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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

IBBY Announces Short-List for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. In a press release yesterday, IBBY announced the short-list for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award, considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature, which is given biennially to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made lasting contributions to children's literature.

The five short-listed authors are:

• Ahmad Reza Ahmadi (Iran), whose fascinating short stories speak poetically about humanity, love, nature and peace for children and young adults;
• David Almond (United Kingdom), whose works are deeply philosophical novels that appeal to children and adults alike, and encourage readers by his use of magic realism;
• Bartolomeu Campos de Queiros (Brazil), an author of poetic prose and playful poetry is highly admired for his commitment to beauty and art;
• Lennart Hellsing (Sweden), an outstanding poet, who shares the pleasure of language through his mastery of rhythm, word games and invented words;
• Louis Jensen (Denmark), a powerful storyteller and entertainer who combines magic and reality.

The five short-listed illustrators are:

• Jutta Bauer (Germany), who creates a harmony between the verbal and visual language, using a philosophical approach in her originality and creativity;
• Carll Cneut (Belgium), whose amazing works powerfully narrate stories in his highly recognizable visual language;
• Etienne Delessert (Switzerland), a pioneer of modern picture books, whose impact on many great illustrators around the world can be recognized. His blending of magic and realism, grotesque and close-ups, has created a distinctive style;
• Svjetlan Junakovic (Croatia), who presents beautiful compositions that are expressive and emotional, while at the same time playful, imaginative and evocative;
• Roger Mello (Brazil), whose world is a rich spectrum of techniques, imagination, colour and inspiration that is considered innovative, fascinating and intriguing.

A full list of candidates can be found at The winners will be announced at the Bologna Children's Book Fair next week on Tuesday, 23 March 2010.

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