Hans Christian Andersen Awards

Hans Christian Andersen Awards

Every other year, IBBY UK nominates a British author and illustrator for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, which are the most prestigious in the international children’s book world. The awards are presented to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. Nominations are made by the national sections of IBBY and a jury of international children’s literature specialists select the recipients of the award.

The author’s award has been presented since 1956 and the illustrator’s award since 1966. Great authors and illustrators from all over the world have been honoured with a Hans Christian Andersen award, including a number from the UK.The author’s award has been presented since 1956 and the illustrator’s award since 1966. Great authors and illustrators from all over the world have been honoured with a Hans Christian Andersen award, including a number from the UK.

Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2018

Author Melvin Burgess, noted for his sometimes controversial work for young adults, and the talented illustrator Jane Ray, have been nominated by IBBY UK for the international Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2018. Melvin and Jane have each been writing and illustrating for children and young people for more than 20 years.

Melvin’s 1996 book Junk won both the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal, an achievement shared by only five other writers. Its unflinching portrayal of the lives of young squatters in 1980s Bristol is widely recognised as extending the boundaries of fiction for young adults.

Jane is as adept illustrating her own texts as she is the work of other writers. She is perhaps best known for her luminous and intricate illustration of traditional tales and her sensitivity to culturally diverse ways of looking at the world.

Pam Dix, Chair of IBBY UK, said: ‘We are very excited to be nominating two such highly respected contributors to the UK children’s literature world, and look forward to working with them during the nomination process and holding an event with them later in 2017.’

Five books for each nominee are submitted for consideration by the jury. The books, chosen by Melvin and Jane and IBBY UK from all their work, are: Melvin Burgess: Bloodtide, The Cry of the Wolf, Junk and Lady, all published by Andersen Press; and Kill All Enemies, published by Penguin.

Jane Ray: Ahmed and the Feather Girl, Frances Lincoln; The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales, Boxer Books. Illustrations for Kevin Crossley-Holland, Heartsong, Orchard Books; Berlie Doherty, Classic Fairy Tales, Walker Books; and Carol Ann Duffy, The Lost Happy Endings, Bloomsbury.

The shortlists for the awards will be announced in January 2018 and the winners at the Bologna Book Fair 2018. The Awards will be presented to the winners at the 36th IBBY World Congress, in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2018.

2016 Awards

Our nominations for 2016 were Elizabeth Laird and Chris Riddell.
The 2016 awards were won by Cao Wenxuan from China and Rotraut Susanne Berner from Germany. The medals were presented at the 35th IBBY World Congress in Auckland, New Zealand in August 2016. View list of all 2016 nominees.

2014 Awards

Our nominations for 2014 were John Burningham and Jacqueline Wilson.

The 2014 awards were won by Nahoko Uehashi from Japan and Roger Mello from Brazil. The medals were presented at the 34th IBBY World Congress in Mexico City, Mexico in September 2014. View list of all 2014 nominees.

2012 Awards

Our nominations for 2012 were Philip Pullman and John Birmingham.

The 2012 awards were won by María Teresa Andruetto from Argentina and Peter Sís from the Czech Republic. View list of all 2012 nominees.

Past UK winners of the Hans Christian Andersen Awards

1956: Eleanor Farjean
2000: Anthony Browne
2002: Quentin Blake
2002: Aidan Chambers
2010: David Almond

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