The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. Every other year IBBY presents the Andersen Award to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.
The Author's Award has been given since 1956 and the Illustrator's Award since 1966. The Award consists of a gold medal and a diploma, presented at a festive ceremony during the biennial IBBY Congress.
The Patron of the Andersen Awards is Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the Awards are sponsored by Nami Island Inc. Nominations for the Andersen Award are made by the National Sections of IBBY and the recipients are selected by a distinguished international jury of children's literature specialists.
A special Andersen Awards issue of IBBY's journal Bookbird presents all the nominees, and documents the Award selection process. Bookbird Andersen Award issues for 2014 and 2012 may be ordered from IBBY and earlier issues are digitally available in the IBBY archives: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994
A publication about the Hans Christian Andersen Awards was prepared for the 2002 IBBY Jubilee Congress, The Hans Christian Andersen Awards, 1956 - 2002. It includes biographies and a selected bibliography of all the winners from 1956 to 2002, as well as the history of the Award. The publication can be ordered here or downloaded as a pdf here
To celebrate the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, IBBY, with support from the Frankfurt Book Fair, organized a panel discussion featuring the Awards in October 2012. The participants were Junko Yokota a former HCAA juror, Wally de Doncker immediate past Vice President of IBBY, David Almond winner of the 2010 HCA Award for writing and Roger Mello two-time finalist for the illustrator Award. Miriam Gabriela Möllers, an expert on children's and youth literature, acted as moderator. Thanks to an arrangement with Pioneerfilm from Ludwigshafen, Germany, we are proud to invite you to view a shortened version of the hour long discussion here. The film is also available on YouTube.
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