The luminous legacy of 20th-century author Giovanni “Gianni” Rodari (1920–1980) remains largely unknown here in the U.S. But in his native Italy, Rodari is a revered storyteller and educator, considered the father of the modern Italian children’s book, equal to Pinocchio creator Carlo Collodi in literary stature. More than a century after his birth...

In Italia tutti conoscono Gianni Rodari, uno dei più amati autori di testi per l’infanzia. La penna dei bambini che acque a Omegna, una tranquilla cittadina nell’Italia del nord e che visse la sua adolescenza a Garivate, vicino Milano. Nel 1940 quando l’Italia entrò in guerra. Rodari, che era di salute fragile fu esonerato dal servizio militare e s...

November 24th, 2020 at 4:00PM ET. Zoom Webinar in English. To continue our celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gianni Rodari, Italy’s most beloved children author, join us for a conversation with Grazia Gotti, President of the Italian official committee for Gianni Rodari’s centenary, translator Antony Shugaar and illustrator Vale...

During the XX Week of the Italian Language in the World, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC, in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy, has launched a series of 12 read-along podcasts from the book "Telephone Tales" by Gianni Rodari (1920-1980). To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of this great Italian author, his “Telephone...

One of Gianni Rodari’s short stories is set in a faraway land where the authorities are so meek that, when a visitor picks a forbidden flower, a police officer demands to be slapped across the face. The visitor refuses to comply with such a strange order — if anything, he says, it’s the police who should slap him — but the reader is left wondering...

The year 2020 marks the centennial of the birth, on October 23, 1920, of Gianni Rodari, one of the most innovative children’s authors and the first Italian to win the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970. The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and Bologna Children’s Book Fair will honour the anniversary with the exhibit Illust...

Sep 7, 2019 – Nov 10, 2019. PORTLAND ART MUSEUM. 1219 SW Park Avenue. Portland, OR 97205. Giovanni “Gianni” Rodari was a celebrated Italian writer, journalist, and children’s author. Considered by many to be Italy’s most important twentieth-century writer for children, Rodari was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1970 to reco...