Nominated authors are:
- Ted van Lieshout (Netherlands)
- Houshang Moradi Kermani (Iran)
- Mirjam Pressler (Germany)
- Nahoko Uehashi (Japan)
- Renate Welsh (Austria)
- Jacqueline Woodson (USA)
Uehashi has an sf connection, described in the announcement as a writer who bases her literary subjects on ancient Japanese mythology and science-fiction/fantasy.
The nominated artists are:
- Rotraut Susanne Berner (Germany)
- John Burningham (UK)
- Eva Lindström (Sweden)
- Roger Mello (Brazil)
- François Place (France)
- Øyvind Torseter (Norway)
The six authors and six illustrators were selected from 58 candidates submitted by 33 national sections of IBBY.
In alternate years the International Board on Books for Young People presents its Hans Christian Andersen Awards to “a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.”
The winners will be announced March 24 at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.