Junko Yokota, Chair of the Jury for the Hans Christian Andersen Award of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has announced the winners of the 2020 IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award. IBBY is very grateful to Nami Island Inc. in the Republic of Korea for their sponsorship of this prestigious award.
The 2020 winners are:
Jacqueline Woodson of the U.S.A. for Writing and Albertine of Switzerland for Illustration
IBBY National sections submitted 34 author nominees and 36 illustrator nominees. From this pool of incredibly highly qualified candidates, the jury deliberated each nominee, carefully and thoroughly assessing each candidate while maintaining discussions related to the criteria.
2020 Author Winner Jacqueline Woodson
The dossier submitted for her nomination notes that all Jacqueline Woodson’s books “feature lyrical language, powerful characters, and an abiding sense of hope. The dialogues are pitch- perfect, the stories are raw and fresh, and the endings satiate the reader.”
2020 Illustrator Winner Albertine
Albertine creates books with multiple levels of interpretation as an illustrator, but also as an author. Her dossier states that she is “known for work that expresses spontaneity combined with attention to detail, infinite precision as well as a sense of humor.”
The 2020 Shortlist comprised:
- María Cristina Ramos from Argentina
- Bart Moeyaert from Belgium
- Marie-Aude Murail from France
- Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran
- Peter Svetina from Slovenia
- Isabelle Arsenault from Canada
- Seizo Tashima from Japan
- Sylvia Weve from the Netherlands
- Iwona Chmielewska from Poland
- Elena Odriozola from Spain
Profiles of all the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award nominees can be found in the Bookbird special Andersen issue #57/4.
Bookbird can be read for free on Project MUSE until the end of May 2020.
Visit the IBBY website/BOOKBIRD to access Project MUSE. https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/41386