Brazilian Authors Series: SDG Book Club Special — Lázaro Ramos


Lázaro Ramos is a Brazilian actor, writer, presenter and filmmaker. The author is also the highlight of this edition of the “Brazilian Authors Series: SDG Book Club Special” – a project supported by Brazilian Publishers — a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil).

The writer had his work “Caderno Sem Rimas da Maria” (Maria’s No Rhymes Notebook) selected to appear in the United Nations’ (UN) SDG Book Club Portuguese Language – Chapter Brazil catalogue. The book, published by Pallas in 2018, is included in category 5 of the UN’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Gender Equality.

In “Caderno Sem Rimas da Maria”, the author is inspired by his daughter, inventing and resignifying words. This is how, in the process of this game, the title shows the little reader that the freedom of reading makes us travel to very distant places.

The SDG Book Club Portuguese Language has selected 176 national titles published in Portuguese, which encompass the 17 SDGs of the UN’ 2030 Agenda. The books listed in the catalogue are intended for children and young people and aim to disseminate literary works that encourage reflection on the themes covered in the SDGs. In addition, the material is also a support tool for teachers to introduce and teach these topics to students.

Career and trajectory

Born in Salvador in 1978, Lázaro has a distinguished career in teledramaturgy and Brazilian cinema. Since he was fifteen years old, when he decided to be an actor, he has starred in more than thirty appearances in TV shows, between soap operas and series. Ramos also has in his curriculum dozens of plays and films, having even signed the direction of some of them, in addition to clips and documentaries.

In literature, the artist made his debut in the children’s genre, with the publication of his title “Paparutas”. The book is based on the author’s version as a child, in addition to addressing important topics such as self-esteem. Among his books are also the titles “A Velha Sentada” (Theold Woman sitting) (2010), which was adapted for the theater, “O Caderno de Rimas do João” (João’s No Rhymes Notebook) (Pallas, 2015), as well as “Caderno Sem Rimas da Maria” (Pallas, 2018). The last two are inspired by Lázaro’s children with actress Thais Araújo, João and Maria. The author also launched in 2019 the title “Sinto o que sinto” (I feel what I feel), by the publisher Carochinha.

In 2017, he released the hit “Na Minha Pele” (On my skin), by Editora Objetiva, for the adult audience. The book is an autobiography that discusses cultural, racial, ethnic and social plurality. The work was translated into Spanish under the title “En mi piel”, released in Colombia in 2020.

In the social field, Lázaro also acts as an ambassador for Unicef ​​and is one of the creators of the “Ler é Poder” (Reading is Power) project, which encourages reading, founded in Salvador, his hometown.

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.