Segundo Moreta Morales

Segundo Moreta Morales (Otavalo, Ecuador) is an author, storyteller and intercultural educator. He is the author of the children’s book Juanita the Colorful Butterfly (2015), illustrated by Into Gualapuro and Luis Uksha. Told in Spanish, Kichwa, and English, it tells a charming tale of a butterfly who loses her color when a witch casts a spell on her; Juanita’s nature-dwelling friends help her to become colorful again.

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Xavier Oquendo Troncoso

Xavier Oquendo Troncoso (Ambato, 1972) is an Ecuadorian poet, editorial writer, editor and professor. He has published over 11 titles, including poetry, short stories, children’s literature and anthologies of young writers from Ecuador. In 1993 he won the Pablo Palacio Short Story Award and the National Poetry Award. In 1999 the city of Ambato awarded him the Juan León Mera Award for all his literary work. His book Salvados del naufragio (2005) is a compilation of his poetry from 15 years of work up to the year in which it was published. His poems appeared in English translation in a book entitled Poems That Love Me (2016), translated by Gordon E. McNeer. Some of his poems have also been translated into Italian and Portuguese.

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Leonor Bravo Velásquez

Leonor Bravo Velásquez (Quito, January 8, 1953) is an Ecuadorian writer of books for children and young people. She has published 54 books, 44 of which are stories and novels available in various countries in Latin America and the USA and are in major libraries specialized in children’s literature worldwide. Her books “La biblioteca secreta de la Escondida” and “Dos cigüeñas, una bruja y un dragón,” are on the IBBY Honor List (International Board on Books for Young People).

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Catalina Sojos

Catalina Sojos Mata (Cuenca, 1951) is a poet, writer, columnist, author of children’s literature, and a translator. In 1989, at the age of 37, she published her first poetry book: Hojas de poesía. She has been awarded the Gabriela Mistral National Poetry Prize, 1989, and the Jorge Carrera Andrade Prize, 1992. She is currently the director of the Manuel A. Landívar Museum in Cuenca, Ecuador.

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Edna Iturralde

Edna Iturralde De Howitt is Ecuador’s most important and prolific authors of children and young adult’s literature. She was born in Quito on May 10, 1948. She has written 62 books. She has won various prizes and nominations within and outside her country. Among the most important of these are the Dario Guevara Mavorga National Prize for Children’s Literature in Ecuador in 2001, the Skipping Stones Award in the United States in 2002 and 2005, and the Mention of Honor of the Municipality of Quito in 2003 and 2004. She has been nominated twice, in 2012 and 2013, to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). As Her work was selected by the SEP within the competition of the Mexican Ministry of Education in 2003 and 2005. In 2005, two of her books were nominated for the Ecuadorian Honor List of IBBY (International Board of Books for the Young). She is the president of the Ecuadorian Academy of Children and Juvenile Literature, which is associated with the Latin American Academy of Children and Juvenile Literature. Several of her books has been translated into English.

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Marcela Noriega

Marcela Noriega Rodríguez is an Ecuadorian writer, journalist and professor. She was born in Guayaquil in 1978. She is the author of a novel, poetry books, and juvenile and children’s literature. At the age of 19, she won second place at the Biennial of Ecuadorian Poetry in Cuenca and in 2009 she won first place in the same contest with her book No hay que dar voces, published by the University of Cuenca, with support from the Ministry of Culture. She is the author of the novel Pedro Máximo y el círculo de tiza (2012).

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María Fernanda Heredia

María Fernanda Heredia Pacheco is an Ecuadorian writer, illustrator and graphic designer. She was born in Quito, Ecuador on March 1, 1970. She is a prolific writer of short stories and novels for children and young people. Since 2008 Heredia has been a columnist for Hogar magazine with a column aimed at adult audiences. She currently lives in Lima, Peru.

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Alexis Zaldumbide

Alexis Zaldumbide Manosalvas (Quito, 1982), obtained the XLIII Aurelio Espinosa Pólit National Literature Prize for his short story book Habitaciones con música de fondo (2018). He had previously written the children’s books La puerta azul (2013) and Las valerosas hazañas de Pedro Mayo (2013).

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