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Susana Olaondo
Born (1953-05-27) 27 May 1953 (age 69)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Occupation Writer, illustrator
Known for Children's literature
  • Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize (2010)
  • Golden Book Award (2016)

Susana Olaondo (born 27 May 1953) is a Uruguayan writer and illustrator.


Susana Olaondo was born in Montevideo in 1953. She studied drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and introduction to visual and technical language in gardening, and graduated from the Municipal School of Gardening. Since 1990 she has held a plastic expression workshop for children where creativity is encouraged. The author highlights her versatility by writing her own stories and illustrating them. She initially started writing and drawing for her two children. In 1990 she illustrated her first book, La Tía Merelde, and since then has continued to work in children's literature. Several of her books have been published and translated in the United States and Chile. She has published several works, including an audiobook for the Braille Foundation of Uruguay.

The author has demonstrated her passion for nature, plants and animals, taking these elements as inspiration to reflect on later in her books. Some of her stories (Felipe, Olegario, Una Pindó) have been theatrically adapted.

Awards and recognitions

  • 1997, 2nd National Literature Prize for children and young adults for Felipe
  • 1998, 1st National Literature Prize for children and young adults for Un cuento de papel
  • 2000, Honorable mention for Apenas un color from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay (MEC)
  • 2002, Honorable mention for Uno de conejos from the MEC
  • 2004, 1st mention for Una Pindó from the MEC
  • 2006, 2nd National Literature Prize for children and young adults for Palabras (shared with writer Magdalena Helguera [es])
  • 2008, Honorable mention for Gato negro, gato blanco from the MEC
  • 2010, Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize for Por un color, "for encouraging reading in images, where text and illustration coexist, and the ethical and aesthetic function of Children's and Young People's Literature are combined"
  • 2016, Golden Book Award for Los patos que no tiene ombligo


Year Title ISBN Publisher Notes
1990 La Tía Merelde Ediciones Mosca Hnos.
1992 Te lo dije Nino Ediciones Mosca Hnos.
1992 Olegario un bicho de luz apagado Ediciones Mosca Hnos.
1994 Un Pato Ediciones de autor
1994 Violeta Ediciones de autor
1994 Vamos Ediciones de autor
1995 La radio de Don Marío Braille Foundation of Uruguay Audiobook
1996 Felipe ISBN: 9974590345 Alfaguara
1997 Una Luna ISBN: 9789974954007 Alfaguara
1998 Un cuento de papel ISBN: 9789974954014 Alfaguara
2001 Julieta: ¿Qué plantaste? Alfaguara
2001 Violeta ISBN: 9974671280 Alfaguara Reissue
2002 Uno de conejos ISBN: 9974671299 Alfaguara
2002 Cuentos para contar Asociación Ser del Uruguay Proceeds donated to Hospital Pereira Rossell
2003 Una Pindó ISBN: 9974671604 Alfaguara
2004 Olegario ISBN: 9974671892 Alfaguara Reissue
2004 Meleté ISBN: 9974323533 Trilce
2004 Vamos ISBN: 9974323657 Trilce Reissue
2005 Si vas a dibujar... ISBN: 9974950341 Alfaguara
2005 La Huella ISBN: 9974323932 Trilce
2006 El lapicito verde ISBN: 9974324114 Trilce
2006 Palabras ISBN: 9974950864 Alfaguara
2006 Merelde y los lunares ISBN: 9974951038 Alfaguara
2007 Un Mago ISBN: 9789974801325 Sudamericana
2007 Una lombriz y un águila ISBN: 9789974952508 Alfaguara
2008 Gato blanco, gato negro ISBN: 9789974952706 Alfaguara
2008 Meleté ISBN: 9789974953314 Alfaguara Reissue and new format
2009 Jugamos ISBN: 9789974952959 Alfaguara
2009 Mimos ISBN: 9789974952942 Alfaguara
2009 ¡Hay que insistir! ISBN: 9789974952331 Alfaguara
2010 La huella ISBN: 9789974953222 Alfaguara
2010 ¡Por un Color...! ISBN: 9789974953673 Alfaguara
2016 Los patos no tienen ombligo ISBN: 9789974732124 Alfaguara
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