Azzura D'Agostino has published various poetry collections, receiving numerous prizes and mentions, including the 2014 Carducci Award. Since 2005 she's written for the theatre and runs writing and poetry workshops for adults and children. In addition to poetry books, she has published numerous illustrated books with Fatatrac and Electa Kids. The Garden of Wishes is her imaginative and poetic debut in children's fiction.
Carlotta is a former boxer, a bit of a petrol head and a fanatic for technology. She also has a degree in Education Sciences. For years she edited books for primary schools and she founded the Scioglilibro Association to promote a love of reading. She loves drawing animals with biro pens, especially at meetings. Cartoons, meatballs, mashed potatoes and stories about big ideals are some of her favourite things.
Christian is an author, journalist, translator and videogame creator. He lives in the Valassina mountains with his family, five cats, a dog and the characters of his novels. In 2016, he published The Berlin Offside which was a finalist for the Bancarellino Children's Prize and won Il Gigante della Langhe in 2017. In 2018, the rights of the same book were optioned for a TV series.
Christian was born in Milan to an Italian mother and German father. He studied aeronautical engineering and has worked in role-playing games, journalism, IT and photography. He lives in Milan with his wife, two daughters and dog. Parachute jumping is not something he’s ever contemplated as he’s afraid of heights.
Daniele lives in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont, where he writes everything from novels to cards and messages in bottles. He began telling stories as a boy, whenever he came home late. His debut novel Grande won the Legenda Junior Prize and was shortlisted for the Bancarellino Prize 2018.
Eduardo is one of the world’s leading experts on the topics of laughter, play and sense of humour. His consultancy Serious Fun Training specialises in the application of positive emotions in the workplace. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books published in different countries.
Giuseppe has a degree in Natural Sciences and works in the environmental education field. His great passions in life are writing, music and the outdoors. Founder and singer of the Lingalad folk music group, he has also written a number of nature reports for Italian broadcaster RAI, and starred in the award-winning documentary Oltre la Frontiera. His novels have been widely translated.
Genoese by birth, a bookseller by family inheritance, and then a trainer and executive coach, Mariapaola today deals with writing and training. Between 2018 and 2020 she published “Filo il mio amico immaginario” (Eli Publishing), “Case nel mondo” (ElectaKids), “La collana della nonna” (Tandem-Il Castoro), “Emma. Aspirante Cupido” and “Orgoglio e pregiudizio. Mai fidarsi delle apparenze” (Hop edizioni), “Fuga da campo sventura” (Bonelli Kids), “Il grande viaggio di Naoki” (Jaca Book), “Ancora, papà” (Terre di Mezzo), “Storie di ragazzi che cambiano il mondo” (Electa Junior), “Angela Davis e Rosa Parks” (Beccogiallo). She coordinates the training and reading promotion project “Omero – Gli scrittori raccontano i libri” (Writers telling their books), conducts creative writing workshops and carries out interviews with illustrators, because she still hopes to learn to draw.
Pierdomenico grew up in an old house with a library containing more than 20,000 volumes. A writer and journalist, his books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into over 30 languages. Today he is considered one of the greatest Italian children’s authors.
Sarah is an editor and children’s book author. She has worked passionately in the children’s literature world for more than a decade, for all the most important publishers around. She lives in the woods surrounded by winds, deer and books.
Alice Piaggio was born in Genoa, but grew up in Bogliasco, a small village of surfers and fishermen. In 2014, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Genoa, then, in 2017, she graduated in Graphics of images and illustrations at the ISIA institute in Urbino. She lives in Ticino, Switzerland, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, green meadows and chestnut woods. Winner of Premio Illustri 2019 in the Magazine and newspaper category, she’s the co-founder of PELO magazine. She collaborates with Italian and foreign magazines and publishers.
An illustrator from Rimini, Marianna graduated in fashion and works on promotional and publishing projects for children. Drawing is her profession, as well as her favourite tool for communicating and exploring the world. She likes to experiment with combinations of traditional and digital tools, drawing and photography in particular. In 2018, she won the Nati per Leggere award with her first photo-illustrated book Il viaggio di Piedino, Bacchilega Junior.
Alongside drawing, she teaches a visual communication seminar for the University of Bologna’s fashion department in Rimini. She writes about books and educational activities related to drawing for the magazines “Ad Un Tratto” and “Occhiovolante”.
Peppo Bianchessi is an author and illustrator of children's books published in Italy and around the world. He has collaborated, among others, with Donato Carrisi, Roberto Piumini, Aidan Chambers, Melvin Burgess, Luca Crovi, Pierdomenico Baccalario, Anna Vivarelli. In 2013 he was selected by Bologna Children's Book Fair for the illustrators show.
Raffaella Bolaffio was born in Trieste in late March 1977 during a snowstorm, in 1978 she learned how to hold a pencil in her hand, in 1979 she learned how to chew it, in 1980 she finally started using it to draw and since then hasn’t stopped except to eat or use the bathroom. To earn a living she chose a very nice job: she writes and draws and has published many books with various Italian and foreign publishers. She especially loves to write and draw animal stories, because she feels a certain affinity with creatures. In her spare time, she writes, draws, chews pencils, creates puppets, walks her dog, and plays the ukulele.