The winners of the 2006 Awards for Childrens Literature (Premios La Edad de Oro 2006), sponsored by the Gente Nueva publishing house and the Cuban Book Institute, have been released.
La Pared transparente (The transparent wall) by Jorge Silverio Tejera won in the Fantasy-Science Fiction-Detective category. The jury said that the book stood out for its focus on the values of friendship, team work and positive attitudes in the face of difficulties.
Soñar un Safari (Dreaming of a safari) by Julio Antonio Blanco Escandell, won in the category of poetry for being "an ingenious book that easily communicates with the reader, while rescuing classical poetry structures to highlight essential human values."Las Islas del Mundo (The islands of the world) by Oscar Rodriguez Diaz, won the top prize for the books "cultural value, scientific rigor, ability to spark interest and innovative subject matter."
The awards are named after a beloved childrens book written by Cuban national hero Jose Marti entitled, La Edad de Oro (The Gold Age).