Andersen Award and Arne Nixon Center Party


The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) announces that Maria Teresa Andruetto from Argentina is the winner of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award and Peter Sis from the Czech Republic is the winner of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award.

The Andersen medals and diplomas will be presented to the winners at the international IBBY congress in London on Saturday, 25 August 2012.   Read more here: .

Arne Nixon Center to Hold Secret Garden Party April 15, 2012

ANCA, the Arne Nixon Center Advocates, the support group for the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at California State University, Fresno, invites everyone to its tenth annual Secret Garden Party, Sunday, April 15, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The party will have an international flair this year as ANCA honors writers Alma Flor Ada, who was born in Cuba, and F. Isabel Campoy, who was born in Spain. These prolific authors, who now live in California, have published hundreds of books, writing alone and together, in Spanish and in English. This year they donated 2,200 children’s books, mostly in Spanish, to the Center, and they have pledged their papers, too.  Please join us for tapas, sangria, and other Hispanic treats in a beautiful Spanish style garden in north Fresno.

Funds raised will support Phase II of the Leo Politi Garden, adding art by Fresno’s most famous children’s illustrator to the existing hardscape and landscaping that completed Phase I, which was funded by ANCA. The garden, which opened in 2009, is on the east side of the Henry Madden Library.

The party’s exact location will be revealed to underwriters and ticket holders upon registration. Underwriters are needed; they will receive tickets to the party and acknowledgements in promotional materials. The $1,000 Sponsor fee includes up to eight tickets and choice of Leo Politi lithograph ( for designs); Patrons, for a $500 fee, get up to six tickets; Contributors, for $250, receive up to four tickets. Individual tickets are also available for $50. The garden party is ANCA’s major annual fundraising event; all profits benefit the Arne Nixon Center.  For information call (559) 278-8116 or send E-mail to

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