EBBY Board In Action: Yasmine Motawy on the Growing Space for Arabic Literature for Young People, Globally
Arabic Literature (in English) drew the spotlight on EBBY's Yasmine Motawy, who has been selected as one of the judges this year for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Awards. Read their interview with Motawy here, as she discusses the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, the Egyptian nominee Affaf Tobbala, and the important role that EBBY seeks to play in the emerging space for children's literature in Egypt.
Today IBBY has announced the Shortlist for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Awards. This year EBBY is particularly proud to have had a juror from Egypt as well as a nominee for best author.
EBBY board member, Yasmine Motawy was selected by IBBY's Executive Committee at the Bologna Book Fair to sit on the ten person jury, and EBBY confidently selected celebrated Egyptian author Affaf Tobbala as its nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Those nominated and shortlisted represent the best of what each national literature has to offer and their books will receive international attention through IBBY activities and participation in international book fairs and congresses. EBBY wishes them all the heartiest congratulations.
The shortlist for 2016 is:
Authors: Cao Wenxuan from China, Louis Jensen from Denmark, Mirjam Pressler from Germany, Ted van Lieshout from the Netherlands and Lois Lowry from the USA.
Illustrators: Rotraut Susanne Berner from Germany, Pejman Rahimizadeh from Iran, Alessandro Sanna from Italy, Suzy Lee from the Republic of Korea and Marit Törnqvist from the Netherlands.
The criteria used to assess the nominations included the aesthetic and literary quality as well as the freshness and innovation of the body of work; the ability to see the child’s point of view and to stretch their curiosity; and the continuing relevance of the works to children and young people. The Award is based on the entire body of work.
After the meeting, the president of the jury, Patricia Aldana said, “It was remarkable to work with such an accomplished jury. Despite coming from so many different cultures and backgrounds there was a surprising degree of consensus. And it was a highly enjoyable process for us all.”
The two winners will be announced at the IBBY Press Conference on 4 April 2016at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair. The medals and diplomas will be presented to the winners during the 35th IBBY Congress in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, 20 August 2016.
Very Best Wishes
The Egyptian Board on Books for Young People
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