Awards

BIB

BIB(Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava) is the oldest international illustration biennial as it was launched in 1967. It is held in Bratislava, Slovakia every second year. The honours are Grand Prix, Golden Apples, Plaques, Honorary Mention Certificate to Publisher, Honorary Mention Certificate for Contribution, the Children´s Jury Award, the Award of the Mayor of the Capital City Bratislava, and others. KBBY recommends Korean picture books as the representative organization of Korea.

Recommended Books

The Skirt that Spreads to the End of the World

The Skirt that Spreads to the End of the World

 

Author Soo Jung Myung 

Illustrator Soo Jung Myung 

Publisher Gloyeon 

Publication year 2019

A girl asks to wear a skirt. She asks, “Does this skirt spread to the end of the world?” The girl turns to nature to find answers and asks her animal friends sitting on skirt-shaped trees, flowers, and so on. “Does your skirt spread to the end of the world?” Each answer depicts the dreams and lives that they think of metaphorically like a poem. Inside the various skirt-like shapes, there are also pictures of women who have happily and wonderfully lived their lives in the story. She shares her story with animal friends who she has met in nature. The girl thinks where the skirt will spread to, and draws her own beautiful skirt; spread to the end of the world.

It’s Because

It’s Because

 

Author Bonsoir Lunes

Illustrator Bonsoir Lunes

Publisher Bear Books Inc.

Publication year 2017

A child who is interested about everything in the world, a mother who nurtures the curiosity of her child… magical imagination that transforms ordinary events into fantasies! Summer shower falls in a small village by the sea. The mother has come to pick up her child from preschool. The child who is always curious starts to ask questions. “Mom, why does it rain?” The mother replies, “It’s because the birds are crying in the sky.” The endless ‘whys’ of the child, and the kind and creative replies of the mother play together to light up a full pallet of imagination, and before you know it, the ordinary walk back home becomes a fascinating journey.

The Building Where Trees Grow

The Building Where Trees Grow

 

Author Kang-mi Yoon

Illustrator Kang-mi Yoon

Publisher Changbi Publishers 

Publication year 2019

Fresh imagination of a young girl changing a grey city into a green city.
This book has earned enormous love and interests from the guests at the exhibition hosted by Hyundai Museum of Kid’s Books & Art, and also has been selected as the supporting book for publishing. The judges have assessed that this book reminds us of Gaudi, the architect, and it is very successful in building ‘fantastic and solid alternative’. Through the picture of a girl living in an apartment in the city with her imagination about ‘her own house’, we can face with fresh imagination of a young girl changing a grey city into a green city. Readers can have the opportunity to slowly reflect on the relationship between the nature and humans, and also the relationship between humans and architectures while dreaming of the world where the nature and humans live together.

That Autumn

That Autumn

 

Author Jeong-saeng Kwon, Eun-sil Yoo

Illustrator Jae-hong Kim 

Publisher Changbi Publishers

Publication year 2018

“That Autumn,” an essay by writer Jeong-saeng Kwon, a shining star in South Korean juvenile literature, has been recreated into a picture book. Children’s story writer Eun-sil Yoo, recipient of the 6th Kwon Jeong-saeng Fund for Writers, has rewritten the text for a picture book while retaining the emotive power of the original work, and painter Jae-hong Kim has created the drawings. The account of the young Kwon, living in a vestibule of a church, Jeong-saeng as he encounters Chang-seop, a child with disabilities, unfolds like a sad yet beautiful fairy tale. By mixing soil with acrylic paint, Jae-hong Kim depicts Chang-seop as an innocent boy who likes nature, not the one with sick mind. His realistic drawing powerfully captures the poverty, sadness, and pain throughout the story. The picture book That Autumn reflects the moments from the young writer’s encounter with the child one drizzly autumn day to the boy’s unexpected decease.

I’ll Give you Flowers

I’ll Give you Flowers

 

Author Gyeong-su Gang 

Illustrator Gyeong-su Gang 

Publisher Changbi Publishers 

Publication year 2018

I’ll Give You Flowers, a picture book by Gyeong-su Gang, an author who freely moves among picture books, comic books, and children’s stories, has been published. Intriguing is the tense dialogue between a ladybug caught in a spider web and a bear that wonders whether or not to rescue the insect. Tense indeed is the relationship among the characters: the spider, which must feed on its prey; the ladybug, which must live; and the bear, which does not wish to be involved in the two bugs’ situation. Depending on which of the characters’ perspectives—the spider, lady beetle, and bear—readers adopt, this volume will convey an entirely different theme. Unique are the work’s structure based on repetition-climax-reversal and cinematic visual construction.

