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IBBY Honour List

The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The IBBY Honour List is one of the most widespread and effective ways of furthering IBBY's objective of encouraging international understanding through children's literature. KBBY has recommended Korean writers. illustrators and translators since 2006

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Hundred_What You Learn in a Lifetime

Hundred : What You Learn in a Lifetime

(original title: Hundert: Was du im Leben lernen wirst)

 

Author Heike Faller

Illustrator Valerio Vidali

Translator KIM Inae, Sujung

Publisher Sakyejul Publishing Ltd.

Publication year 2019

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This book is made for both children and adults. By reading it together, they can talk about each other’s story of life. whenever we turn over the pages of a book, the time of a year passes. It captures the 100 scenes of which come from 0 to 100 years old lives. It’s all about what you learn in life: The first somersault, the first love, the first time you drink coffee and the realization of how huge the world is. Even after middle age, one realizes that one still does not feel grown up. And in old age you not only learn how precious time is, but also to unlearn things. And there is a fear of death. This is a natural process of life. Heike Faller does not teach us any ways of life and has talked with young and old people and put their experiences into short sentences that read coherently like a beautiful and touching poem about life.

The Cat living in Flower Island

The Cat living in Flower Island

 

Author Kim, Joong-Mi

Illustrator Lee, Yoon-Yeob

Publisher Changbi Publishers, Inc. 

Publication year 2018

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The socially weak person and the street animal holding hands together at the low place! There are four fairy tales contained in ‘The Cat Living in Flower Island’ – ‘The Cat Living in Flower Island’, ‘Thank You for Being with Me’, ‘Hello, White Bear’, ‘Jang-Goon is Coming’. The main characters of these stories are all cats and dogs with strong surviving power. These characters do not just stay in the passive role to represent the human opinions, instead, they make their own voices to represent their hopes. The animals in the stories are living with people who are lonely and sad.

River

River, the black dog

 

Author Suzy Lee

Illustrator Suzy Lee

Publisher BIR Publishing Co., Ltd. 

Publication year 2018

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The socially weak person and the street animal holding hands together at the low place! There are four fairy tales contained in ‘The Cat Living in Flower Island’ – ‘The Cat Living in Flower Island’, ‘Thank You for Being with Me’, ‘Hello, White Bear’, ‘Jang-Goon is Coming’. The main characters of these stories are all cats and dogs with strong surviving power. These characters do not just stay in the passive role to represent the human opinions, instead, they make their own voices to represent their hopes. The animals in the stories are living with people who are lonely and sad.

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Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales and Stories

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales and Stories

(original title: The Complete Andersen)

 

Author Hans Christian Andersen 

Translator Hatsal-kwa-Namukun

Publisher SigongJunior

Publication year 2016

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This book is the final volume in the Complete Collection of Andersen’s Fairy Tales. The complete set consists of seven books, with one volume being published each year since the publication of the first volume in 2010. The group completed the translation of all the earlier volumes as of 2016, and all the books were translated in remarkable perfection. Anderson leaves us with 200 fairy tales, of which 157 have been translated in this collection. It is expected that the Korean version will be essentially unchanged from the author’s original intent. Translations of children’s books such as Anderson’s require the translator to carefully work on interpreting the author’s original style of writing. Kang Moo-hong, who has led this translation group for a long time, has left comments on each one of the 157 fairy tales. These comments include hidden anecdotes, significant meanings, and clearly understood sources. This collection is a beautifully translated masterpiece that has not been altered in meaning from the originals, thus leaving the books’ original literary value intact.

There May I go?

There, May I go?

 

Author Lee Geum-yi

Illustrator Go Jin-young 

Publisher Sakyejul Publishing Ltd. 

Publication year 2018

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The novel starts from early 1900s when Japan forcibly colonized Korea. It is a coming-of-age story of two same-age girls, Soo-nam and Chae-ryung. Although they come from completely different class backgrounds, both experience extreme turmoil all through their lives. Soo-nam is a poor girl who doesn’t have any relatives to depend on. Each time she stands on the crossroads of life, she boldly chooses the dangerous and demanding way, believing she could go farther and further. Chae-ryung once was an intelligent and brave girl, but helplessly breaks down in front of the national tragedy and unfair reality. The story follows the lives of these girls not just in Korea but also in Japan(Kyoto), China(Manchuria and Shanghai), and the U.S.(San Francisco), where the author denounces dual discrimination and violence against women under imperialism and actively restores the unheard voices of women who have been neglected throughout history. When destiny tricks Soo-nam and Chae-ryung and switches their lives, the two girls confront similar obstacles, overcome the agony and trauma, and grow up.

Magic Candies

Magic Candies

 

Author Baek Hee-na

Illustrator Baek Hee-na

Publisher Bear Books Co. 

Publication year 2017

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Dong-Dong is a shy and timid boy. He is always hesitant to say “Will you play with me?” to a new friend first, even though he eagerly wants to. Sometimes he pretends as if he is okay with playing alone. One day, Dong-Dong happens to get a bag of magical candies. Each time he puts a candy into his mouth he hears the deepest thoughts and feelings of other people, animals, and things. Now he could listen to the whining of his dog Goo-Seul-Yi, who’s been his only friend for a long time. After listening to dad’s thoughts, Dong-Dong learns that although dad always pushes Dong-Dong to do this and do that, in fact he truly loves Dong-Dong with all his heart. The candy also delivered a voice message from his late beloved grandma – she was still supportive and caring. The experience of listening to diverse thoughts by tasting candies of diverse colors let Dong-Dong begin to understand and empathize with other people. And finally, Dong-Dong becomes confident enough to approach to a friend first.

