"...Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books." (1)
The 2012 Canadian nominees for this award are author Tim Wynne-Jones and illustrator Stéphane Jorisch.
Tim Wynne-Jones' writing can range from playful to tragic, but always with richness of imagination and heartfelt voice. And, because his body of work is so extensive, I can only list those titles with which I am familiar and that's still a fair chunk:
Zoom Away (Douglas & McIntyre, 1991)
The Last Piece of Sky (Douglas & McIntyre, 1993)
Pounce de Leon (Red Deer Press, 2008)
Short Story Collections
Lord of the Fries (Douglas & McIntyre, 1999 )
The Book of Changes (Groundwood, 1994)
Rex Zero, King of Nothing (Groundwood, 2007)
Rex Zero, The Great Pretender (Groundwood, 2009)
Rex Zero and the End of the World (Groundwood, 2006)
The Uninvited (Candlewick, 2009)
The Thief in the House of Memory (Groundwood, 2004)
The Boy in the Burning House (Douglas & McIntyre, 2000)
The Maestro (Groundwood, 1996)
Stephen Fair (Douglas & McIntyre, 1999)
Blink and Caution (Candlewick, 2011)
Stéphane Jorisch's detailed illustrations are produced using water colour, gouache and pen and ink, and have earned him the Governor-General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration in 2004 and 2008.
Books in which his illustrations can be enjoyed include:
My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
Mélanie Lapierre by Bertrand Gauthier (La courte échelle, 2010)
Rosie and Buttercup by Chieri Uegaki (Kids Can Press, 2008)
Mon pyjama et moi by Lucie Papineau (Dominique et compagnie, 2008)
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (Kids Can Press, 2007)
Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki (Kids Can Press, 2003)
As for the Princess?: a folktale from Quebec by Stéphane Jorisch (Annick, 2001)
Oma's Quilt by Paulette Bourgeios (Kids Can Press, 2001)
The Hans Christian Andersen Award will be announced March 19, 2012.
(1) Retrieved from http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=273 on November 30, 2011.
(2) Image retrieved from http://www.timwynne-jones.com/ on November 30, 2011.
(3) Image retrieved from http://www.kidscanpress.com/US/CreatorDetails.aspx?cid=106 on November 30, 2011.