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Farhad Hasanzaeh

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We are thrilled to announce that the author of Will & Nill has been shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world’s most prestigious international children’s book award.

Farhad Hasanzadeh has been shortlisted for the award based on his literary quality, freshness, innovation, and relevance to children.  But the most exciting thing is that the award recognises the author’s ability to see from the child’s perspective, and to stretch their curiosity. At Tiny Owl we believe in seeing the world through a child’s eyes. Children lack limitations of imagination and are more open to love and tolerance.  Seeing the world as they do could break down bridges and help love to grow.

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Patrcia Aldana, the Jury President, said ‘the jury feels that children everywhere can similarly learn to know, understand, and care for each other by encountering the work of these creators’. We would definitely agree. Farhad’s book Ziba Sedayam has also been included in the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Jury recommends, a list of fifteen ‘outstanding books…that they felt were important enough to merit translation everywhere so that children around the world could read them’.

The two winners will be announced at the IBBY Press Conference on the 26th of March 2018, at the Bologna International Children’s Book fair. We’ll keep you updated. Well done Farhad Hasanzadeh and good luck!

 

  • Will & Nill portrays simple truths whilst probing the deeper questions. A review by UKSLA
  • blog: Will and Nill remind me of my favourite cats

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