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Please, Love Letter

Please, Love Letter

(original title: ラブレタ一物語)

 

Author Shuzo OKA 

Translator Ko Hyang-ok

Publisher WoongjinThinkBig 

Publication year 2015

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Please, Love Letter consists of six episodes about the loves of boys and girls. In this book, a love that can be found anywhere or that might belong to everyone’s memory, such as a first love which can’t be told, a secret crush on a popular girl in school, a love realized by an emotion of jealousy, a love that starts as a joke, a love that ruins a friendship and a missing love that can’t be come around again are shown.
Even though it is about the common theme of love, it does not mean these episodes are not exceptional. The overflowing joy, overwhelming moment, miserable tears and regrets are truly special. The author, Oka Shuzo says that “the moment of falling in love” is the most wonderful thing in the world, and shows the strong power of a common material, which is love.

Call Me Lovely

Call Me Lovely

 

Author Lee Sang-kyo

Illustrator Heo Goo 

Publisher Munhakdongne Publishing Group 

Publication year 2014

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Call Me Lovely is a new children’s poetry collection by Lee Sang-kyo, who has been active in various genres of children’s literature, such as children’s story books, poem collections and picture books. Regardless of the genre, her works have shown her affection for the neglected beings that generally hide themselves from the world. Her attention is focused on them in this poem collection, too. It seems they come before others in her eyes and heart without fail throughout her over 40 year career as a writer. This book is full of hidden aspects of the world, which she found by bowing down from her tall height and hanging with the small and puny beings. She makes a link between the neglected beings and this world again with her microscopic eye contact.
Her poetic objects such as a rice weevil, an alley cat and cicada sound of summer are not difficult to encounter in our lives. After paying keen attention to them, she creates unique and mysterious images, adding her imagination to them freely. That is why her poems come to children like pieces of a fairy tale, which has the magical power to be remembered for a long time in every child’s mind.

The Seven Years' Sleep

The Seven Years’ Sleep

 

Author Park Wan-suh

Illustrator Kim Se-hyun

Publisher A_Jakkajungsin Publishing Co.  

Publication year 2015

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The Seven Years’ Sleep is a picture book about a Cicada nymph that spent seven years underground preparing its wings and voice and the starving ants who find it. After fighting over what to do with the large Cicada nymph, the small ants finally decide to help the Cicada nymph at the expense of giving up this life-saving food. To portray a story that occurs deep underground, the illustrator avoids formulaic images and instead creates an original and vibrant world. You can actively feel the ant’s dynamic movements portrayed through the mix of restrained drawn lines and sides. The Cicada nymph’s volume and unique rough texture come alive by using natural mineral paint to colour it. Also, by using Andong clay to illustrate all of the living environments, the illustrations vividly recreate nature. The illustrations, which vividly and ingeniously embody sentiments for nature, and the story’s direction, allow readers to reflect on the value of life.

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The Pigman

The Pigman

 

Author Paul Zindel 

Translator Jeong, Hoi-Seong

Publisher BIR Publishing Co.  

Publication year 2010

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High school sophomores John and Lorraine are looking for a way out of the numbness of being lonely. They have become friends because of their shared absurd sense of humor and boredom with school.
For them the world is meaningless and nothing is important.
They play prank calls just to pass the time and it’s during one of those pranks they meet the Pigman.
Pigman is a fat old widower with zany smile plastered on his face.
In spite of themselves, John and Lorraine soon find that they’re caught up in Pigman’s zest for life and begin to create a laughter and love.
Through little time spending with the Pigman, two young wanderers come to realize that ‘our life would be what we made of it, nothing more, and nothing less.’

Elegant Lies

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Author Elegant Lies

Publisher Changbi Publishers, Inc.

Publication year 2009

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One day, an ordinary middle school girl Cheon-Ji took her own life. Her sister Man-Ji could not accept her death, with a thought that she had no reason to elect suicide. Man-Ji tried hard to figure out what drove her to death. After a persistent effort, she revealed the truth that Cheon-Ji had been bullied by her closest friend for long, and Cheon-Ji secretly left five bunches of yarn to her nearest and dearest, just after she decided to commit suicide. What secret is behind all of these?
This work has been greatly beloved by readers as well as critics, thanks to powerful language, vivid description, a speedy style and a gripping narrative.

Grandma, Where Are You Going_I’m Going to Pick Cherries

Grandma, Where Are You Going?
I’m Going to Pick Cherries!

 

Author Cho, Hae-Ran

Illustrator Cho, Hae-Ran

Publisher Bori Publishing Co.   

Publication year 2009

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This is a summer story of seven-year old girl Ogi, her grandmother, their family and villagers. Ogi and her grandma pick some sweet mulberries and sour cherries to eat and to brew the sweetest drink. They make side dishes with pigweeds growing in the bean field and seaweeds on the mud flat. Also, they board on the cultivator with their villagers and go to the beach to swim.
Cho Hae-Ran, illustrator of this picturebook, successfully brought realism to the faces and expressions of the characters by visiting every nook and corner of the village for a long time to observe, take notes, write and draw them endlessly and tirelessly. The pages are filled with her colorful, detailed and humorous paintings and it makes this picturebook vibrant. Many children are very pleased with it. The artist’s forceful brushing based on fine rendition of details depicts everyone and everything vividly.