The Chimney Ghost

The Chimney Ghost

 

Author Soyung Lee

Illustrator Soyung Lee

Publisher NCSOFT Corporation

Publication year 2018

The life of the ‘chimney ghost’ who only have lived in the chimney changes when a small egg falls into the chimney.
The chimney ghost, who has been stuck in the chimney, grows as he takes care and prepares ‘Bibi’ the baby pigeon, who hatched from the small egg, for the outside world. As the chimney ghost prepares Bibi for the outside world, the chimney ghost’s world becomes bigger as well. The author used lithograph technique to illustrate ‘chimney ghost’ in different forms and textures that are strong but subtle. This is to invite the readers into the black and white world in which the readers can feel the coexistence of two contradictory emotions; the fear of going out into the unknown world and the desire to communicate with the world. The book also fascinates readers with the humorous expressions.

I am a cat

I Am a Cat

 

Author Seok-Mee Noh

Illustrator Seok-Mee Noh

Publisher NCSOFT Corporation

Publication year 2018

In today’s world, pets aren’t just mere animals but are like family to our children. This book vividly captures various images of cats, pets that have become part of our lives. Anyone who loves cats will be captivated by the many beautiful and elegant appearance of them. The book not only introduces the fascinating lives of cats, but also makes the reader think about all pets living as companions with humans. The author and illustrator, Seok-Mee Noh, has lived with cats for about 20 years and has a special place for them in her heart. In ‘I Am a Cat’, she captures those little moments with cats through her simple and unique painting technique. The bold and memorable touch of her brush and clear and diverse colors captivate the reader’s eye. Readers can explore the many looks of cats introduced through pithy phrases.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

 

Author Jungsun, Kim

Illustrator Jungsun, Kim

Publisher Sakyejul Publishing Ltd.

Publication year 2018

There are two little girls with the same name “SoonDeuk” in a village. One girl is SoonDeuk Park, from a brewery, and another is SoonDeuk Lee, from a bicycle shop. They were always together and did everything together till something forced them to separate at the dawn of one day. The Korean War broke out
The author compares their situation to play “hide-and-seek” and shows their twisted destiny according to the lyric of “Come out, come out, wherever you are” traditional nursery rhyme.
On runaway journey, Lee sometimes slept outdoor under night dew, crossed the river and finally got to the shelter.
Readers could found Lee who hid in the shelter. After her refuge life, back to hometown, Lee’s first thing to do was looking for her dear friend Park who were supposed to hide and wait Lee. Only Park’s collapsed house was left, though.
Lee despaired. “Come out, come out, wherever you are, please.” Could they meet again? Could they end playing hide and seek? This picture book makes us feel how the peace is valuable in our life by showing the painful history.

Mole’s Wish…

Mole’s Wish…

 

Author Sangkeun Kim

Illustrator Sangkeun Kim

Publisher Sakyejul Publishing Ltd.

Publication year 2017

White snow field, a small footprint, is long. Whose footprint is it is? It’s the first snowy day, the footprint of a mole going home. The mole is very cute. And we fall in love with that cuteness and chase the mole with our eyes.
A lonely little mole befriends a snowball and a magical journey begins. < Mole’s Wish > is a picture book of the heart fluttering of young mole’s first encounter with a friend on the first snowy day. The belief of a mole who thinks he can be friends with a snowball goes beyond reality and fantasy. It’s a picture book with warmth and excitement on the first snowy day.

Lines

 

Author Suzy Lee

Illustrator Suzy Lee

Publisher BIR Publishing Co.

Publisher First edition published Chronicle Books, U.S.A. San Francisco 2017

Publication year 2017

It starts with a line. Whether made by the tip of a pencil
or the blade of a skate, the magic starts there.

And magic once again flows from the pencil and imagination of internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee. With the lightest of touches, this masterwork blurs the lines between real and imagined, reminding us why Lee’s books have been lauded around the world, recognized on New York Times Best Illustrated Books lists and nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international honor given to children’s book creators. This seemingly simple story about a young skater on a frozen pond will charm the youngest of readers while simultaneously astounding book enthusiasts of any age.

Yellow Butterflies and Me

Yellow Butterflies and Me

 

Author Jeongsun Choi(Editor)

Publisher Borim Press

Publication year 2017

A yellow butterfly flutters among the flowers and plays hide-and-seek with a child. The butterfly flits from one flower to another and hides behind the petals, behind the leaves, and inside the pot. The butterfly and flowers are depicted in a traditional Korean art style that captures elegant beauty with a depth of color. Examine the flowers and enjoy the fragrance of each and every one.

THE VOYAGE OF THE SQUARE

The Voyage of The Square

 

Author Young-Kyoung, Cha

Illustrator Young-Kyoung, Cha

Publisher Bandal

Publication year 2016

This is a picture book that tells us that even if the pieces are little, they can do anything if they gather strength. The story is expressed by the composition of little pieces of paper. There’s a small square. Only a small paper square, so thin that it feels like it’s going to tear apart. One day, the square says it’ll walk.

