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The winners of Hans Christian Andersen award announced

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Jacqueline Woodsoni raamat The Other SideInternational Board on Books for Young People announced the winners of Hans Christian Andersen award during the virtual Bologna Book Fair. The awards are presented to an author and an illustrator to recognise their lifelong achievement and important contribution to children’s literature.

This year the winners of the award are the children’s writer Jacquelin Woodson of the USA and the Swiss illustrator Albertine.

According to the jury Jacquelin Woodson’s prolific body of writing includes both picture books and young adult literature „all of which feature lyrical language, powerful characters, and an abiding sense of hope“. Illustrator Albertine caught the jury’s eye because she „creates books with multiple levels of interpretation, with drawings made with infinite precision that are lively and full of humour“.

Nominations for the awards are submitted by the national sections of IBBY. This year the jury deliberated the creative bodies of 34 writers and 36 illustrators from 36 countries. IBBY Estonia nominated the illustrator and children’s writer Piret Raud for the award. The winners were chosen by a 10-member jury comprised of experts from all over the world.

The jury also created a list of outstanding books from the 2020 nominees that they felt were important enough to merit translation everywhere.

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children’s books. Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognise lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children’s literature.

More information on the IBBY web-page.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair launched a virtual edition

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International Bologna Book Fair launched a virtual fair due to global corona virus lock-downs. The four-day virtual fair includes, illustration exhibitions, webinars, book trailers, conferences, award ceremonies and a new blog. 

Bologna Children’s Book Fair is a meeting place for professionals engaged in children’s literature. They meet to trade publishing licenses, find the best new books, network, and exchange ideas about the new trends in the field. This year the fair is hosted online due to world-wide corona virus lock-downs. Registered guests and visitors will get access to an online trading hub BCBF Global Rights Exchange

for publishing rights. Additionally, the fair web-page and social media channels will publish articles, interviews, book trailers etc.

Estonia is represented in the virtual fair by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and the Estonian Publisher’s Association.

The fair was opened by an online conference discussing children’s publishing during the worldwide lockdown and the industry’s prospects in a world marked by the experience of the virus.

See the program on the web-page of the International Bologna Chilren’s Book Fair.

The next fair will be held in Bologna from 12 to 15 April 2021.

Online readings of Estonian children’s books in Finnish

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Many libraries have started to provide online reading out loud sessions for children during the corona virus crisis lock-downs. Our neighbours in Finland can enjoy many stories from Estonian authors translated to Finnish.

Spirited and humorous stories in the book Piia Biscuit Moves In by Kairi Look are available on the Kuopio City Library Youtube channel.

Also the fairy tale lessons of Kallio Library continue online during the virus. And in one of the lessons the beloved Estonian-Finnish author Sofi Oksanen reads and Estonian classic The Egg by Julius Oro

Additionally, the reading of Andrus Kivirähk’s jolly collection of short stories Poo and Spring is available at the theatre lovers Facebook-page Rakastajat-teatteri. And the beloved children’s story by Silvi Väljal called Jussike’s Seven Friends is available for viewers and listeners in part one and part two at the same Facebook-page as well.






Children’s literature centre temporarily closed

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The Estonian Children’s Literature Centre is temporarily closed starting March 16th due to the emergency situation announced by the Estonian government to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Readers will not be able to check out or return books. The return deadline of borrowed books will be extended until the centre is reopened.

Be healthy!

Indrek Koff at the Brussels Book Fair

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Indrek Koff participated in the Brussels Book Fair and conducted a workshop titled From Sound to Image, from Image to a Story on March 8th, 2020.

The author introduced his children’s book Ten Little Butterflies in the workshop. The book was created in an unconventional way. The author wrote his stories based on the drawings of the illustrator Marion Undusk. Therefore, it could be said that these stories illustrate the pictures and not the other way around.

Children could test during the work shop how sounds, pictures, and stories are related to one another. they heard different sounds, draw pictures based on those sounds, and wrote stories to accompany the pictures.

Brussels Book Fair was held from March 5th–8th, 2020. It concentrates on French-speaking expression and brings together publishers from France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Quebec and Belgium. It also welcomes guests from all over the world.

Photograph: Dimitri Kotjuh

Exhibition of the Belarusian printmakers

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An exhibition of Belarusian printmakers opened in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre on March 10th, 2020. Among others, the works of the well-known artist Roman Sustov will be exhibited in the centre. 

The exhibition brings works of five printmakers form the younger generation of Belarusian artists to Estonia for the first time. It features prints from Roman Sustov, Fedor Shurmelev, Andrei Yaroshevich, Marina Zhvirblia, and Liudmila Novakovskaya. They mostly use etching, lithography, and linocut techniques.

