The Award

The Serpa International Award for Picturebooks is an initiative by the Serpa Town Council in partnership with the publisher Planeta Tangerina. This biennial award aims to develop the literary and artistic quality of the picturebook as a medium, while encouraging the creation of new projects in this area.


All projects submitted to the competition must be original and unpublished. We'll value projects that can be aimed both at children and adults, due to their creative and technical execution.


The jury is composed of a representative of Serpa Town Council, a representative of the publisher Planeta Tangerina and a guest member of relevance in the national/international illustration scene.

4th Edition Jury

Joana Estrela

Author and illustrator

Born in Penafiel in 1990, Joana Estrela started drawing family portraits at an early age, writing funny subtitles to go along with them. One of her classic birthday gifts was a list of things-we-say-when-we-are-angry, applying the concept to different family members. Her methods haven’t changed a lot since: what motivates her to start a book is still the amusement that comes with it.

In 2016, Planeta Tangerina published Mana, the winner of 1st Serpa Internacional Award for Picturebooks.

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Yara Kono

Author and illustrator

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1972. She graduated in Pharmacy at UNESP and Design and Communication at EPA (BR). In 2000 she received a scholarship from Yamanashi Design Center (JP) and lived there for one year. Since 2004 she is part of the Planeta Tangerina team.

She has more than 20 titles published, including: Assim ou assado, Telefone sem fio, Cem sementes que voaram, Batata chaca-chaca.

She likes to draw elephants and cook for her friends.

Paula Estorninho

Culture and Heritage Division of Serpa Town Council

Graduated in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon in 1994. From 1990 to 1993, Paula worked in the Technical Support Office in Beja. Since 1994 she has worked at the Serpa Town Council, where she worked in projects such as the architecture conception of the Biblioteca Municipal Abade Correia da Serra.

Currently she works within the Municipality's Culture and Heritage Division, where she monitors and promotes artistic and cultural initiatives, including the artistic expression workshops "Mãos na Massa", at the Serpa Library.

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