Latin America.- The Cuban writer Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, SM Latin American Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature


Cuban writer Antonio Orlando Rodríguez has been awarded the 18th SM Latin American Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature for his “indisputable strength and quality.”

According to the jury’s decision, issued unanimously, Orlando Rodríguez “is capable of summoning the past and the present from a singularity that will continue to open up new ways of feeling, thinking and inhabiting the world.” Likewise, he has valued that “the author’s writing awakens the imagination of readers in ways that renew the wonder.” Likewise, they recognize that “his work poetically integrates various traditions and registers that sail from his native Caribbean to other latitudes, transcending geographical, linguistic and generational limits.”

The jury was made up of Macarena García González, representing the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC); Guadalupe Alemán Lascurain, representing the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI); Fanuel Hanán Díaz, representing the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY México); Rodrigo Morlesin, representing the Office in Mexico of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and Sergio Tanhnuz, representing the SM Foundation.

The delivery ceremony will be held, as every year, within the framework of the Guadalajara International Book Fair in person on November 29, 2022.

Twenty-three nominations were received for this edition from nine Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Portugal and Uruguay), of which thirteen were the finalists.* The author was nominated by Fundación Cuatrogatos, an institution non-profit based in the United States of America that has managed to become a meeting point for readers, creators, editors, scholars and promoters who are interested in children’s and youth literature in Spanish.


In past editions, this award has recognized Juan Farias (Spain, 2005); Gloria Cecilia Diaz (Colombia, 2006); Montserrat del Amo and Gili (Spain, 2007); Bartolomeu Campos de Queirós (Brazil, 2008); Maria Teresa Andruetto (Argentina, 2009); Laura Devetach (Argentina, 2010); Agustín Fernández Paz (Spain, 2011); Ana Maria Machado (Brazil, 2012); Jordi Sierra i Fabra (Spain, 2013); Ivar Da Coll (Colombia, 2014); Antonio Malpica (Mexico, 2015); Maria Cristina Ramos (Argentina, 2016); Marina Colasanti (Brazil, 2017); Graciela Montes (Argentina, 2018), María Baranda (Mexico, 2019); Yolanda Reyes (Colombia, 2020) and María José Ferrada (Chile, 2021).

Antonio Orlando Rodriguez was born in Cuba (1956), a country where he began his career as a children’s literature author by winning a national contest with the book ‘Abuelita Milagro’, in 1975. In 1991, he went to Costa Rica and later lived In colombia.

Since 1999 he has lived in the United States of America, where he created and directs, together with Sergio Andricaín, the Cuatrogatos Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of reading and the study of children’s and youth books in Spanish. She has published more than fifty fiction books for children and young people with publishers in various countries.

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