Hans Christian Andersen Award

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Not to be confused with the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award
Hans Christian Andersen Award
A golden medallion with an embossed image featuring a bust of Andersen.
Awarded forOutstanding and lasting contribution to children's literature
Presented byInternational Board on Books for Young People
First awarded1956; 62 years ago (1956)
Websiteibby.org

The Hans Christian Andersen Awards are two literary awards by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), recognising one living author and one living illustrator for their "lasting contribution to children's literature".[1] The writing award was inaugurated in 1956, the illustration award in 1966. The former is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for children's literature".

The awards are named after Hans Christian Andersen, the 19th-century Danish author of fairy tales, and each winner receives the Hans Christian Andersen Medaille, a gold medal with the bust of Andersen (see image). Medals are presented at the biennial IBBY Congress. The Patron of the Andersen Awards is Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the awards are sponsored by Nami Island Inc.

Process[edit]

National Sections of IBBY may nominate one author and one illustrator each and the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury considers only those nominees. National Sections also nominate the ten distinguished, international Jury Members plus the Jury President. The shortlist of nominees is presented in January and the award winners are announced at the annual Bologna Children's Book Fair, in March or April.

The selection criteria include the aesthetic and literary qualities of writing and illustrating as well as the ability to see things from the child's point of view and the ability to stretch the child's curiosity and imagination. The complete works of the author and of the illustrator will be taken into consideration.

Winners[edit]

The 2018 winners are Eiko Kadono (Japan) for writing and Igor Olyenikov (Russia) for illustration.[2] The runners-up are:

Year Writing Illustration
Winner Country Winner Country
2018 Eiko Kadono  Japan Igor Olyenikov  Russia
2016 Cao Wenxuan  China Rotraut Susanne Berner  Germany
2014 Nahoko Uehashi  Japan Roger Mello  Brazil
2012 María Teresa Andruetto  Argentina Peter Sís  Czech Republic[a]
2010 David Almond  United Kingdom Jutta Bauer  Germany
2008 Jürg Schubiger   Switzerland Roberto Innocenti  Italy
2006 Margaret Mahy  New Zealand Wolf Erlbruch  Germany
2004 Martin Waddell  Ireland Max Velthuijs  Netherlands
2002 Aidan Chambers  United Kingdom Quentin Blake  United Kingdom
2000 Ana Maria Machado  Brazil Anthony Browne  United Kingdom
1998 Katherine Paterson  USA Tomi Ungerer  France
1996 Uri Orlev  Israel Klaus Ensikat  Germany
1994 Michio Mado  Japan Jörg Müller   Switzerland
1992 Virginia Hamilton  USA Květa Pacovská  Czechoslovakia[b]
1990 Tormod Haugen  Norway Lisbeth Zwerger  Austria
1988 Annie M. G. Schmidt  Netherlands Dusan Kállay  Czechoslovakia
1986 Patricia Wrightson  Australia Robert Ingpen  Australia
1984 Christine Nöstlinger  Austria Mitsumasa Anno  Japan
1982 Lygia Bojunga Nunes  Brazil Zbigniew Rychlicki  Poland
1980 Bohumil Říha  Czechoslovakia Suekichi Akaba  Japan
1978 Paula Fox  USA Svend Otto S.  Denmark
1976 Cecil Bødker  Denmark Tatjana Mawrina  Soviet Union
1974 Maria Gripe  Sweden Farshid Mesghali  Iran
1972 Scott O'Dell  USA Ib Spang Olsen  Denmark
1970 Gianni Rodari  Italy Maurice Sendak  USA
1968 James Krüss  Germany Jiří Trnka  Czechoslovakia
José Maria Sanchez-Silva  Spain
1966 Tove Jansson  Finland Alois Carigiet   Switzerland
1964 René Guillot  France
1962 Meindert DeJong  USA
1960 Erich Kästner  Germany
1958 Astrid Lindgren  Sweden
1956 Eleanor Farjeon  United Kingdom

Jury Presidents[edit]

Jella Lepman established the International Youth Library in Munich in 1949 and called the 1952 conference "International Understanding through Children's Books" that initiated IBBY. (Jella Lepman, German-language) She served as Jury President for the first three Andersen Awards, 1956 to 1960, and remained on the jury until her death in 1970, as the President of IBBY and then as its honorary president. Current four-year terms cover two award cycles.[4]

  • Jella Lepman 1956-60 (Switzerland)
  • José-Miguel de Azaola 1960-70 (Spain)
  • Virginia Haviland 1970-74 (USA)
  • Lucia Binder 1974-78 (Austria)
  • Dusan Roll 1978-82 (Czecho-Slovakia)
  • Patricia Crampton 1982-86 (UK)
  • Ana Maria Machado 1986-90 (Brazil)
  • Eva Glistrup 1990-94 (Denmark)
  • Peter Schneck 1994-98 (Austria)
  • Jay Heale 1998-2002 (South-Africa)
  • Jeffrey Garrett 2002-06 (USA)
  • Zohreh Ghaeni 2006-10 (Iran)
  • María Jesús Gil Iglesia 2010-14 (Spain)
  • Patricia Aldana 2014-2018 (Canada)

Machado subsequently won the Writing Award.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sis was nominated by the extant Czech Republic. He was born in the former Czechoslovakia and educated there in Applied Arts. He has been a U.S. citizen from 1982.
  2. ^ Pacovská received the award one year before Czechoslovakia dissolved into its constituent states.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hans Christian Andersen Awards". International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  2. ^ "2018 HCAA Winners". International Board on Books for Young People. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.ibby.org/awards-activities/awards/hans-christian-andersen-awards/hcaa-2018/
  4. ^ "Hans Christian Award jury members". Glistrup, ed., pp. 119–24. Retrieved 2013-07-12.

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