Jacqueline Wilson and John Burningham nominated for Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2014

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, the most borrowed author of the last decade, and John Burningham, the multi-award winning illustrator have both been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2014. The Awards are presented every other year to a “living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature”.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson is a former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author who has sold 35 million copies of her books in the UK and is also translated into 34 different languages. Ten of her books are being submitted to the international jury including The Illustrated Mum, Hetty Feather and her most recent title, Queenie.

John Burningham won the Kate Greenaway Medal for his first picture book Borka (1963) and went on to win the award again with Granpa (1984). Both books, along with eight other titles covering a span of fifty years of illustrating, will be submitted to the international jury. This will be the second time he has been nominated being shortlisted for the 2012 Awards.

Previous UK winners of the Authors’ Award set up in 1956 are: Eleanor Farjeon (1956), Aidan Chambers (2002) and David Almond (2010). Last year’s winner was Maria Teresa Andruetto (Argentina). The Illustrators’ Award was set up in 1966 and was won by Anthony Browne (2000) and Quentin Blake (2002). The 2012 winner was Peter Sis (Czech Republic).

The international jury will be confirmed at the Bologna Book Fair 2013 and the winners will be announced the following year at the same event. The Awards will be presented at the next biennial IBBY World Congress which will be in Mexico City in 2014.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. There are 78 national sections including IBBY UK which hosted the biennial World Congress in London last August.

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