"Kiki's Delivery Service" Author Kadono Eiko Wins Hans Christian Andersen Award


Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)—Kadono Eiko, a Japanese author of children's literature, has won the author's award of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards, it has been learned.

An official of the Switzerland-based International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) on Monday informed Kadono, 83, of her winning the award.

Kadono Eiko pictured in April 2014, when it was decided that she would receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. (© Jiji)

Kadono, known for Majo no takkyūbin (trans. Kiki's Delivery Service), which is a story of young witch Kiki, is the third Japanese to win the author's award, after Mado Michio and Uehashi Nahoko, who received it in 1994 and 2014, respectively.

The Hans Christian Andersen Awards, named after famed nineteenth-century Danish children's literature author Hans Christian Andersen, are presented to an author and an illustrator whose "complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature," according to the IBBY.

The author's award of the Hans Christian Andersen Awards is often called the Nobel Prize for children's literature.

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