Christian Andersen Award
is the Hans Christian Andersen Award?
Christian Anderson Award is the most distinguished prize in
children's literature and is often referred to as the "Little
Nobel Prize." The award is given to an author and an
illustrator, living at the time of the nomination, whose complete
works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.
decides the winner?
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) selects the
winners. Her Magesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is the
Patron of the Andersen Awards, and the Nisson Motor Company supports
the Andersen Awards program.
section of IBBY may propose a candidate. The medal winner is selected
by an international jury (The Hans Christian Andersen Jury) composed
of the jury president, the president of IBBY and eight children's
literature experts elected by the executive committee of IBBY.
No jurer may serve more than two consecutive terms. To
alleviate the large amount of reading necessary to consider both
awards, they have split the duties so that currently the jury is
divided into five members to select the author and five to select
did the award begin?
Christian Andersen Award began in 1956 when they gave the first
author's award. In 1966, they began giving both an author and
an illustrator award. The award is given biennially.
Originally, the award was given for one specific work; now the
author's and illustrator's complete works are considered.
special criteria are used to select this award?
are judged on literary and artistic merit. Judges look for
exceptional aesthetic qualities in writing or illustration,
including treatment of plot, character, style, structure or language
and for a portrayal of universal themes with lasting human virtues.
Candidates who have been highly commended may be proposed again
after an interval of five years. During the first years, the jury
listed "runnersup," then "highly commended,"
and, in the last few years, "author or illustrator
finalist" for the books that were in the final consideration.
is it called the Hans Christian Andersen Award?
Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is recognized as one of the masters
of the fairy-tale genre. His writings encompassed fairy tales,
plays, novels and travel books.
does the award look like?
receive both a diploma and a gold medal. The round gold medal
portrays the face of Hans Christian Andersen surrounded by the words
"HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN MEDAILLE."