Pedagogy combined with the pleasures of early reading.
Luísa Ducla Soares (1939, Lisboa), a graduate of Germanic Philology, is one of the head figures of the Portuguese children's books literature, having now more than a hundred published titles. Her books usually get re-printed in numerous editions and are translated in several languages, with the French, Catalan, Basque and Galician being the most representative.
Ducla Soares has been developing crucial work in promoting reading amongst young people, namely through collaborations with the Education Ministry cabinets of consecutive Portuguese governments and by coordinating different projects for the Portuguese National Library where she worked from 1979 to 2009. Luísa Ducla Soares is also the founder of the Institute for Children Support and collaborated with several children's books for the Portuguese Institute of the Books and Libraries and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Grand Prize for the Work of a Lifetime (1996), or the Portuguese Society of Authors' Honour Prize (2009), are amongst the most prestigious distinctions Ducla Soares won.
The regular visits to schools and libraries, the participation in musical initiatives or in publications like the Sesame Street magazine (from 1990-95), and the highlighted place of some of her books within the National Reading Plan list have contributed for making Luísa Ducla Soares a reference author amongst young readers.