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Susana Olaondo
Born 27 May 1953 (1953-05-27) (age 67)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Occupation Writer, illustrator
Known for Children's literature
Awards
  • Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize (2010)
  • Golden Book Award (2016)

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

Biography

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

Works

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 Alfaguara
1997 Una Luna Alfaguara
1998 Un cuento de papel Alfaguara
2001 Julieta: ¿Qué plantaste? Alfaguara
2001 Violeta Alfaguara Reissue
2002 Uno de conejos Alfaguara
2002 Cuentos para contar Asociación Ser del Uruguay Proceeds donated to Hospital Pereira Rossell
2003 Una Pindó Alfaguara
2004 Olegario Alfaguara Reissue
2004 Meleté Trilce
2004 Vamos Trilce Reissue
2005 Si vas a dibujar... Alfaguara
2005 La Huella Trilce
2006 El lapicito verde Trilce
2006 Palabras Alfaguara
2006 Merelde y los lunares Alfaguara
2007 Un Mago Sudamericana
2007 Una lombriz y un águila Alfaguara
2008 Gato blanco, gato negro Alfaguara
2008 Meleté Alfaguara Reissue and new format
2009 Jugamos Alfaguara
2009 Mimos Alfaguara
2009 ¡Hay que insistir! Alfaguara
2010 La huella Alfaguara
2010 ¡Por un Color...! Alfaguara
2016 Los patos no tienen ombligo Alfaguara
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