The Hans Christian Andersen Prize, named after the Danish writer, was created in 1956 by the International Council on Literature for Young People (IBBY), and, not being monetary, is considered the most prestigious in children’s literature, recognizing the whole work literary work by an author and an illustrator.
Jacqueline Woodson, 57, is the author of poetry, fiction for adults, works for young people, and illustrated books for children, having already received some of the most important literary awards for children and young people.
Among the prizes that Jacqueline Woodson has won include the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Newbery Honor Medal and Caldecott Medal.
Albertine Zullo, 53, who signs only as Albertine, has been working in illustration since the 1990s and has published mainly in partnership with the writer Germano Zullo.
Despite being created in 1956, the Hans Christian Andersen prize also began to be awarded in the field of illustration a decade later, in 1966, and since then it has always recognized two people in each edition.