Hotel Paradise

Hotel Paradise

 

Author So Yun Kyoung

Illustrator So Yun Kyoung

Publisher Munhakdongne Publishing Group

Publication year 2018

The story starts with a normal family on vacation. The crowded airport is filled with a funny sense of energy and tension. Being able to travel is a lucky break. A safe deviation from the ordinary life will cost a lot of money. Travelers can find themselves in an adventure where a little dangerous activity or daring challenge is excused. This picture book shows us images of sceneries we have seen but forgotten. It shows the lives of people who must live on stuck in the swirls of capitalism and desire. So Yun-kyung is an author who takes a rational look at different aspects of the world. She was invited to Gwangju Biennale, an international modern arts exhibition in 2018.

Little lady and fox

Little lady and fox

 

Author Park, Young-shin

Illustrator Park, Young-shin

Publisher Bori Publishing Co,. Ltd.

Publication year 2019

The illustrations in this fairy tale are made of tangram puzzles.
At the beginning of the story, a little lady goes to the city for her injured brother to buy some medicine. But it’s getting dark, and drugstores in the city have closed already. Suddenly a fox appears and makes a bet with the lady. He told her he would give the medicine if she wins his game. The little lady and the fox play the tangram puzzles. Eventually, for the third match, the fox failed and the little lady won as she was good at observing. Her brother is cured by the medicine which the fox gave. By the sound of it, he already romps around with his other siblings!

In my heart

In my heart

 

Author Jae-hyuk Cha 

Illustrator Eun-Young Choi 

Publisher Noran sang sang 

Publication year 2018

On a heavy snowy day, a man was worried.
Watching the falling snow out of the window, he looked up the clock nervously and picked up his cell phone.
“”Don’t waste your time… Mind your own business!””
But these friends’ advices did not prevent him thinking about it. Finally he put on his coat and backpack, and went out of the house.
Where is he going?
This picture book describes the wish of a man who held a candle in Gwanghwamun Square (Seoul, South Korea), on November 2016. (This event is called the Candlelight Revolution.)
And also this story tells how big value it has when people gather together.

Recommended Books

하이드와 나

Hyde and Seek

 

Author Kim Ji-min

Illustrator Kim Ji-min

Publisher Hansol Soobook Publishing

Publication year 2017

This book takes the viewer on a journey through the inner landscape, presenting an invitation to a space full of curiosities to discover unknown aspects of the self. The pages feature a unique composition of split sections that conveys a sense of three-dimensionality through which the audiences can explore their changing selves. The illustrations are rendered with etching prints, which provide a greater sense of depth from the wide spectrum of gray shades.

Recommended Books

플라스틱 섬

Plastic Island

 

Author Lee Myung-ae

Illustrator Lee Myung-ae

Publisher Sang

Publication year 2014

‘Plastic Island’ is a picture book for children who are concern about environment issues with adults.  Plastic is the one of the important material  for human’s life but it has been harmful effect on ocean’s food chain. The massive stocked plastics in the ocean might serious affect to human’s life reversely. This book is telling about the plastic problems from a view of migratory bird paradoxically. The bird may be died by the plastic without the knowing reason. This environment issue a  heavy subject for children but adults have to share the issue because people have to leave the clean environment for next generation.

Recommended Books

Mr. Tutti and 100 water drops

Mr. Tutti and 100 water drops

 

Author In-Kyung Noh

Illustrator In-Kyung Noh

Publisher Munhakdongne Publishing Group

Publication year 2012

Recommended Books

달려 토토

Run Toto!

 

Author Cho Eunyoung

Illustrator Cho Eunyoung

Publisher Borim Press

There is a girl who loves her horse toy ‘Toto’ very much. One day the girl and her grandfather went to the racetracks. She was very excited to see the real horses. There were so many people in the racetracks, but all the people were very busy to write down and think about something. Then the real horses appeared. The real horses were very cool but not lovely as Toto. Grandfather said someone who guess the horses coming in first then get the money. But the girl couldn’t understand. She was just like the horse number 9, because it looks like Toto. This picture book is not only shows children’s pure curiosity, but also realistic and down-to-earth picture book.

Publication year 2011

어느 날

A Day

 

Author Jooyun Yoo

Illustrator Jooyun Yoo

Publisher Borim Press

Publication year 2011

A little bird wanted to want to break out of my daily routine, so decided to going to the travel to the new world. Left the forest for the first time, and looked forward to meeting new friends, but city’s nonliving things never answer. A bird got afraid to the cold city days, but kept going through the city. Finally it finished the travelling and came back to the hometown. But it’s just another start. The little bird will keep going to find adventure to the new world again. This is the traditional ink-and-wash painting with modernity picture book. It is distinguishable and noticeable through the colourful picture books.