Icelandic authors Andri Snær Magnason and Lani Yamamoto nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize 2014

The Adjudication Committee for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize has now announced the nominations for the prize in 2014. The Icelandic works nominated are Stína by Lani Yamamoto and Timebox by Andri Snær Magnason.


The Adjudication Committee presented the 13 nominated works for the newly established Children and Young People's Literature Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair today. The prize, which the Nordic Council in partnership with the Nordic ministers of culture, decided to establish last year, is the fifth in the series of prestigious Nordic Council prizes.  

The Icelandic works nominated are Stína by Lani Yamamoto and Timebox by Andri Snær Magnason.

What the Icelandic committee says about the Icelandic books nominated:

Stína by Lani Yamamoto:

"The book takes its title from the main character, a girl who is always freezing and is so frightened of the cold that she spends all her time, energy and imagination keeping the cold out and avoiding having to go out into the cold." 

"The book's text is straightforward and simple, but the pictures are packed with details - something new always catches your attention, new dimensions to be examined at every reading - and in this way the pictures add something new to the story all the time. Stina's work sketches are particularly fun, showing the different tools and instruments she has thought of making to keep herself warm and prevent the cold getting in." You can read more about the book here.

Timebox by Andri Snær Magnason:

"Tímakistan [Timebox] is about a familiar but at the same time strange future, where mankind is waiting for better times in black boxes, where time stands still as long as people stay inside them. But in the meantime, the state of the world becomes radically worse, until some children take off and are told a fairy story by an old woman about a king who wanted to conquer time and acquired the first time casket to protect his daughter from time.  Everything goes completely wrong for this king, just as when the people in the story's present time decide to hide in a black box and wait for others to save the world."  You can read more about the book here.

Lani Yamamoto
Photo: Ari Magg


Stína by Lani Yamamoto

 Andri Snær Magnason

Timebox by Andri Snær Magnason

The following works are nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize 2014:


Louis Jensen and Lilian Brøgger (ill.)
Halli! Hallo! Så er der nye firkantede historier (Halli! Hallo! So there are new square stories)
Gyldendal, 2012

Hanne Kvist
To af alting (Two of everything)
Gyldendal, 2013


Annika Sandelin and Karoliina Pertamo (ill.)
Råttan Bettan och masken Baudelaire. 
Babypoesi och vilda ramsor (Bettan the rat and Baudelaire the worm. Baby poetry and wild nursery rhymes)
Schildts & Söderströms, 2013

Ville Tietäväinen and Aino Tietäväinen
Vain pahaa unta (Just a bad dream)
WSOY, 2013


Andri Snær Magnason
Tímakistan (The Casket of Time)
Mál og menning, 2013

Lani Yamamoto
Stína stórasæng (Stina with the big duvet)
Crymogea, 2013


Gro Dahle and Kaia Linnea Dahle Nyhus (ill.)
Krigen (The War)
Cappelen Damm, 2013

Håkon Øvreås and Øyvind Torseter (ill.)
Brune (Brown)
Gyldendal, 2013


Eva Lindström
Olli och Mo (Olli and Mo)
Alfabeta Bokförlag, 2012

Sofia Nordin
En sekund i taget (One Second at a Time)
Rabén & Sjögren, 2013


Kathrine Rosing and Nina Spore Kreutzmann (ill.)
Nasaq teqqialik piginnaanilik (The Magic Cap)
Milik Publishing, 2012

The Faroe Islands

Bárður Oskarsson
Flata kaninin (The Flat Rabbit)
Bókadeildin, 2011

The Sami Language Area

Máret Ánne Sara
Ilmmiid Gaskkas (Between worlds)
DAT, 2013

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