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Blog-end to the Series for the HCA 2022<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/61ccb823647b56487c19b5d63e9fec46?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/61ccb823647b56487c19b5d63e9fec46?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Blog-end to the Series for the HCA 2022

Evelyn Arizpe has written this entry to bookend or ‘blog-end’ the series on the nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2022.
Nelson Cruz: Brazilian Illustrator and HCAA Nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Nelson Cruz: Brazilian Illustrator and HCAA Nominee

Deviation, subversion, transgression, provocation. All of these terms may be used to refer to the work and trajectory of illustrator-author Nelson Cruz.
Ivar Da Coll: HCAA Nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Ivar Da Coll: HCAA Nominee

Ivar Da Coll’s exploration of childhood and his ceaseless visual experimentation have made a long-lasting contribution to Colombian children’s literature and to the development of the picturebook genre in Colombia.
Tohby Riddle: An Advocator for Multiliteracies<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Tohby Riddle: An Advocator for Multiliteracies

Tohby Riddle's work is best summed up by its paradoxes. It can be soulful and funny; simple and complex, educational and entertaining. Always beautiful.
Fatima Sharafeddine: Lebanese writer and HCAA nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Fatima Sharafeddine: Lebanese writer and HCAA nominee

Coming from a place of conflict, Fatima Sharafeddine responds to the dark side of the world with her creativity entwined with kindness and empathy, conveying her message with simple yet impactful stories
Xiong Liang: Chinese Illustrator<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Xiong Liang: Chinese Illustrator

Through themes of traditional folklore and nature as well as classical freehand ink wash painting, Xiong Liang reinterprets and deconstructs traditional Chinese themes from modern perspectives.
Slowing Down to Find Magic in Viewing: The Poetics of Kestutis Kasparavicius’ Illustrations<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Slowing Down to Find Magic in Viewing: The Poetics of Kestutis Kasparavicius’ Illustrations

Books can read us too, claims Kestutis Kasparavičius, the established Lithuanian illustrator whose creativity has been recognized worldwide.
The Immersive World of Suzy Lee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

The Immersive World of Suzy Lee

Well-crafted visual narratives are home to resonant and eloquent silences, where the suspension of the verbal allows for unfettered access into pictorial spaces, in Suzy Lee’s picture books.
‘All I can do is keep telling stories’ – The remarkable realities of Marcus Sedgwick<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

‘All I can do is keep telling stories’ – The remarkable realities of Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick challenges young readers by depicting darker realities of human existence and instigating their inquisitiveness regarding art, science, and philosophy.
Linda Wolfsgruber: A Multi-talented Illustrator<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Linda Wolfsgruber: A Multi-talented Illustrator

When Linda Wolfsgruber creates a book, she invents something truly special, unexpected, and remarkable.
The Versatility of Sylvia Weve<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

The Versatility of Sylvia Weve

Whether with a felt-tip pen, paintbrush, or digital software – or sometimes combining them – Sylvia Weve has been a consistent force in the children’s book world in the Netherlands.
Sinan Hallak’s Illustrations: A School Book’s Endless Metamorphosis<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Sinan Hallak’s Illustrations: A School Book’s Endless Metamorphosis

Sinan Hallak’s illustrations are child-empowering works that suggest alternative spheres where the child's size, strength and power is far greater than reality.