Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hans Christian Andersen Award

Purpose -The Hans Christian Andersen Award is an international award given every two years to an author and illustrator who has made a significant contribution to children's literature.

History -This award has been given to an author since 1956. Illustrator awards were added in 1966. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark in 1805. He tried acting and writing for adults, but was not successful until he started writing stories for children. He is best known for his fairy tales. He died in 1875.

Facts -
*Administered by International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
*The Queen of Denmark is the Patron of the Andersen Awards, giving a gold medal and a diploma to the recipients.
*The recipient of the award must be living.
*This award is also called the "Little Nobel Prize."

Recent winner - The 2012 author winner is Maria Teresa Andruetto of Argentina. The winning illustrator for 2012 is Peter Sis from Czech Republic.

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