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Reykjavík Rewards Excellence in Children’s Literature

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Reykjavík Rewards Excellence in Children’s Literature

Ragnheiður Eyjólfsdóttir. Photo: City of Reykjavík.

The Reykjavík City Children’s Book Prize was awarded yesterday in a ceremony at the Höfði House.

The original children’s literature category was won by Ragnheiður Eyjólfsdóttir for her book Skuggasaga – Undirheimar (Shadow Story – Underworlds), which is the follow up to Skuggasaga, which won the national children’s literature award in 2015. Both are published by Vaka Helgafell.

Halla Sverrisdóttir won the Reykjavík City Children’s Book Prize for her Icelandic translation of The Walls Around Us, by American author Nova Ren Suma, published by Bókaútgáfan Björt.

The prize for best illustrations in a 2016 children’s book went to Linda Ólafsdóttir for Íslandsbók barnanna (the Children’s Iceland Book), published by Iðunn. It is the second year in a row Linda has won this award.

Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson presented the prizes, which have been handed out annually since 1973. The awards are decided upon by a jury of writers and industry professionals.

Reykjavík became the fifth UNESCO City of Literature in 2011—the first non-English speaking city to receive the honor.

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