Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain delivered the Children’s and Youth Literature Awards yesterday evening in Madrid; the awards are in their 33rd year. They are granted on behalf of the SM Foundation which, according to Casa Real, “to promote literature for children and young people, a taste for reading and spreading human, social, cultural or religious values that help build a dignified world.”
Casa Real added, “They are awarded annually and currently have a prize of 35,000 euros and the commitment to edit and publish the works that are a creditor to the awards of each contest.”
Authors from the nine countries where the SM Group is present were eligible to receive the awards. These countries include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
During her remarks last night, Her Majesty spoke of the two books receiving awards and said, “The two winning books this year have nothing to do even though they share something essential: they hide many secrets. And the secrets lead, sometimes, to hide the truth. Although, sometimes, we also open doors and reach places where, if we are awake and take advantage of it, we give with the treasure that really matters, and that is to know us better. The secrets buried in the two books tonight are of this type; they are those that contain treasures.”
She also spoke of her love of reading and books saying, “Because the creation, with its metaphors, is a very interesting way to know reality in depth.”
Her Majesty just returned from a short holiday with her family over Easter weekend. On Sunday, Queen Letizia, King Felipe, Queen Sofía, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía attended Easter Mass in Palma on the island of Majorca. The attended the service at the Cathedral-Basilica of Santa Maria on the holiest day in the Christian calendar.