Estonian children’s book awards

Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
The Children’s Literature Award is one of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia’s annual literary awards, which continues the tradition of recognizing outstanding Estonian writing that began in 1970 (the Cultural Endowment has given out these awards since 1995). Each year on Estonian Language Day (14 March), authors of the best original works in a number of different literary categories receive monetary prizes.

2018 – Andrus Kivirähk. „Tilda ja tolmuingel“ (2018)
2017 – Leelo Tungal. „Halloo!“ (2017)
2016 – Aino Pervik. „Hädaoru kuningas” (2016)
2015 – Piret Raud. „Lugu Sandrist, Murist, tillukesest emmest ja nähtamatust Akslistˮ (2015)
2014 – Contra. „Kõik on kõige targemad” (2014)
2013 – Anti Saar. „Kuidas meil asjad käivad” (2013)
2012 – Jaanus Vaiksoo. „Supipotikarneval” (2012)
2011 – Ilmar Tomusk. „Volli vanad vigurid” (2011)
2010 – Kristiina Kass. „Nõianeiu Nöbinina” (2010)
2009 – Mika Keränen. „Peidetud hõbedane aardelaegas” (2009)
2008 – Piret Raud. „Printsess Luluu ja härra Kere” (2008)
2007 – Ilmar Trull. „Järvevaht ja joogivesi” (2007)
2006 – Peeter Sauter. „Laiskade laste raamat” (2006)
2005 – Piret Raud. „Sanna ja salakütid” (2005)
2004 – Jaan Rannap. „Nelja nimega koer” (2004)
2003 – Katrin Reimus. „Haldjatants” (2003)
2002 – Heino Kiik. „Kuresaapad” (2002)
2001 – Aino Pervik. Paula-sarja raamatud (2001)
2000 – Valeria Ränik. „Ülejõel, Kassilaiu pealinnas” (2000)
1999 – Ellen Niit. „Ühel viivul vikervalgel” (1999)
1998 – Ilmar Trull. „Lõbusad luuletused” (1998)
1997 – Leelo Tungal, Karel Korp. „Kollitame! Kummitame!” (1997)
1996 – Tiia Toomet. „Kaltsutitt ja puuhobune” (1996)
1995 – Peeter Ernits. „Ei või olla! ” (1994)
1994 – Edgar Valter. „Pokuraamat” (1994)
1993 – Aino Pervik. „Kallis härra Q” (1992), „Sookoll ja sisalik” (näidend) (Eesti Kirjanike Liidu aastapreemia)
1991 – 1992 – preemiat välja ei antud
1990 – „Eesti ajalugu. Muinasajast kuni 19. sajandi lõpuni: konspektiivne õppematerjal keskkoolile." 1.-2. osa (1989)
1989 – Mari Saat. „Mina ise” (1988)
1988 – Heino Väli. „Naga” (1987)
1987 – Mihkel Mutt. „Näärivana” (1986)
1986 – Harri Jõgisalu. „Maaleib” (1985)
1985 – Viktor Masing. „Sinasõprus tammega” (1984)
1984 – Heljo Mänd. „Väikesed võililled” (1983)
1983 – Hando Runnel. „Mõtelda on mõnus” (1982)
1982 – Harri Jõgisalu. „Kärp” (1981)
1981 – preemiat välja ei antud
1980 – Eno Raud. „Jälle need naksitrallid. Esimene raamat” (1979)
1979 – Asta Põldmäe. „Mitmekesi maateral” (1978)
1978 – Ellen Niit. „Triinu ja Taavi uued ja vanad lood” (1977)
1977 – Viivi Luik. „Leopold aitab linnameest” (1976)
1976 – Aino Pervik. „Kunksmoor ja kapten Trumm” (1975)
1975 – Holger Pukk. „Mida te teate Oskarist?” (1974)
1974 – Iko Maran. „Londiste, õige nimega Vant” (1973)
1973 – Vladimir Beekman. „Raua-Roobert” (1972)
1972 – Jaan Rannap. „Jefreitor Jõmm” (1971)
1971 – Ellen Niit. „Lahtiste uste päev” (1970)
1970 – Eno Raud. „Huviline filmikaamera” (1969) ja „Lugu lendavate taldrikutega” (1969)

The Nukits Competition
The Nukits Competition, which the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre has organised every two years since 1992, polls Estonian readers under the age of 16, asking them to rate new children’s and young-adult books. Participants’ votes determine the most popular Estonian children’s author and illustrator. The main prize is a bronze Nukitsa trophy and the three top-rated authors and illustrators receive monetary awards. The award ceremony of Nukits Competition is usually held around 2 April which is the International Children’s Book Day celebrated on the birthday of the beloved fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen.

The list of winners

Raisin of the Year Award
Since 2004, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre has annually given the Raisin of the Year Award to the most unique or surprising Estonian children’s book published that year. Assessed are the author’s or artist’s work and the book as a whole. The prize is one kilogram of raisins and a monetary award. The Raisin of the Year is given during a December event held at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre to thank our supporters.

