Lisbeth Zwerger

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Lisbeth Zwerger (born 26 May 1954) is an Austrian illustrator of children's books. For her "lasting contribution to children's literature" she received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1990.[1][2]

Zwerger was born in Vienna in 1954. She studied 1971 to 1974 at the Applied Arts Academy of Vienna. Since the publication of her first illustrated book in 1977 she has worked as a freelance picture book illustrator in Vienna, specializing in fairy tales.

She has worked for Michael Neugebauer.[clarification needed]

Her style is similar to that of English illustrators of the 19th century.[citation needed]


The biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award conferred by the International Board on Books for Young People is the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children's books. Zwerger received the illustration award in 1990.[1][2]

She won a Silver Brush in 2000 for her illustration of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

  • Österreichischer Kunstpreis - Kinder- und Jugendliteratur, 1998[3]
  • H.C. Andersen Prize "Mit Livs Eventyr", 2011.[4]
  • Großer Preis 2012, awarded by Die Deutsche Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Hans Christian Andersen Awards". International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  2. ^ a b "Lisbeth Zwerger" (pp. 84–85, by Sus Rostrup).
    The Hans Christian Andersen Awards, 1956–2002. IBBY. Gyldendal. 2002. Hosted by Austrian Literature Online. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  3. ^ "Österreichischer Kunstpreis" (German) für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur), retrieved 28 April 2013
  4. ^ "H. C. Andersen fejres med legater" (Danish), retrieved 29 April 2013
  5. ^ "Großer Preis geht 2012 an Lisbeth Zwerger" (German) (Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels), retrieved 28 April 2013

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