|By PR Newswire||
|March 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT||
SWARTHMORE, Pa., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has named:
Nahoko Uehashi from Japan winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award
Roger Mello from Brazil winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award.
The Hans Christian Andersen Award #IBBYHCA, the most prestigious in international children's literature, has been awarded biennially to authors since 1956 and to illustrators since 1966 by the International Board on Books for Young People. It is given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works are judged to have made lasting contributions to children's literature.
Nahoko Uehashi writes unique fantasy novels from the viewpoint of cultural anthropology. She believes one thing, that people from every corner of the world have in common is a love for telling stories. Her stories about honour and duty, fate and sacrifice, are refreshing as well as being authentically Japanese. Her fantasy worlds are loosely based on medieval Japan, while at the same time are very much worlds of her own making. Not content to simply create a landscape of geography and mythology, Uehashi includes allusions to the class system as well as the interaction between spiritual and moral dimensions.
Uehashi was selected from 28 authors nominated.
Roger Mello's illustrations provide avenues to explore the history and culture of Brazil. He does not underestimate a child's ability to recognize and decode cultural phenomena and images. His illustrations allow children to be guided through stories by their imagination. Travel and discovery are important aspects of Mello's artistic expression and the rich content of his illustrations reflect his passion for folklore and for exploration of the world. Through his incredibly colourful and thrilling illustrated stories children gain deeper understanding both of their own culture and that of others around the world.
Mello was selected from 30 illustrators nominated.
The members of the 2014 Jury, led by Jury President Maria Jesus Gil from Spain, are: Anastasia Arkhipova (Russia), Fanuel Hanan Diaz (Venezuela), Sabine Fuchs (Austria), Sangwook Kim (Republic of Korea), Enrique Perez Diaz (Cuba), Deborah Soria (Italy), Susan M. Stan (USA), Sahah Tarhandeh from (Iran), Erik Titusson (Sweden) and Ayfer Gurdal unal (Turkey). Elda Nogueira from Brazil represented IBBY and Liz Page as Jury Secretary attended the meeting ex officio.
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