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It's Angie^^

For good parenting, internationally many parents believe that 'reading books' is helpful for
children's intellectual development.

In fact, parents try hard(?!) in several ways to make their children to get an interest in reading and
be familiar with books. Some kids, without their parents' great devotion, know the fun of reading.
For those kids, parents are willing to get more books with pleasure and even at this moment,
their livingroom might be ready to open for 'Home Library'. lol

And I am pretty sure these parents who have interests in all these book stuffs for their kids,
might heard of The Hans Christian Andersen Awards : 1956 - 2008.



The Hans Christian Andersen Awards is well known as the best awards for specialists in Children Literacy and Illustratration. It would be very honored if your name has brought up on the list of candidates for the Awards; it is like 'Novel Prize' in children's book field.

Since the first Hans Christian Andersen Awards had formed in 1956, IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) selects one best illustrator and one children literacy author once in every 2 yrs.

Till now there are total 55 prize winners including 22 illustrators and 28 authors.

The prize winners are the present best of the illustrators and authors who are all remarkably contributed to the development of Children Literacy.

Golden medal and certificate are granted to Andersen Awards winners. The conferment ceremony proceed during IBBY general meeting in every 2 yrs.

Moreover, as Bookbird Magazine reports all the process of selecting winners of Hans Christian Andersen Awards on the magazines, its authority and fairness to choose winners are guaranteed and
acknowledged.

International Board on Books for Young people.

International Board on Korean committee Books for Young People.

Hans Christian Andersen Awards Winners 1956-2008
 


Last 31st March, 2008.
The 27th Hans Christian Andersen Award was held in Bologna, Italy.
And the most important news!!!
Its official sponsor had been changed from 'Nissan' to Nami Island in Korea.

Japan-based Nissan has sponsored 'The Hans Christian Andersen Awards' for last 16yrs but
For next 10 years from 2009, Naminara Republic(Nami Island) in Korea officially is Andersen's sponsor.
 
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Looking back, Nami Island's International Children's Book Festival(NAMBOOK) raised
'Boom' of Children's books in Korea.

The festival has reached its 5th birthday on this coming October and it is widely seen as remarkable book festival in Korea and more than 70countries are participating in this festival nowadays.

Nami Island has been selected as an official sponsor of Hans Christian Andersen Awards
since last year; AND Nami families who fell in love with NAMBOOK International Children Book Festival and work under the moto of 'Eat, Drink, Spread books on a floor, Roll over in books and Rest on them. Just Be the one with them' took it as an international acknowledgement for their great effort and devotion to manage such a big cultural festival. Hooray~!

Nami Island and Nami families are so happy to be the sponsor of Andersen Awards, we even named a ferry to Nami Island after 'The Little Mermaid' of Andersen's children's story.

We are all excited getting ready for the next NAMBOOK010 International Book Festival right now.
We try to make it more creative and new and includes different types of activities, exhibitions, various cultural experiences and story-telling etc.

Come and visit to fairy tale Nami Island on October while NAMBOOK International Book Festival is holding on Nami Island in 2010. It would be fantastic!!



IBBY Announces New Sponsor of Hans Christian Andersen Awards
 

IBBY is delighted to announce that Nami Island Inc. of South Korea has generously agreed to sponsor the Hans Christian Andersen Awards for the next ten years!  

Nami Island is an extraordinary island, owned by the Minn family and lying in the Bukhangang River, to which Korean families come for day trips, and where they encounter the wonderful world of books. The annual NAMBOOK festival that attracts children’s books, performers, and artists from around the world; the Centre for Environmental Studies; the Artists’ Centre and residential cottages where artisans and artists can come to work and live with nature; the UNICEF pavilion; the outdoor sculpture garden; and most especially, the numerous little nature libraries scattered throughout the island, make this one of the most extraordinary places in the world for children, as well as adults, to encounter books.

Led by the brilliant South Korean designer, illustrator, writer and current president of KBBY, Woo-hyon Kang, it is hard to imagine a more perfect sponsor for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Awards. IBBY is deeply grateful for this exciting new sponsorship.

At this moment, IBBY would also like to express its gratitude for the sixteen-year long sponsorship of the awards by the Nissan Motor Company of Tokyo, which, will culminate at the 31st IBBY Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark in September this year, where Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is expected to present the 2008 awards. Nissan’s funding has allowed the Hans Christian Andersen Award to maintain its unquestioned status. We thank the Nissan Motor Company with all our hearts for their most warmly appreciated support.

The Award’s international jury and the incontestable quality of its laureates assure that the Hans Christian Andersen Awards are still the most prestigious awards in the world of children’s books. IBBY’s international network of 72 countries ensures that the laureates’ books are known and read throughout the world. As Katherine Paterson once said after winning the Award in 1998: “The Hans Christian Andersen Award gave me the world.”

Now, we can move towards the next ten years, secure in the confidence that we have an exciting and vibrant new sponsor. Within the IBBY family, Woo-Hyon Kang and Nami Island are famous for their generosity, energy, enthusiasm and for the magic that they bring to everything they undertake. We believe that with their help the Hans Christian Andersen Awards will flourish and that we can bring the prize and its laureates to the world in even more effective and dynamic ways.

Patsy Aldana, IBBY President 
Bologna 2008, March 31, 2008


           Come and visit Nami Island>>>>> www.namisum.com

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