Farhad Hassanzadeh, Announced in the Shortlist for the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Awards

Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world’s most prestigious award for the creators of children’s and youth literature, sometimes referred to as “Little Nobel Prize”, announced the shortlist for the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, where Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran has been selected for the shortlist along with the authors: María Cristina Ramos from Argentina, Bart Moeyaert from Belgium, Marie-Aude Murail from France, Peter Svetina from Slovenia, and Jacqueline Woodson from the USA, and the illustrators: Isabelle Arsenault from Canada, Seizo Tashima from Japan, Sylvia Weve from the Netherlands, Iwona Chmielewska from Poland, Elena Odriozola from Spain, and Albertine from Switzerland.

The jury -comprising of 10 experts- has selected the shortlist out of 34 authors and 36 illustrators as primary nominations.

The winners will be announced at the IBBY Press Conference on Monday, 30 March 2020 at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair.

Download the  2020 Shortlist Announcement and view the HCAA 2020 Shortlist Film.  Profiles of the HCAA Shortlist authors and illustrators can be found below and as selected pages from the Hans Christian Andersen Award edition of Bookbird  here.

  Kooti Kooti Tales of Farhad Hassanzadeh Published in Turkish by Mevsimler Publications

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  Kooti Kooti Tales of Farhad Hassanzadeh Published in Turkish by Mevsimler Publications Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) reported that three books of the series including Kooti…

The copyright of the book by Farhad Hasanzadeh was assigned to Kian publisher from Syria

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Tamas Literary Agency assigned the copyright of “Dinner Got Cold, Koti Koti” to Kian Publisher from Syria. According to Kanoon Public Relations and International Affairs Office, Tamas Literary Agency assigned…

Careless Mouse

Careless Mouse”, Farhad Hassanzadeh New Book Published”

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Kanoon published “Careless Mouse” a book written by Farhad Hassanzadeh. According to Kanoon General Directorate for Public Relations and International Affairs, “Careless Mouse” is the story of the journey of…

Hans Christian Andersen Award nomination stirs writer Hassanzadeh’s patriotic passion

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TEHRAN – Eminent Iranian children’s writer Farhad Hassanzadeh has said that his earning the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award nomination has made him happy as it made the headlines with the name of Iran.

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Farhad Hassanzadeh, Nominated For 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The Children Book Council in Iran represented the author, Farhad Hassanzadeh, the illustrator, Farshid Shafiei, the organization, Read with Me and the promoter of reading, the Institute for Research on the History of Children Literature as the candidates for 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).

The award has been founded since 2002 in the name of Astrid Lindgren who is one the most important authors from Sweden, to promote interest in children and young adult literature around the world. It is the largest international children and young adult literature award in the world and the second literary award after Hans Christian Anderson Award. The award is presented to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters and it may be presented to a single laureate or to several, regardless of language or nationality. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented to people and organizations working in Astrid Lindgren’s tradition safeguarding democratic values. Farhad Hassanzadeh is also the candidate for 2020 Hand Christian Anderson Award.

Farhad Hassanzadeh Was Nominated Once More for 2020 Hans Christian Anderson Award

The Children Book Council of Iran represented Farhad Hassanzadeh for 2020 Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was nominated once in 2018 and was introduced among the five best authors all over the world. The following criteria are contributed to representing Farhad Hassanzadeh:

  • His significant role in development of children and young adults literature in Iran
  • His consistent efforts over the last thirty years
  • His activities within various fields of literature such as novels, stories, adaptations, poems, biographies and journalism
  • His proficiency to reach different audiences from children to adults
  • Writing an approximate number of 100 books for different age groups
  • The translations of his books into so many languages such as English, Mandarin, Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Kurdish, Malay, etc.
  • Adapted figures and toys based on the characters in his stories, such as Kooti Kooti
  • His engagement in social activities as a member of the Association for Children and Young Adults Writers in Iran
  • His activities as a promoter of reading within public libraries and schools
  • His visits paid to the places such as Juvenile Detention Center and many institutes concerned with child labor and orphans
  • Awarded both nationally and internationally more than forty times, including a letter of appreciation by 2018 Hans Christian Anderson and nomination of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for four times
  • Received the First Class Certificate of Art from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
  • Films, plays and performances adaptations based on his works
  • More than fifty academic works dedicated to the study of his works, including master and doctoral thesis, and journal articles
  • More than eighty reviews dedicated to his books
  • Holding so many celebrations all over Iran to honor him and his works