The art expert of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Viive Noor, says that this is an extraordinary exhibition unlike any other in Estonia. She wishes to continue cooperating with the artists in the future to bring their work to the local audience. “It is one of those exhibition you simply must see!” Noor particularly highlights the works of two artists. According to her, Roman Sustov does not need any introduction in the art circle. “That name is well known among people that appreciate classical printmaking with high quality.” Andrei Yaroshevich may not be as well known but he is nevertheless an extremely powerful and interesting creator. “Both of them rely on the classics but are very modern in their approach and in now way stuck in the past. The intensity of their work, their vigorous expression, and imagination are fascinating,” adds Noor.

The curator of the exhibition is Liudmila Novakovskaya.

The exhibition is open until March 25th.

More information:
Viive Noor
5557 9930

Illustration Fedor Shurmelev

Exhibition “Secret Lives” in Warsaw

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Exhibition Secret Lives featuring Estonian illustrators was opened on February 5th, 2020 in Warsaw Puppet Theater (Teatr Lalka) in Poland. The exhibition will be open until the end of March. 

The exhibition features works from Estonian artists Viive Noor, Kadi Kurema, Regina Lukk-Toompere and Urmas Viik. All of these artists are renowned illustrators in Estonia and their works are known outside of their home country as well. In addition to working with illustrations, they are all involved in many other areas of art (painting, printmaking, photography etc.) They all have a clearly distinctive handwriting when they create their own secret world – very fairy-tale like and very personal. The exhibition allows a brief glimpse into these secret worlds.

The exhibition has previously been shown in Paris, Strasbourg, and Tel Aviv. The Estonian Embassy in Warsaw celebrates Estonian independence Day with the exhibition.

Organizers: Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and Estonian Embassy in Warsaw.

Illustration by Urmas Viik

Exhibition of Hungarian illustrator Jacqueline Molnár

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Hungarian illustrator Jacqueline Molnár will open a solo exhibition Fairy Tale and reality on February 5th, 2020 at 17.00 in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. The exhibition is open until March 6th. 

Jacqueline Molnár’s style is characterized by bright and lively colours and meticulous details. She uses a variety of techniques: collage, watercolour, tempera, acrylics, photography and more. The exhibition in Tallinn features Jacqueline’s works from recent years. Visitors can peek at the unique world of different techniques, colours, and stories. For example, the exhibition visitors can see a series of works depicting sea monsters. These works draw our attention to the consequences of environmental pollution and inspires to change our consumption habits.

The illustrator wishes to touch both younger and older art lovers through her exhibition and she hopes that her work will spark creativity in kids: “I try to share my work and the joy of creating with kids and adults both – this sets me free and gives me wings to fly. I hope that children will enjoy the exhibition and they will wish to paint, draw and create fairy tales themselves.”

Jacqueline Molnár was born in 1973 in Budapest. She graduated from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and studied in Gröningen, Amsterdam and Barcelona. She has illustrated more than 40 children’s books and made several animations.

The exhibition was organized by the Estonian Children’s Literature Center and The Hungarian Institute of Estonia.

Further information
Viive Noor
634 0080, 5557 9930

Kairi Look at the Latvian Book Fair

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Estonian children’s writer Kairi Look will present the Latvian translation of her book The Airport Bugs Fight On at the Latvian Book Fair in Riga on February 29th, 2020.

At 2 pm the author will perform to the adult festival audience together with the translator Guntars Godiņš, the Estonian author and translator Contra and the Finnish poet Heli Laaksonen. At 4 pm she will perform on the children’s stage of the festival.

The book was published in Latvia by the Petergailis publishing house.

Photo: Dimitri Kotjuh

Teddy bear exhibition in the children’s literature centre

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Studio 14 opened a teddy bear exhibition in the attic gallery of the children’s literature center. The exhibition is open from December 9th 2019 to January 19th 2020.

The exhibition titled The Travelling Circus of Signora Bambolina features teddy bears created in the style of toy bears popular in beginning of the 20th century.

Teddy bears are made by Natalja Alieva, Piret Mildeberg, Anna Davidenko, Sveta Aleksejeva, Airi Look, Annika Aedma, Svetlana Sorgina, Jevgeni Bulahtin, Irina Fomina, Natalja Volohhonski, Tatiana Mohrjakova, Viktoria Golubeva, Zelfija Zhedeljova, and Maris Aare.

Studio 14 is an International studio that creates puppet art, ceramics, sculpture and graphics and operates in Estonia. The manager of the studio is the curator and art scholar Tatjana Mohrjakova.