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Press Release Fun: The Hans Christian Andersen 2010 Shortlist!

That’s it. I can’t take it anymore. I’m joining USBBY or IBBY ASAP. I can’t stand that there are worldwide conversations about children’s literature and that nobody in America is blogging about those conversations. And the sheer awesomeness of this shortlist just drills the point home. I want to see ALL these books.


The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) announces the 2010 Shortlist

Five authors and five illustrators have been selected from 55 candidates submitted by 32 national sections of IBBY for the 2010 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 Tuesday, March 23rd at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The five short-listed authors in alphabetical order are:

– Ahmad Reza Ahmadi from Iran
– David Almond from the United Kingdom
– Bartolomeu Campos de Queiros from Brazil
– Lennart Hellsing from Sweden
– Louis Jensen from Denmark

Ahmad Reza Ahmadi’s fascinating short stories speak poetically about humanity, love, nature and peace for children and young adults. David Almond’s 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 as an author of poetic prose and playful poetry is highly admired for his commitment to beauty and art. Lennart Hellsing is an outstanding poet, who shares the pleasure of language through his mastery of rhythm, word games and invented words. Louis Jensen is a powerful storyteller and entertainer who combines magic and reality.

The five short-listed illustrators in alphabetical order are:

– Jutta Bauer from Germany
– Carll Cneut from Belgium
– Etienne Delessert from Switzerland
– Svjetlan Junakovic from Croatia
– Roger Mello from Brazil

Jutta Bauer creates a harmony between the verbal and visual language, using a philosophical approach in her originality and creativity. Carll Cneut’s amazing works powerfully narrate stories in his highly recognizable visual language. As a pioneer of modern picture books, Etienne Delessert’s 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 presents beautiful compositions that are expressive and emotional, while at the same time playful, imaginative and evocative. Roger Mello’s 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 ten members of the 2010 Jury were led by Jury President Zohreh Ghaeni from Iran. They are: Ernest Bond (USA), Karen Coeman (Mexico), Nadia El Kholy (Egypt), Maria Jesus Gil (Spain), Jan Hansson (Sweden), Annemie Leysen (Belgium), Darja Mezi-Leskovar (Slovenia), Alicia Salvi (Argentina), Helene Schar (Switzerland) and Regina Zilberman (Brazil). Elda Nogueira from Brazil represented IBBY and Liz Page acted as Jury Secretary.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Jenny Schwartzberg says:

    Yup, you have to join USBBY. I went to the USBBY conference last fall and it was wonderful and you get to see so many fabulous international children’s books and hear a lot of great discussions!

  2. Connie Rockman says:

    AND – you also have to subscribe to Bookbird, the official journal of IBBY. The April 2010 issue will include profiles on all the HCA nominees – over 50 of them from all over the globe – a fascinating bunch of people. I’ve been doing copyediting on Bookbird for over a year now, and it’s a splendid job, let me tell you.

  3. For a time there I thought about the name Bookbird for a blog. But since the journal obviously had its claim it didn’t seem like a good idea. I love Bookbird, though. Used to read it maniacally in my graduate school days. I was a periodical manager before I was a librarian. A fortuitous pairing.

  4. Jennifer Schultz says:

    Thanks so much for this. I’m always looking for ways to broaden our collection, and I’ve neglected to fully investigate IBBY’s website. I found some great lists, and I’m so pleased! So pleased, in fact, that I joined and subscribed to the journal. Looking forward to receiving my first issue!

  5. Wow! Now that’s a testimonial!

  6. Sarah Blake Johnson says:

    I attended the IBBY press conference in Bologna. It was great to be there.
    I agree–there needs to be more conversations about worldwide children’s literature. Bologna Book Fair and IBBY are great places to enter the conversation. Another place for great info is the Internationale Jugendbibliothek and their White Raven’s list.
    (These two booths–IBBY and the bibliothek were side by side in Bologna.)