Posted on March 30, 2011 by Rhondda
More exciting news for the Australian book world and especially Shaun Tan. He has been announced as the winner of this year’s ALMA.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion may be rewarded. The award is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature, and in children’s rights, globally.
The award, which is the world’s largest children’s literature award, was awarded for the 11th time this year. You can read more about it on their website. Their explanation about why Shaun Tan won the award is here. I love their introduction
A masterly visual storyteller
Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age
You can watch the broadcast (in English) of the announcement as well as the presentation to Shaun Tan at (in Swedish with English subtitles). There is also an article in the UK newspaper, The Guardian
Shaun Tan is the second Australian ALMA winner, the first being Sonya Hartnett in 2008.
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Posted on February 28, 2011 by Rhondda
How wonderful that Shaun Tan has won the Oscar for The Lost Thing (Category: Best Short Animated Film). The award was shared with his British co-director Andrew Ruhemann.
There is an article about the award in today’s Sydney Morning Herald and a video available of the acceptance speech. I liked the part in the speech where Shaun commented on “the irony of being noticed for a film about not being noticed.”
This is one homepage that will need an update – from Oscar nominee to winner
ABC News also has a piece with other links to earlier interviews on Artworks (Radio National) and ABC’s Articulate sites.
The School Library Journal also published an interesting interview with Shaun about his film last week.
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Posted on August 21, 2009 by Rhondda
The CBCA 2009 book awards have been announced. I am so pleased about the winner. Anyone who has been reading this blog know my appreciation for the work of Shaun Tan and I loved this one. It had some wonderful short stories written and illustrated by Shaun. My favourite would have to be Alert but not alarmedand the story is about the storage of ballistic missiles in suburbia. Anthony Eaton’s book has made it to the Inky long list and it is great to see that there is an appreciation of the novel by younger readers as well as adults regarding it highly.
I have also enjoyed a number of the other winners and honour books and so it will be interesting to talk with colleagues to hear about their ideas on the final list.
Older Readers Book of the Year 2009
Younger Readers Book of the Year 2009
- Winner: Millard, Glenda, Illus: King, Stephen Michael, Perry Angel’s Suitcase
- Honour: Bateson, Catherine The Wish Pony
- Honour: Gleitzman, Morris Then (This sequel to Once is a great, if a very sad story. It has been widely read and enjoyed by many of our students and worthy of the honour title)
Eve Pownall Book of the Year 2009
- Winner: Hall, Lincoln, Alive in the Death Zone This story about climbing the world’s highest mountain, being left for dead near the summit and then the subsequent return to life and safety, is a story that is incredible and makes for the most exciting adventure.
- Honour: Duborsarky, Ursula Illus: Tohby Riddle , The Word Spy (This has been an interesting book on a number of levels (junior and senior students have been interested n the information within and Tohby Riddle’s illustrations are great. There is also a Word Spy blog you can visit.
- Honour: Greenwood, Mark, Illus: Lessac, Frané , Simpson and his Donkey This story is one that most Australians learn about as children. It is a very poignant account of the famous ANZAC story about Simpson and his donkey told in picture book format and does justice to its subject matter.
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