The Swiss Children’s and Youth Book Award honors annually an outstanding publication in the fields of picture books, children’s and youth books – non-fiction books or comics with a young target group can also be awarded. An independent jury nominates five titles from the submitted publications for the shortlist, which is published in March, and selects the winner from this list.
During the Solothurn Literature Days, all five nominated titles will be presented and the winning book will be announced. The main prize is endowed with 10,000 Swiss francs, the other nominees each receive 2,500 Swiss francs.
Eligible for the award are publications by authors and illustrators of Swiss nationality and by authors and illustrators who have been resident in Switzerland for at least two years.
This national award for authors of books for children and teenagers is organized by the Swiss Publisher and Booksellers Association SBVV, the Solothurn Literature Days and the Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media SIKJM.
The Swiss Children’s and Youth Book Award aims to help Swiss authors and illustrators and their publishers to gain greater public awareness and appreciation. The award underlines the importance of a diverse and lively children’s and youth literature for the reading motivation of children and teenagers.