The jury of Iakob Gogebashvili Children's and Youth Literary Award revealed the finalists.
Children's Literary Award is awarded once a year, for three different age groups: little children (3-6 years), children (6-12 years), adolescents (12-16 years).
The shortlist of Iakob Gogebashvili CHildren's and Youth Literary Award is presented below:
Best poetry book
- Maka Mikeladze - Okro Bokro (Sulakauri Publishing)
- Lela Tsutskiridze - Alphabet-poems with different activities (Saga Publishing House)
- Lela Gaburi - Children's Poems (Kalmosani Publishing)
- Tamri Pkhakadze - Alphabet (Palitra L Publishing)
Best prose book
For little children, aged 3-6 years
- Alex Chighvinadze - Dance Cherry, Dance (Zoliani Kata Publishing)
- Lela Tsutskiridze - The Adventures of Datunia Bru (Shemetsneba Publishing House)
- Lia Shalvashvili - What is kindness (Shemetsneba Publishing House)
For children aged 7-12 years
- Guram Petriashvili - Irine's Tales (Intelekti Publishing)
- Diana Anfimiadi - Letters Written on Snow (Palitra L Publishing)
- Lela Tsutskiridze - Snowball and Little White Owl Tusura (Palitra L Publishing)
- Vaso Guleuri / Natia Janashia - Snowball and friends (Palitra L Publishing)
For adolescents 13+
- Nato Davitashvili - Menagerie of Orsi Order (Books in Batumi Publishing)
- Diana Anfimiadi - We, the Knights in the Panther's Skin (Artanuji Publishing)
- Tamar Gegeshidze - Erasers (Intelekti Publishing)
Best illustrated book
For little Children aged 3-6 years
- Eka Tabliashvili, Tatia Nadareishvili - Tsikara (Sulakauri Publishing)
- Giorgi Jincharadze - Tsikara (Zoliana Kata Publishing)
- Ana Janelidze - Dance Alubala, dance (Zoliani Kata Publishing)
- Nino Chitaishvili - My first "The Knight in the Panther's Skin" (Karchkhadze Publishing)
For children aged 7-12 years
- Tinatin Chkhikvishvili - Faulkner "The Christmas Tree" (Palitra-L Publishing)
- M. Zaldastanishvili - Joyce the Cat and the Devil (Palitra-L Publishing)
- Nana Melkadze - Chabua Amirejibi. Contemplations (Palitra-L Publishing)
Best children's drama
- David Matskhonashvili - "Little Dinosaur's Planet"
- Lali Mesablishvili - "Smarties"
- Elene Matskhonashvili - "Chruti"
- Giorgi Jincharadze - Tsikara (Zoliani Kata Publishing)
- Ina Imedashvili - The Road to the Stars is Not Far (Intelekti Publishing)
Best translated children's/youth book
- Tsitso Khotsuashvili - Corney Chukovsky, Doctor Wai-Vish and other poems (Sulakauri Publishing)
- Sopho Karchkhadze - Tuva Glimardali (Sulakauri Publishing House)
- Maia Tsitadze - Hugh Lofting, The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle (Sulakauri Publishing)
- Zaza Chiladze, Gia Chumburidze - Mark Twain, The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn (Intelekti Publishing)
- Gia Gokieli - Faulkner, The Wishing Tree (Palitra L Publishing)
- Tamri Pkhakadze - Chekhov - Kashtanka (Palitra L Publishing)
Best children’s/youth innovative project
- The jury could not reveal the finalists
The joint award by The Ministry of Culture and Sport of Georgia and Writers’ House was created in 2017. The Award is annual and aims to motivate and encourage children's authors. This year in 2020, the Award is being awarded for the fourth time.
Books published in 2019, plays and innovative children’s projects were eligible to participate in contest.
Another winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony for outstanding contribution to children’s literature. In previous years, Mzia Chkhetiani, Guram Petriashvili and Dodo Khimshiashvili-Vadachkoria were awarded in this nomination.
Due to the epidemic situation in the country, the Iakob Gogebashvili Children's and Youth Literary Award Ceremony will be held online on December 1.