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The Murcian writer Marta Zafrilla is awarded in the United States for the children's book "T-shirts are not napkins" (14/09/2020)

| The author has obtained an honorable mention at the Latino Book Awards | This award is the fourth the author has received in the United States At 11:30 p.m., Spanish time, the 2020 Latino Book Awards gala began, with Isabel Allende and Eva Longoria among its presenters.

In addition to Tshirts are not napkins, by Marta Zafrilla, four other titles from Cuento de Luz publishing house had been selected as finalists in the 2020 Latino Book Awards: Bathing in the forest by Nívola Uyá and Marc Ayats (Most Inspirational Children's Picture Book bilingual), The Comet of Dreams by Pilar López, Paula Merlán and Concha Pasamar (Best Children's Picture Book in Spanish), Child's play by Ramiro J.

Peralta and Blanca Millán (Best Children's Fiction Book in English) and Daughter of Ariel Andrés Armada and Sonja Wimmer (Best Children's Fiction Book in Spanish).

In total, the publisher obtained two second prizes and three honorable mentions. Last August 14, the finalist titles in the various categories of the American Latino Book Awards were made official, including the illustrated album "T-shirts are not napkins" in its English edition, by the writer Marta Zafrilla and illustrated by the Neapolitan Martina Peluso. The international contest, founded in 1998, is considered the most important literary award for books written by Latinos in the world.

This year there have been 214 judges who have classified the participating books.

The existing categories of this contest are: children, young adults, non-fiction, fiction, electronic books, design, translation and the best first books.

The proposed books are written in English, Spanish, Portuguese or bilingual formats.

Previous winners of these awards have included many of the best-known Latino authors, including: Isabel Allende, Paulo Coelho, Gabriel García Arquez, Reyna Grande and Mario Vargas Llosa. The awarded children's title had already been distinguished in its English version, "T-shirts Aren´t Napkins", in 2019 with the silver medal in the illustrated book section for children under seven years of age at the American IPPY Awards.

The book, edited in both Spanish and English and printed on stone paper, facilitates through humor and rhymes the acquisition of hygiene habits among children (such as good hand washing).

The author, Marta Zafrilla, has received prestigious awards both in Spain (2007 Gran Angular Prize for Encrypted Message) and in the United States (Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Los despistes del abuelo Pedro and Hijito Polito, both published by Cuento de luz in 2012).

This Latino Book Awards adds, therefore, the fourth American award to the author. Marta Zafrilla (Murcia 1982) worked in various publishing houses and communication companies, although she is currently a secondary school teacher.

She graduated in Advertising and Public Relations with an Extraordinary End of Degree Award at the University of Murcia in 2004.

She has training in graphic design, illustration and marketing. Cuento de luz is a publishing label that has already had ten successful years.

It is an award-winning independent children's literature publisher that publishes picture books that inspire, promote universal values ??of environmental commitment and education for peace.

Its commitment to preserve the environment led the publisher to incorporate, since its creation in 2010, principles of sustainability through eco-publishing, as an innovative way of managing its publications.

Since January 2017, she has been using stone paper in the printing of her books, an innovative mineral paper, which does not entail cutting down trees, does not need water, chlorine or chemicals.

Cuento de Luz has the prestigious international B Corp certification that is awarded to companies that operate with high social, environmental and transparency standards.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Molina de Segura

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