The finalists for the Hans Christian Andersen Award have been announced. (3/23, Updated to add: the winners are now in bold-face type.)
In the author category are Ahmad Reza Ahmadi (Iran), David Almond (United Kingdom), Bartolomeu Campos de Queiros (Brazil), Lennart Hellsing (Sweden), and Louis Jensen (Denmark).
In the illustrator group are Jutta Bauer (Germany), Carll Cneut (Belgium), Etienne Delessert (Switzerland), Svjetlan Junakovic (Croatia), and Roger Mello (Brazil).
Sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the award honors "a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature." Katherine Paterson, currently our National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, won the author prize in 1998. Additional information can be found on the Hans Christian Andersen Award page at IBBY's web site.