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Picture Books are the Art of Expression, not of Explanation: An Interview with Golden Pinwheel Jury Member Zhu Ziqiang

In June 2021, the International Institute for Children’s Literature (Osaka) revealed the winner of the 18th Brothers Grimm Award—Prof Zhu Ziqiang of the Ocean University of China College of Liberal Arts, Journalism and Communication. The prize confirms his status as a leading figure in children’s literature studies in China. Zhu Ziqiang not only pushed forward academic research on picture books and education, but he also contributed to promoting Chinese children’s literature abroad and vice versa. The Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair is deeply honoured to count on him as one of the judges in the 2021 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition. On this occasion, we interviewed Prof Zhu about the origins of his passion for picture books, his years in Japan and his understanding of visual storytelling.

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Catch a Glimpse into the Cartoon World of Ken Niimura

Whatever the specific media chose, drawing for children and young adults has got solid common grounds. To highlight the continuity of the graphic world and bring different visions into its iconic illustration contest, CCBF has, for the first time, invited a cartoon artist to take part in the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition Jury.

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Book Illustration, a Field of Creative Endeavour with Enormous Potential for ‘Ownership’—Interview with Martin Salisbury

We spoke to Martin about why he started the MA Children's Book Illustration programme, books he likes, tips for young illustrators, and more.

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"To Make a Good Picture Book, Is to Understand Children", An Interview with Golden Pinwheel Jury Member Huang Li

CCBF has invited picture book artist Huang Li to serve as one of the judges of the 2021 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition.

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Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition Astra Award

The Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition organising committee has entered into an “award-to-award” cooperation with the Astra International Picture Book Writing Contest, organised by Thinkingdom China, Astra Publishing House, minedition Switzerland and minedition France, in order to create the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition Astra Award. This joint award aims to promote international collaboration and publication among picture book illustrators and writers.

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Literary Agent Debbie Bibo: It's All about Nurturing Creatives and Fostering Relationships

Based in Milan, the Debbie Bibo Agency represents and promotes an eclectic selection of debut and award-winning authors and illustrators from around the world. Its founder Debbie Bibo gladly accepted our invitation join the 2021 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition jury. Here is a close up on her work and first -hand information about the fascinating role of a literary agent.

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