Nissan Announces Winners Of 27th Nissan Children’s Storybook And Picture Book Grand Prix
- “19th Nissan Joyful Storybook and Picture Book Exhibition” to be held in conjunction at the National Children’s Castle -
YOKOHAMA - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced 35 winning stories including the Grand Prix award for the “27th Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix” organized by the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka, as part of Nissan’s corporate citizenship activities. In conjunction with this Grand Prix, the “19th Nissan Joyful Storybook and Picture Book Exhibition,” will be held from Friday, March 25th through Tuesday, April 5th at the Atrium Gallery of the National Children’s Castle (Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo).
The 27th Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix attracted 2,941 entries from amateur authors and illustrators between July and October 2010, comprising 2,408 children’s storybooks and 533 picture books. Although there was no Grand Prize awarded this year in the Storybook Category, the top award in the category, the First Place Special Prize, was given to “Aya to Yuki” by Ms. Fusako Inagaki of Kanagawa Prefecture. The Picture Book category’s Grand Prize was awarded to “Umi no Soko no Tenshi” by Mr. Keiji Matsumiya of Osaka Prefecture.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Osaka Prefectural Central Library in Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture on Sunday, March 6. Winners of the Grand Prize and Special Prizes will receive prizes in cash and commemorative goods, while the winners of the Excellent Prizes will be awarded commemorative goods.
The first place stories, “Aya to Yuki” and “Umi no Soko no Tenshi,” will be published and made available in bookstores after December 2011. Nissan will donate the published works to public libraries across the country. Further, the company will distribute leaflets introducing the top eight prize-winning works at the Nissan Galleries throughout Japan.
Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix
The “Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix” commemorates the May 1984 opening of the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka, which is Japan’s first comprehensive center for international children’s literature. Through the publication of the Grand Prize winners, the contest provides talented amateur authors and illustrators with the opportunity to become active professionally, and it provides children with outstanding storybooks and picture books through donation activities.
The publications are donated through Nissan offices to approximately 3,300 libraries and 700 kindergartens and nursery schools across Japan. Last year, Nissan also began donating the published picture books to Japanese schools and Japanese language schools through its offices overseas. Furthermore, the company has been carrying out various initiatives related to “children and books,” such as holding storybook reading events at the Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery.
* 27th Children’s Storybook First Place Special Prize: “Aya to Yuki,” Picture Book Grand Prize: “Umi no Soko no Tenshi”
“Aya to Yuki,” winner of the Storybook First Place Special Prize, is a story about Aya, who has a strange experience while helping take care of her grandmother’s pet silkworms at her wartime evacuation home, and it is filled with fantastic beauty. The Picture Book Grand Prize winner “Umi no Soko no Tenshi” uses illustrations with muted colors to depict the interactions between a robot who works at the bottom of the sea and a narwhal with a broken horn. Additionally, three storybooks and three picture books were awarded Special Prizes while 17 storybooks and 10 picture books received Excellent Prizes.
* 19th Nissan Joyful Storybook and Picture Book Exhibition
The “Nissan Joyful Storybook and Picture Book Exhibition” has been held jointly by Nissan and the Foundation for Child Well-being during spring break each year since 1992. It is part of Nissan’s continuing “Support for Education” initiative, one of the main areas of Nissan’s social contribution activities. The event aims to provide an opportunity for children to exercise their imagination through their experiences with picture books and storybooks. The original drawings used in “Tenno Oni Matsuri” (by Masaru Miyazaki and Toshie Miyazaki), the 26th picture Book Grand Prize winner, will be on display, and workshops will be held based on the theme of this book. On Sunday, March 27, a special event by Nissan car designers will be held called “You can become a car designer!”
* 19th Nissan Joyful Storybook and Picture Book Exhibition: “Chotto Sora Made” 1. Dates: Friday, March 25 - Tuesday, April 5, 2011
2. Venue: Atrium Gallery, National Children’s Castle
(5-53-1, Jungumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Tel: 03-3797-5666)
3. Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Last entry at 5:00 p.m.)
4. Entrance fee: For National Children’s Castle: 500 yen for adults / 400 yen for children (ages 3 to 17)
5. Organizers: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
The National Children’s Castle (Foundation for Child Well-being)
6. Supporters: International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka
Waseda University Hirayama Ikuo Memorial Volunteer Center
Masaru Miyazaki and Toshie Miyazaki (authors of picture books for children)
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