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Hans Christian Andersen Awards

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are presented to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature. KBBY has recommended Korean writers and illustrators since 2012.

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Final List


Suzy LEE

Suzy Lee was born in Seoul, Korea in 1974. As a child, she enjoyed drawing all the time, and she happened to meet an eccentric local artist who ran a little art studio. She recalls that he was the first person who showed the world of art and taught her how to truly appreciate it. Those fond memories later became one of her picture book My Bright Atelier (BIR, 2008). Majority of her books are in a form of wordless picture book, and they are universally appealed to the readers worldwide. Her books are acclaimed at home and abroad for the ability to catch the very moment of playful children. In 2015, she had a solo exhibition in Korea and her title “Play, Play and Play Again” shows how much she appreciate the endless energy of children.