The Scholastic Picture Book Award 2015 Winners

Grand Prize Winner: THE FIRST JOURNEY

About the Story

 

Alone, An embarks on his first trip during the Mekong Delta flood season. Facing rain and flood he crosses the Melaleuca swamp and although it is full of crocodiles and snakes he is not afraid because he knows at the end of the road,wonderful places are waiting

for him.

Writer

 

Grand Prize Winner Phung Nguyen Quang - Entry - The First Journey (Photo)

 

Phung Nguyen Quang is 26 and a professional author and illustrator of children books, living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nguyen Quang believes that every book is a separate world which can fire children’s curiosity and imagination.

Illustrator

 

Grand Prize Winner Huynh Kim Lien - Entry - The First Journey (Photo)

 

Huynh Kim Lien, is 23 and lives in Ho Chi Minh City. A writer as well as an illustrator of children’s books, Kim Lien participated as an illustrator in the Children’s Books Publishing Programme by Room to Read in Vietnam.



1st Runner-up: PANDU, THE OGOH-OGOH MAKER

About the Story

 

Hana is feeling lonely as her friends are busy preparing for Nyepi, the Silence Day, commemorated by Balinese every Saka New Year. She is so lonely that when she sees Pandu, a boy who sometimes makes her cry, she approaches him. Pandu is making an Ogoh-Ogoh, a symbol of his bad, to be burnt on the eve of Nyepi, but Pandu’s Ogoh-Ogoh is funny, not scary as it is supposed to be. Hana helps him make changes hoping that after his Ogoh-Ogoh burns his bad, Pandu will be nice to her.

Writer

 

1st Runner-up Ary Nilandari - Entry - Pandu, the Ogoh-Ogoh Maker (Photo)

 

Ary Nilandari is from Indonesia and a member of SCBWI Indonesia. As well as writing she also works as a freelance editor and translator. A winner of several awards, she has published 45 books for children, in which she celebrates diversity and promotes Indonesian cultural heritage.

Illustrator

 

1st Runner-up Dewi Tri K. - Entry - Pandu, the Ogoh-Ogoh Maker (Photo)

 

Dewi Tri K. loves illustrating and graphic designing. Her inspiration mostly comes from children. Dewi participated in INKtober 2014, and, as well as working on several children’s books, she was also involved in the creation of www.topkids.tv, the first website in Indonesia providing special content for children.



2nd Runner-up: PURCHASED DREAM

About the Story

 

Urambai, an orphan buys a dream about having a happy family from a stranger. In the adventure that follows he has to rescue a wolf, an ibex, and an eagle, escape a devil, make a new friend, and find a house and a job before his dream of having a family comes true.

Writer

 

2nd Runner-up Ichinnorov Ganbaatar - Entry - Purchased Dream (Photo)

 

Ganbaatar Ichinnorov was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 1980. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Mongolia in 2004 and went on to graduate as a research student from Bunkyo University in Japan in 2012. He now lives in Saitama Prefecture in Japan.

Illustrator

 

2nd Runner-up Bolormaa Baasansuren - Entry - Purchased Dream (Photo)

 

Bolormaa Baasansuren was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Born in 1982. After graduating from the Institute of Fine Arts in Mongolia she studied children's book illustration in Italy and Russia. She has since gone on to win numerous international awards for her work. She now lives in Saitama Prefecture in Japan where she has illustrated several successful children’s books including two other titles with Ganbaatar Ichinnorov.