The White Raven kataloogi raamatu

Estonian Children’s Books Among the Best in the World

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The White Raven kataloogi raamatuThe International Youth Library released The White Ravens 2020 catalogue that contains information about the 200 best children’s books in the world. This year the selection includes books from three Estonian authors: Aidi Vallik, Jaanus Vaiksoo, and Piret Jaaks.

The catalogue is published by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. This year it lists books from 56 countries written in 36 languages. From Estonia the selection includes Soapy’s World by Aidi Vallik (illustrated by Lumimari, NPO Lugu-Loo 2019); Mommy’s Dragon by Piret Jaaks (illustrated by Marju Tammik, Päike ja Pilv 2019), and Shoe no 39 by Jaanus Vaiksoo (illustrated by Katrin Kaev, Ärkel). The catalogue helps publishers with trading publishing and translation rights, as well as librarians and other professionals with keeping up to date with most recent international book releases.

Mommy’s Dragon is a heartfelt story about a dragon that lives inside mommy and can be awaken by a cup of cocoa spilled on bedsheets, or a hole cut into mommy’s favourite dress. The author says that the international recognition was a real surprise for her, since it was only her second children’s book. “When I started writing it, I didn’t imagine there are so many dragons that live inside mommies and that so many kids try to understand them. Half of the recognition belongs to the illustrator Marju Tammik who made the mommy, the dragon, and the child come to life,” the author said.

According to the catalogue publishers, the secret to the success of Jaanus Vaiksoo’s Shoe no 39 lies in its multi-layered text full of inexplicable elements and in the relatable protagonist. The author said he carried the idea of the book (a man buys one pair of shoes every single day from a tiny shoe store in Nõmme) with him for a long time. He tried to write a story that is adventurous and fun, and would be nice to read for a 10 to 12-year-olds. He liked working with the characters of the book a lot and they will continue their adventures in the sequel. The recognition by The White Ravens catalogue will definitely add to his writing enthusiasm. “I would like to thank the illustrator Katrin Kaev who put her heart into the visual side of the book,” the writer added.

Soapy’s World by Aidi Vallik deals with a rough topic with elegance. The story is about a girl whose world crumbles with her parents’ divorce but she is able to rebuild it with the help of dreams. “It is the most serious book that I have ever written for kids. It is unique, personal, and dreamy. It really made me wonder how it was going to be received.” This makes the international recognition by “The White Ravens 2020” catalogue all the more important for the author. “I am very grateful for Lumimari who understood the atmosphere of the book very deeply and personally, and created extraordinary illustrations for the book.”

The International Youth Library hopes to display all the books in the catalogue in the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair in 2021.

Access The White Ravens database here: https://whiteravens.ijb.de/list 

 

Illustration exhibition “The Stroll” by Viive Noor

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The exhibition The Stroll by the illustrator Viive Noor will be open in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre until October 31st, 2020. 

Viive Noor, the curator of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and the internationally renowned illustrator, opened an exhibition in the centre featuring her most recent work. Visitors will see pictures from books published both in Estonia and abroad. Like the title of the exhibition hints, it offers a stroll between works of the last decade that represent different stages of her works. You can view earlier watercolors from Milvi Pangas’s book Where Are You, Santa’s Elf?, as well as prints inspired by fiction. The main focus of the exhibition is on pictures in mixed media that represent the latest creative style of the illustrator. This style is evident in illustrations for Tiia Toomets’s book May Lily and Anemone, for Bianca Maria Tricarico’s Tamburopoli (Drum City) published in Italy, and for Tiziana Bruno’s silent book Princess Lara. 

Ulla Saar, an illustrator and the director of foreign relations in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, said that Noor’s exhibition is as polished as a diamond: “At points it creates a rainbow across the sky, at points the textures and patterns will make your head spin, then again it seems like the crisp Nordic ice that is intersected by darker, deeper, and nocturnal tones. One cannot stop looking at the exhibition. There is something new and exciting to discover each time. It is a celebration within the artist herself.”

Noor has studied fashion design in the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR (Estonian Academy of Arts). She has said that she started studying art quite naturally even though she dreamed of becoming an explorer as a child. Her dissertation was in graphic art regarding the design and illustration of children’s books. Since university times Noor has persistently illustrated children’s books and her works has been noticed both in Estonia and abroad. She has also tirelessly promoted the art of illustration. She is the organizer of the Tallinn Illustration Triennial (TIT) Power of Pictures and the initiator, organizer and curator of several international traveling exhibitions. 

 Illustration by Viive Noor.

Exhibition “Clay” in the attic gallery of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

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Exhibition Clay by Studio 14 will be open in the attic gallery of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre until October 24th.  

The exhibition features pottery and ceramics from both Estonian and Russian ceramicist that explore the possibilities provided by the plasticity and versatility of clay as material. Visitors can enjoy original ceramic works from Olga Afonina, Maria Aprasidi, Tiina Kaljuste, Natalya Lapteva, Natalya Lepihhina, Anna Malchenko, Liza Melnik, Aleksandra Shalashova and Dmitri Turbasov.

Dimitri Turbasov describes his relationship with the material on different stages of the creative process: „All of my works represent a dialogue with the material, no matter which one. If you listen to the material the dialogue will run smoothly. When you don’t show it enough respect, it will let you know soon.”

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 Mohryakova.

Estonian illustrators successful at an international competition

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Estonian illustrators were successful at the Annual Contest for Book Illustration and Design “Image of the Book”. The jury recognised the works of Ulla Saar, Kadi Kuremaa, and Kertu Sillaste. The diplomas will be awarded during the Bologna International Book Fair 2021.

Estonian illustrator Ulla Saar was honoured in the laureates list in the category of Illustrations for the Works for Children and Youth. Kadi Kurema and Kertu Sillaste were honoured as laureates in the Original Picture Book category.

The “Image of the Book” contest was founded in 2008 by the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications of Russia and the Association of Book Illustrators and Designers of Moscow. In 2017 the competition became international. Since the beginning more than 1000 artists have been acknowledged.

The international jury comprised of publishing experts and illustrators evaluates both published and unpublished illustrations. Laureate titles and diplomas are awarded in nine categories: illustrations or fiction; illustrations for children and youth literature; illustrations for non-fiction; book design; illustrator’s book; new names; electronic book; artist’s book; and “Phenomenon” /Grand Prix. Illustrations to the competition are submitted by professional illustrators, publishers, editorial offices of specialised newspapers and magazines and artistic associations. This year, Viive Noor from the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre participated in the jury work as one of four invited jury members.

Read more from the competition web-page.

Illustration by Ulla Saar. Kairi Look, Pia Biscuit Moves In, 2015, water colour, collage 

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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
viivenoor@gmail.com
5557 9930

Illustration Fedor Shurmelev