EU-UNAWE's Italian project manager, Lara Albanese has received the prestigious 2013 for her work in the field of promoting reading to young children by narrating stories about science and technology. The Andersen awards are given annually to the best children's books of the year, and to their authors, illustrators and publishers, by the Italian magazine . Andersen is a monthly publication that reports and commentaries on children's literature, selecting on the best editorial works, with particular attention to the most innovative and original texts.
Since 2003, in addition to the traditional Andersen Awards for books, writers, illustrators and publishers for teens, the magazine has awarded special recognition to organisations (institutions, local authorities, associations and operators cultural ) that are working to promote books and culture. In the course of thirty years, the Prize has been awarded to hundreds of masters of pen and paper, particularly from Italy, but with some international outlook, too.
The 32nd Andersen Awards ceremony took place 25 May 2013 at the in Genoa (Italy) parallel a series of initiatives in the city based on the promotion of reading and literature for children. The event was attended by Lara Albenese, who told us: “My activities that were recognised by this award—in promoting reading to children, in particular young girls—were largely based around performance narrations on the topics of space science and astronomy. I believe that the EU-UNAWE project has been a great help in boosting my experience and has provided me with some fantastic opportunities to help children.”