Brazilian Authors Series: SDG Book Club Special – Júlio Emílio Braz


Júlio Emílio Braz is a writer and illustrator and also this week’s highlight of the Brazilian Authors Series: SDG Book Club special edition , supported by Brazilian Publishers  – a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil).

Júlio has already written over 150 books, which in large part deal on social issues, especially those related to children and teenagers. Among his published books, a highlight is “Crianças na Escuridão” (Children in the Dark), which is part of the United Nations (UN)’ Book Club. The project has picked 176 Portuguese titles published in Brazil that meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of UN’s 2030 Agenda, such as gender equality, poverty eradication, environment, among others.  This selection, whose works are listed in the catalog, intends to provide books that encourage children and teenagers to reflect on topics proposed in the SDGs and also serves as support to teachers in their task of teaching and guiding students on these topics.

“Crianças na Escuridão” (Children in the Dark), published by FTD, is part of the collection intended to fight poverty, the UN’s number one SDG goal. The book has won the Austrian Children Book Award in 1997, in Austria, for its German issue “Kinder im Dunkeln” and the Blue Cobra Award of the Swiss Institute for Children’s Book. This work deals, without subtlety, the harsh reality of many children underprivileged children and teenagers that survive in large Brazilian cities.

“I think my country’s youth have the right to know how it really is, even to change what’s bad and improve what’s definitely good. This is why I really enjoy this approach in my books”, the author says.


Born on April 16, 1959, in the small town of Manhumirim, on the foothills of Caparaó  in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, the author is known for his works in Brazilian children’s literature. He  moved to Rio de Janeiro when he was five and considers the wonderful city his home.

He started his career as a screenplay writer for comics published in Brazil and abroad, in countries such as Portugal, Belgium, France, Cuba and the United States. He won the Jabuti Award in 1998 in the “Discovered Author” category for publishing his first children’s book, “Saguairu”, published by Atual. During the 1990s, he wrote screenplays for the “Os Trapalhões” (The Stooges) show by TV Globo, in addition to some soap operas for a Paraguayan TV broadcaster.

About Brazilian Authors Series

In search of boosting knowledge on modern Brazilian literature, the Brazilian Publishers, a project of Brazilian editorial content internationalization carried out by a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil), has created the Autores Brasileiros (Brazilian Writers) series, which provides information on current national writers.

About SDG Book Club

A project created by the United Nations (UN) with the support of the International Publishers Association (IPA), related to the Organization’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Its purpose is to use books as tools to encourage children between 6 and 12 years of age to interact with the SDG’s basic principles. How? By disclosing a list of books from all around the world that deal on topics related to the SDGs.

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, the Brazilian Publishers is an industry project for the promotion of Brazilian editorial content, the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil). The initiative aims at promoting the Brazilian editorial industry in the global market in a guided and organized manner, supporting the operationalization of publishers.