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Topic Started: Jan 7 2016, 10:14 AM (1,017 Views)
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Oct 21 2016, 11:33 AM
The nominees for the ALMA 2017 award are now available! http://alma.se/Documents/2016/Nominated_Candidates_2017.pdf

I'm hoping this year doesn't go to an organization (as much as it helps...much prefer potential of discovering new authors...).

I'm actually shocked at how barren Germany, Japan, and China are.
I'm familiar with a few of the Australians: Alison Lester and Leigh Hobbs do nice picture books, the latter with an anarchic quality and a great messy drawing style. Morris Gleitzman is something of an institution and does great middle fiction. My son loves his books, of which we have quite a few. I know most of the other names but haven't read their work.
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Meg Rosoff, who one last year, is a huge fan of Morris Gleitzman, so I'm not surprised to see him nominated. Though, he's been on the list a handful of times, and I'm unsure if this year he's her choice or someone else's.
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I'm glad this thread was bumped up! Wonderful recommendations and resources all around. Thanks, all!

Katsumi Komagata is certainly an unexpected choice, although the trend for illustrated children's books in Japan seems to be in the direction of strong graphic design influences. Komagata's books are definitely graphic design marvels:

http://blog.picturebookmakers.com/post/143421506971/katsumi-komagata
http://www.revistaemilia.com.br/mostra.php?id=220

The author's website:
http://www.one-stroke.co.jp/

Strange how Kyoko Matsuoka is singled out as a "promoter of reading" when she's a prolific children's author in her own right. Then again, her contribution to children's literature is more strongly felt in her role in founding the Tokyo Children's Library.
Edited by Uemarasan, Oct 30 2016, 02:38 AM.
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Whoop, whoop! Another great choice this year by ALMA. Wolf Erlbruch! terrific. (albeit, he has won the HCA, maybe giving it to someone who hasn't won one of the two internationals, like dragt or janosch, would have been better.)

http://alma.se/en/award-winners/2017/
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The nominees for the 2018 HCAA:

http://www.ibby.org/awards-activities/awards/hans-christian-andersen-awards/hcaa-2018/?L=0

I've been trying to find more works by Cao Wenxuan who won the last author prize in 2016. Archipelago's putting out a picture book of his, and I see two other titles available in German not in English:

https://www.amazon.de/Stra%C3%9Fenlaterne-Nr-%E7%AC%AC%E5%85%AB%E5%8F%B7%E8%A1%97%E7%81%AF-China-Kinder/dp/3943314308/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493307126&sr=1-2&keywords=Cao+Wenxuan

and

https://www.amazon.de/Das-Grashaus-Literatur-%C3%BCber-China/dp/3943314332/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493307126&sr=1-8&keywords=Cao+Wenxuan (which is a horrendous cover. seriously, go browse his amazon page. the chinese ones are delightful; this is pathetic.)

Sweden has also put out a new one, http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789186589615/rok/

Inexplicably, there is a new English book not available in other languages, http://www.theworldofchinese.com/store/gift-2/the-amber-tiles/ but this seems unavailable for purchase both on the website and anywhere else online. I do not understand.



I did find this terrific blog by two great translators and one librarian about Chinese children's books! https://chinesebooksforyoungreaders.wordpress.com/home/


EDIT: And thanks to the blog, I found what looks like a pile of Cao's books coming out! https://hillary-fee.squarespace.com/twinkling-books#smoke

edit 2: ok, awesome blog again, https://chinesebooksforyoungreaders.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/bronze-and-sunflower-now-available-in-the-usa-and-canada/ So looks like a lot of Cao will be flooding my shelves. http://product.dangdang.com/1035756760.html seriously, 59 yuan for four books? that's like $9.
Edited by Bloß ein Língshān, Apr 27 2017, 12:11 PM.
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The jury and nominations for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award are out.

http://www.ibby.org/awards-activities/awards/hans-christian-andersen-awards/hcaa-2018/

So many great names, can't imagine having to choose one from author, one illustrator.

Random predictions.

Illustrator: either Thé Tjong-Khing or François Place

Author: (selfishly I'd like Inese Zandere to win because her books I want to read and are untranslated (to my knowledge)) but most likely Marie-Aude Murail or Ulf Stark


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Nominations for the next ALMA.

http://www.alma.se/en/Nominations/Candidates/2018/

Also, a great interview with one of the laureates, Kitty Crowther. I need to pick up her books! L'Enfant racine is so hard to find, bah.

https://www.ecoledesloisirs.fr/sites/default/files/auteurs_pdf/11235-nos.pdf
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Via the National Diet Library: International Library of Children's Literature in Japan. A past exhibition of 10 picture books from various countries. Indispensable!

https://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/publications/professional-report/136.pdf
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