2018 – Anti Saar, Urmas Viik. „Mina, Milda ja meister Michel“ (Eesti Kunstimuuseum, 2018). Loe uudist
2017 – Heli Lukner, Mare Müürsepp. „Füübits“ (Tammerraamat, 2017). Loe uudist
2016 – Triinu Laan (tekst) ja Anne Pikkov (pildid). „Vana katkine kass“ (Päike ja Pilv, 2016). Loe uudist
2015 – Kertu Sillaste. „Ei ole nii!” (Päike ja Pilv, 2015). Loe uudist
2014 – Maris Pruuli (tekst) ja Regina Lukk-Toompere (pildid). „Maiasmoka atlas” (Regio, 2014). Loe uudist
2013 – Anti Saar (tekst) ja Alvar Jaakson (pildid). „Kuidas meil asjad käivad” (Tänapäev, 2013). Loe uudist
2012 – Tiia Mets. „VahvaToomas. Vana Toomase legend” (Päike ja Pilv, 2012). Loe uudist
2011 – Aidi Vallik (tekst) ja Piret Mildeberg (pildid). „Mannikese lugu” (Lugu-Loo, 2010). Loe uudist
2010 – Aino Pervik (tekst) ja Jüri Mildeberg (pildid). „Ühes väikses veidras linnas” (Tänapäev, 2009)
2009 – Piret Raud. „Härra Linnu lugu” (Tammerraamat, 2009) ja „Mister Bird’s Story” (Tammerraamat, 2009)
2008 – Muinasjutukogumik „Elas kord…” (Avita, 2008)
2007 – Aili Kalavus, Mare Müürsepp ja Mare Hunt. „Kui Arno isaga koolimajja jõudis…” (Ilo, 2007)
2006 – Maarja Kangro (tekst) ja Kirke Kangro (pildid). „Puuviljadraakon” (2006)
2005 – Kogumik „Ruttu tuttu! Eesti isade unejutte”, autorid Karl-Martin Sinijärv, Veiko Belials, Andrus Kivirähk, Juhani Püttsepp, Contra, Jürgen Rooste, Jaanus Vaiksoo, Kivisildnik, Peeter Sauter, Jaan Tätte ja Peep Pedmanson; pildid: Jüri Mildeberg. (Ajakirjade Kirjastus, 2005)
2004 – Henno Käo. „Väike rüütel Rikardo” (Tänapäev, 2004)

Tartu Prize for Children’s Literature (Childhood Prize)
The Tartu Prize for Children’s Literature (since 2015) is given annually to the author of an outstanding children’s or young-adult book over the past year. The City of Tartu funds the award, and the Tartu City Library together with the Tartu Toy Museum organize the award ceremony. Winners are announced and the award of 2,000 euros presented on World Book Day (23 April) at the Tartu Toy Museum’s Theatre House.

2019 – Jana Maasik. „Hopspelleri amulett. Kõrvetav puudutus” (2018)
2018 – Kadri Hinrikus. „Katariina ja herned” (2017)
2017 – Reeli Reinaus. „Kuidas mu isa endale uue naise sai” (2016)
2016 – Andrus Kivirähk. „Oskar ja asjad” (2015)
2015 – Kairi Look. „Peeter, sõpradele Peetrike” (2014)

“Järje Hoidja” Award of the Tallinn Central Library
The “Järje Hoidja” Award (since 2004) is given to the author of the Estonian children’s or young-adult book that has been checked out most from the Tallinn Central Library over the past year, thanking writers for consistently providing children and youth with worthy reading material. The award is presented prior to International Children’s Book Day on 2 April.

2018 – Andrus Kivirähk. „Tilda ja tolmuingel“ (2018)
2017 – Anti Saar. „Pärt ei oska saltot“ (2017)
2016 – Reeli Reinaus. „Verikambi“ (2016)
2015 – Ilmar Tomusk. „Kriminaalne pangapresident. Kriminalistid on tagasi“ (2015)
2014 – Aino Pervik. „Härra Tee ja Proua Kohvi“ (2014)
2013 – Piret Raud. „Teistmoodi printsessilood“ (2013)
2012 – Ilmar Tomusk „Kolmanda A kriminalistid“ (2012)
2011 – Heli Künnapas. „Lõpupidu“ (2011)
2010 – Urmas Nemvalts ja Contra. „Poiste aabits“ (2010)
2009 – Ene Sepp. „Medaljon“ (2009)
2008 – Aino Pervik. „Paula sõidab kevadet vaatama“ (2008)
2007 – Ketlin Priilinn. „Peaaegu Tuhkatriinu“ (2007)
2006 – Aarne Mägi ja Aare Toikka. „Ruudi” (2006)
2005 – Lea Arme. „Duubeltüdruk” (2005)
2004 – Andrus Kivirähk. „Limpa ja mereröövlid” (2004)

Good Children’s Book, Good YA Book
The Estonian Union for Child Welfare has selected the best new children’s books every year since 2009, and the best young-adult books since 2018. Representatives of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, the Estonian Reading Association, and children’s sections of rural and urban central libraries take part in the selection process.

5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books
The competition, which was initiated in 1998 by the Estonian Graphic Designers’ Association and the National Library of Estonia, includes representatives from the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, the Association of Estonian Printmakers, and the Estonian Publishers’ Union on its jury. The awards are meant to show appreciation for illustrated children’s books as an element of intellectual culture. Books’ overall makeup is assessed, with special attention given to the quality of illustration. The competition is held in conjunction with the selection of winners of the “25 Best-Designed Estonian Books” competition.

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