By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
‘Deeply Rooted in Asia’s Graphic Culture’Results are in from two competitions that are part of the programming of the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, just concluding Sunday (November 20).
One competition is an awards program for young illustrators, the Golden Pinwheel.
The other is the Chen Bochui Awards given to authors of children’s picture books. Chen Bochui was an influential writer and translator who rendered The Wizard of Oz, Don Quixote and other books in Chinese translations. At his death in 1997, Chen left his savings for the creation of the award that bears his name.
Both prizes are open to international candidates. The children’s picture books prize was opened to world entries in 2014. , and the results this year reflect that.
Chen Bochui Best International Picture Books
Chosen from a field of 191 entries, winners of the Chen Bochui Awards for best international picture books are:
- Beautiful Birds (UK) author Jean Roussen, illustrator Emmanuelle Walker, published by Flying Eye Books;
- It’s My War (Canada) author Thomas Scotto, illustrator Barroux, published by Éditions Les 400 coups;
- Chien des villes (France)author Alexandra Garibal, illustrator Fred Benaglia, published by Gallimard Jeunesse;
- The Plaits (China) author/ illustrator Hei Mi, published by Daylight Publishing House; and
- Old Tyre (China) author Jia Wei, illustrator Zhu Chengliang, published by Jiangsu Phoenix Juvenile and Children’s Publishing Ltd.
Each prize carries a cash award of 20,000 Chinese yuan (US$2,900).
In addition to those winners, Spain’s Maria Jesus Gil was honored for making a special contribution to children’s literature.
Golden Pinwheel Best Youg Illustrators
This prize is given to one international and one Chinese illustrator, and began with more than 1,200 works by illustrators between the ages of 18 and 39, submitted in two categories: picture books and manga, graphic novels and comics.
Coming in with a 50-candidate shortlist, the competition has been won by:
- Fatemeh Nakhael (Iran) and
- Ye Luying (China).
Nakhael will be flown to next year’s Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair and will be showcasing a selection of her work there.
The Shanghai fair director, Randy Wang, is quoted in a prepared statement, saying, “Illustration plays an essential role in contemporary children’s literature.
“This dynamic and creative field has gone through significant changes in the last few decades and now offers new and highly stimulating ways of triggering a child’s imagination. Illustration is deeply rooted in Asia’s graphic culture and is an increasingly popular career choice.”
The fair’s organizers tell the media that top-selling English titles this season in China include:
- Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram);
- Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake);
- The Magic School Bus (Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen);
- Goosebumps (R.L. Stine);
- Twilight (Stephenie Meyer); and
- My First Discoveries series (multiple authors).