Brenda Dales, now Professor Emerita and former Assistant Teaching Professor in TCE, has been selected as the only U.S. member on the 10-member 2024 Hans Christian Andersen Award (HCA) jury. The HCA, considered the world's most prestigious international children's book award, recently announced its shortlist for 2024, featuring 6 authors and 6 illustrators from around the globe.
Dales, who recently met with the jury in Basel, Switzerland, expressed delight in the selection process and shared that the author and illustrator awards will be revealed at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy, the largest of its kind globally. Dales examined works by nominees throughout 2023, contributing to the creation of a remarkable shortlist.
The IBBY Executive Committee, comprising 83 National Sections, sponsors the HCA. The awards, recognizing lifetime achievements, will be presented at the 39th IBBY Congress in Trieste, Italy, in September 2024. Brenda Dales continues to be an active figure in the literary world, combining her role on the HCA jury with other professional activities and contributions to children's literature.
For more details, including the complete shortlist and information about the HCA, please refer to the IBBY website.