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In an effort to build awareness about the remarkable books written for children and teens across the globe, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has established the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Every two years, one author and one illustrator are selected as recipients of the award, considered by many to be the world’s most prestigious in children’s publishing. Maurice Sendak, for example, is the only illustrator from the United States to ever win this award.
In the spirit of IBBY’s mission to foster global connections to great books and stories, TeachingBooks.net has developed the following digital collection of recordings and websites. This archive introduces fans of children’s and young adult books to the authors and illustrators that have been nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award.
We contacted and recorded as many of the 57 nominees from 32 countries as we could, and present below audio recordings of these men and women accurately pronouncing and speaking about their names, as well as their personal websites or Wikipedia entries.
We hope that these materials enable readers to become aware of the passion and the personalities that bring books and children together, worldwide.
If you have specific suggestions for contacting the authors and illustrators whose Name Pronunciation recordings are missing, or know of any missing websites about these Nominees, please email Nick Glass at nick@TeachingBooks.net.
Learn more about the following 27 authors and 30 illustrators who are candidates for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Awards:
Andruetto, María Teresa (Argentina): Personal Website
Ballester, Arnal (Venezuela): Personal Website
Baniasadi, Mohammad Ali (Iran): Personal Website
Boulotis, Christos (Greece): Name Pronunciation
Burningham, John (United Kingdom): Wikipedia Entry
Campos de Queirós, Bartolomeu (Brazil): Personal Website
Dragt, Tonke (Netherlands): Personal Website
Hellsing, Lennart (Sweden): Personal Website
Hong Seong-Chan (Republic of Korea): Name Pronunciation
Kaaberbøl, Lene (Denmark): Personal Website
Mello, Roger (Brazil): Name Pronunciation
Nopola, Sinikka (Finland): Name Pronunciation
Nopola, Tiina (Finland): Name Pronunciation
Oral, Feridun (Turkey): Name Pronunciation
Paegle, Anita (Latvia)
Pardi, Charlotte (Denmark): Name Pronunciation
Peonidou, Elli (Cyprus): Name Pronunciation
Sortland, Bjørn (Norway): Personal Website
Spirin, Gennadij (Russia): Name Pronunciation
Tullio-Altan, Francesco (Italy): Wikipedia Entry
van Haeringen, Annemarie (Netherlands): Personal Website
Zabala, Javier (Spain): Name Pronunciation
About the Hans Christian Andersen Award
“The Hans Christian Andersen Awards are presented every two years by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important and lasting contribution to children’s literature.” Continuing reading about the award at its official website.
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net