The Hans Christian Andersen Award Announces the 2012 Short List

Finding good children’s books to read is often one of the greatest challenges for parents wanting to help their children to read. Book awards provide helpful guidance and are a trusted source of recommended children’s books to read.  The Hans Christian Andersen Award is considered the most prestigious in international children’s book awards. It is  given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made lasting contributions to children’s literature. 

This years shortlist consists of the following 5 authors:

  •  María Teresa Andruetto from Argentina is a master of creating sensitive books, which are deep and poetic and relate to a great variety of topics.Unfortunately you cannot as yet read her books in English.

  • Paul Fleischman from the USA makes an innovative and unique contribution to children’s books. Check Paul’s latest YA novel WHIRLING about a heart broken young man who finds a way to redemption through constructing amazing wind toys. Watch also for Paul’s new picture book THE DUMBERHEADS BEHIND BARS, a return of one of the most unforgettable underdogs and don’t miss one of our favorites WESLANDIA a swan song for all the misfits, creators and dreamers among us.

  • Bart Moeyaert from Belgium presents subtle depictions of strong characters by evoking poetical atmospheres using a language that combines both humour and seriousness. His most recent book available in English is DANI BENNONI LONG MAY HE LIVE A stunning, sophisticated story about a boy’s love for his older brother.
  • Jean-Claude Mourlevat from France writes for children and teenagers on many different levels, from poetic prose to fantasy or to realism. His most recent book in English is WINTER’S END, a gripping dystopian novel about four teenagers risking impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices.
  •  Bianca Pitzorno from Italy uses imaginative and diverse texts to share complicity with her readers, using humour and a skillful construction of characters.Another great author who is not available in English. 

If you are looking for some books to read that are not about vampires, zombies or fallen angels this is definitely a list to consider as these authors and their works have already made a lasting impression on scores of young adults around the world.