The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on
Books for Young People (IBBY) announces the 2012 Shortlist
Five authors and five illustrators have been selected from 57 candidates submitted by 32 national sections of IBBY for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The award, considered the most prestigious in international children's literature, is given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made lasting contributions to children's literature. The winners will be announced on Monday, March 19th at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. The five short-listed authors in alphabetical order are:
- María Teresa Andruetto from Argentina is a master of creating sensitive books, which are deep and poetic and relate to a great variety of topics.
- Paul Fleischman from the USA makes an innovative and unique contribution to the literature for children. The jury especially appreciated his ability to create characters and to integrate music in his work.
- Bart Moeyaert from Belgium presents subtle depictions of strong characters by evoking poetical atmospheres using a language that combines both humour and seriousness.
The 2011 celebration of International Children’s Book Day was met with great success. Hosted by the “Anna & Maria Kalouta” Athens Municipal Center on April 2, the event started with a panel discussion entitled “From Print to Electronic: Children’s changing relationship with books,” and continued with a thought-provoking Q & A among the audience and the panelists.
Panelists: E. Pataki, publisher; H. Psychogios, publisher; V. Nika, educator; Μ. Avtzis, writer; M. Kourkoumeli, educator, V. Iliopoulos, writer.
The following Greek officials sent special greetings to be read at the event: The Minister of Education, The Minister of Culture, the Special Secretary of the Ministry of Education, and the Director of the National Book Center.
The celebration concluded with the conferment of the Greek IBBY 2011 Awards.