Marie-Aude Murail receives the prestigious HC Andersen Prize 2022

In a press release, the jury explains its choice of Marie-Aude Murail as the 2022 winner. In 30 years, Marie-Aude Murail has written almost a hundred books for children and young people. Her record shows that in many ways she embodies IBBY’s values: committed to children’s cause and reading, a serious observer of the world, and with humor and benevolent optimism, she opens many windows to the great questions of modern society. »

To illustrator Suzy Lee: “Quoted in her archive, Lee says picture books are “a joyful form of play, presented in the finest style, telling the most serious stories”and describes himself as“someone playing with readers around a small bowl of stories that come to life through images.”

The criteria used to evaluate the contributions included the aesthetic and literary quality as well as the freshness and innovation of each candidate’s work. The ability to see the child’s point of view and stretch their curiosity as well as the works’ continued relevance to children and young people were also considered. The award is based on the combined work of authors and illustrators.

62 nominees from 33 countries have been nominated for the IBBY HC Andersen Award 2022. The jury reviewed all of these incredibly highly qualified candidate nominations, carefully and thoroughly evaluating each of them while continuing discussions regarding the criteria. The shortlist of six authors and six illustrators was published in February this year.

The IBBY HC Andersen Prize is the highest international honor given to authors and illustrators of children’s books. The HC Andersen Awards, awarded every two years by IBBY, recognize the joy of life and are awarded to an author and illustrator whose collected works have made a significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Two successful years 2021 and 2022 for children’s literature and French writers. Last year, the author Claude Mourlevat had been awarded the Astrid Lindgren Prize – equivalent to a Nobel for literary works for young people.

You can find an interview with Marie-Aude-Murail, conducted in late 2021 during the Lire en Poche Festival (Gradignan), in the company of Christian Heinrich. Their first set together, with laughter and a lot of tenderness.

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Fritidsskolen, editor of Marie-Aude Murail, conveys the author’s reaction.

When you so wanted something and you finally get it, it’s almost unrealistic! Since hearing the news that I was the winner of the HC Andersen Prize in 2022, I have been on a small cloud, which allows me to chat with René Guillot (1900 – 1969), the last and only French author to date , who has received this award. That was in 1964.

René Guillot was born in the village of Courcoury in Charente, this village where my husband and then our three children spent their summers. When I, as a still very young writer, learned what had been the fate of this Guillot, who has his street in Courcoury, I thought: “And also me, after Astrid Lindgren, Tove Jansson and … René Guillot, I want Andersen -the price! “. I then wrote a novel “Les secrets verites”, published at the Ecole des Loisirs in 1990, which I dedicated to “all children who played and who want to play in Courcoury”, including little René. The circle is complete, as I like to do in my stories.

I know my readers, my readers rejoice with me. This award is also to those and those to whom I owe it.

Marie-Aude Murail, author of about fifty books published at the leisure school, was born in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) in 1954. Paris, then Bordelaise, now lives in Bonny-sur-Loire with her husband. His three children have grown up, as have his approximately 90 books that have crossed borders, translated into 22 languages. Doctor of Letters at the Sorbonne at the age of 25, she received the Legion of Honor at the age of 50 for services rendered to literature and education.

image credits: Marie-Aude-Murail – ActuaLitté, CC BY SA 2.0

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