Seoul, March 6 (BNA): The Ministry of Culture said today, Monday, that four South Korean picture books will receive awards at the Bologna Ragazzi Prize, one of the most prestigious international awards for children’s books and illustrations, this year.
And South Korea’s Yonhap Agency reported that they were all selected for the “Special Mention”, the second-place award, in three categories.
“Moving Away,” written by Lee Ji-yeon and illustrated by Regis Lejonc, won the prize in the Literary Works category, while “The Blue: Bench” written and illustrated by Mia was honored in the Opera Prima category for First Works.
“Shadow Theater,” written and drawn by Kim Kyu-ah, and “House of Dracula” written by 5unday with art by Yoon Hiede, took place in the middle grade comics section for readers ages 9 to 12.
The award ceremony will take place during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023, which is scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday.
Often called the “Nobel Prize in Children’s Publishing,” the annual award given by the Book Fair since 1966 is considered one of the three largest in the field, along with the Hans Christian Andersen Awards and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize.
The BolognaRagazzi Prize is awarded to books of great artistic and creative value between entries in the Book Fair. It distributes the first prize and two to three prizes in six different categories with the comics category again divided into three sub-sections based on the age group of its target readers.
South Korean books have won awards almost every year since 2004. Last year, two Korean picture books “Summer” by Lee Suzy and “Dad’s Big Hands” by Choi Deok-kyu took the same second place in fiction and nonfiction. categories, respectively.