors made a conscious effort to be blind to the size and origin of the publisher. Because these products can travel between borders at the speed of light, work was submitted from all over the world making this year’s edition especially interesting.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE PAGE. Technology can detract from a story, cluttering the experience with animation, sounds or clever effects. Other times, a product is no more than a digitization of a printed product, with pages that turn, and perhaps some text scaffolding tools. These may even have some animations “sprinkled” on the page. In a few instances the magic of the interactive technology was woven perfectly with the highest quality “old fashioned” illustration, craftsmanship and narration, creating a rich experience that was delight to explore. These were the finalists and winners of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Prize..

WHO DECIDES? The prize is managed and sponsored by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair; it is managed and directed by Children’s Technology Review, a USA based periodical. The winners are determined by a rotating annual jury comprised of international experts in both digital publishing, writing and illustration. There is one vote per juror; and the debate takes place in the fall and spring. Judging concludes with a face to face demonstration session, in which the short lists and winners are selected and a toast to excellence is proposed.

For the 2013 edition, these jurors were Warren Buckleitner, Editor of Children’s Technology Review (USA), André Letria, Children’s Book Illustrator (Portugal), Chris Meade, Director of if:book (UK) and Cristina Mussinelli, Italian Publishers Association (Italy).

ABOUT THE BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has a long-standing reputation for being the place where innovation in children’s publishing is unveiled to the world.

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