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International awards

The DGLAB is the Portuguese body responsible for the national nominations for the following international prizes:
  • ALMA – Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
  • Best Book Design from all over the World
  • Ibero-American SM Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature (Premio Iberoamericano SM de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil)

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest children’s literature award of its kind. It was created in 2002 by the Swedish government to promote every child’s right to great stories. This global award is given annually to a person or organisation for their outstanding contribution to children’s and young adult literature.

Portuguese nominees: 

2022 – Isabel Minhós Martins (Author)
2021 – Isabel Minhós Martins (Author)
2020 – André Letria  (Illustrator) e Luísa Ducla Soares  (Author)
2019 – António Jorge Gonçalves (Illustrator)
2018 – Luísa Ducla Soares (Author)
2017 – Andante  (Promoter of reading)
2016 – André Letria  (Illustrator)
2015 – Maria Teresa Maia González (Author)
2014 – Margarida Botelho (Promoter of reading)
2013 – António Mota ( Author)
2012 – António Torrado (Author)
2011 – Planeta Tangerina  (Promoter of reading)
2010 – Bibliomóvel de Proença-a-Nova  (Promoter of reading)
2009 – Palavras Andarilhas (Promoter of reading)
2008 – Alice Vieira (Author)
2007 – Luísa Dacosta (Author)


The competition Best book design from all over the world is held by Stiftung Buchkunst (German foundation for book design).  Despite cultural differences in book production, this competition is an attempt to compare the technical and aesthetic level as well as the appropriate and artistic design of books beyond national borders. The focus is on international exchange and mutual stimulation. Portuguese nominees are the winners and those selected in the national competition Book Design Award (Prémio Design de Livro).

Portuguese books nominated: 20222021 | 2020 | 2019


The Ibero-American SM Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature  was launched in 2005 with the aim of promoting children’s and youth literature in Ibero-America. Candidates are living authors who have a valuable work of creation for children and young people, written in Spanish or Portuguese,  whether narrative, poetry, dramaturgy or picture book.

Portuguese nominees: 

2022 – António Mota and Alice Vieira
2021 – Isabel Minhós Martins 
2019 – Isabel Minhós Martins
2018 – Alice Vieira
2017 – Maria Teresa Maia Gonzalez
2015 – José Jorge Letria
2013 – António Mota
2012 – António Mota
2011 – António Torrado
2010 – Luísa Ducla Soares
2009 – Alice Vieira