Tommaso lives and writes on an isolated hilltop surrounded by rocks, wind, woods and roe deer. Passionate about stories, sleight of hand, comics and games, he is a curious writer and, as such, tackles various genres, ranging from historical fiction to science fiction, from adventures to thrillers. His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Elisa Puricelli has been working for years as an editor, translator and writer. She has published several novels with Salani, Solferino, Lapis, Einaudi Ragazzi, Rizzoli, Giunti and Il Battello a Vapore. Her books have been translated into several languages, including exotic ones such as Japanese and Indonesian. In 2013, she won the Bancarellino Prize with the long seller Cuori di carta, Einaudi Ragazzi. With Il segreto del pettirosso (Zelda: The Secret of the Red Robin), Salani, she was a finalist for the Orbil Prize and the Bancarellino Prize in 2021.
A screenwriter, director, writer and film critic, Manlio Castagna has also been involved in the artistic direction of the Giffoni Film Festival for more than 20 years. He made his debut in children’s fiction in 2018 with the bestselling Petrademone trilogy (Mondadori), translated into various languages. Since then, he has explored many different genres: from historical fantasy with La notte delle malombre (The Night of the Malombre) and Draconis Chronicon, to horror with Goodwill and Le Belve (The Beasts) and social noir with Barriera. La reincarnazione delle sorelle Klun (The Reincarnation of the Klun Sisters), Oscar Mondadori Vault, is his first book for adults.
Guido is one of the most famous Italian children’s book writers.
He writes for newspapers, cinema and television.
Author of over one hundred books, his stories have been translated into many languages and have won all the major literary prizes dedicated to writing for children, such as the Italian Andersen in 2009, 2015 and 2018, and the Strega Children’s Prize in 2019.
An author whose books have been translated into 25 languages, in Italy Davide Morosinotto won the Super Andersen Prize in 2017 with Il Rinomato Catalogo Walker&Dawn (The Pocket Watch Gang), Mondadori, and the Strega Children’s Prize 2021 with La Più Grande (The Greatest), Rizzoli, with which he also entered the IBBY Honour List 2021. A finalist at the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and winner of the Penzberger Urmel in Germany, he has also won the Prix des Bouquineurs en Seine and the Grand Prix des Lecteurs du Journal de Mickey in France, the Vlag en Wimpel and the Zilveren Griffel in Holland, the KJV in Flanders, the Protagonista Jove prize in Catalonia and he was nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2022 in the United Kingdom.
Giada grew up in the Cremona countryside, before moving to Milan to study foreign languages and literatures.
She won the second edition of Do You Have a Story?, where she met Gisella Laterza, her partner in Rhyme.
By day she manages Book on a Tree’s social media pages, while by night she writes with her cat, Nike. Pale. Allergic to garlic. Some people already have their suspicions...
Jacopo Olivieri, a versatile artist, started off as an illustrator and cartoonist.
He worked for years in the theatre as a costume designer and set designer.
He has published children’s books with the leading Italian publishing houses.
Lucia has a patient scientist by her side and a house full of books.
In addition to writing novels, she works in cinema and animation.
Olimpia is a translator, teacher and tour guide. She has written articles on the environment and mountains, scripts and theatrical performances and she is the author of the book “Viva via Italy” together with Paolo La Bu.
With Book on a Tree she is developing three new publishing projects.
Andrea works with all aspects of graphics, from food packaging to social campaigns.
His passion for illustration led him to join Book on a Tree.
In October 2018, the first two volumes of the series “The Fetid Four” (Piemme) were released; and he is currently working on a graphic novel and publishing projects due out in 2020. For the last four years, he has appeared every Wednesday in the pages of the La Stampa newspaper with a humorous cartoon.
Alessandro Gatti was born in 1975. As a young man, he studied a lot of philosophy but then he thought it was best to start writing novels for children. He is the author of the Klincus Corteccia books (Mondadori), which have just been adapted into a cartoon series. Along with Pierdomenico Baccalario and Lucia Vaccarino, he is also the author of the novels in the Sherlock, Lupin & Io (Sherlock, Lupin & Me) series, Piemme, translated into several languages. For a few years he has also been a comic book writer for Disney.
Andrea Pau has been cluttering up Sardinia since 1981. He writes comics, children’s novels, cartoons, books under other people’s names. He has collaborated, among others, with Einaudi Ragazzi (Fiume Europa [River Europe] co-written with Andrea Atzori, 2019); DeAgostini (Dinoamici, 2013); Solferino (Nome di Battaglia Magda, 2019); Sergio Bonelli Editore (Bonelli Kids: il Re dei Troll [The King of Trolls], 2020); and Lapis Edizioni (Lorenzo Lodato e il conto alla rovescia [Percy Praised and the Countdown], 2021).
Andrea Tullio Canobbio is a researcher and Italian language teacher. He currently works at the University of Pavia. Since 2013, he has been combining his research and teaching activity with working as a children’s author, collaborating with the Book on a Tree circle of authors. His latest books include La nascita del computer (EL) and Il merlo canta libero (Solferino), co-written with Alessandro Gatti.
Azzurra D’Agostino was born and lives in a small town in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. She has published several poetry collections (for which she has received the Carducci Prize, the Ciampi Valigie Rosse Prize and was a finalist at the Viareggio-Repaci Prize), and writes for theatre for both adults and children. She had published the picture books Piccoli amori, Intervista alla felicità, Luce and Poesie della neve. She also curated Da grande voglio fare il poeta, an anthology of poems written by children – the results of workshops held throughout Italy. Her first children’s novel was released in October 2020: Il giardini dei desideri (The Garden of Wishes). In 2023, the palmistry deck she designed was released, with an instruction booklet, Oracolo del destino and picture book for very young children Ciao Nido!. In addition to writing, she runs poetry workshops for people of all ages.