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2018.04.26 Dutch Picture Book Exhibition at International Library of Children’s Literature
From March 6, 2018, at the International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL), located in Ueno Park in Japan, the “Golden and Silver Brush Awards in the Netherlands—The World of Children’s Books” exhibition is being held. It showcases books that have won various awards in the Netherlands, including the Gouden Griffel (Golden Stylus) and Gouden Penseel (Golden Brush). 

The Netherlands, which historically has a strong connection with art, has produced many picture books that are well known around the world. Dick Bruna, creator of the bunny character, Miffy, popular in Japan, was also from there. Every October in the Netherlands, Children’s Book Week (Kinderboekenweek) promotes reading among children. 

The Golden Stylus Award, conferred to literary works for children under 12, is announced during this week every year. Only works written in Dutch are eligible for this award, but the runner-up award, the Zilveren Griffel (Silver Stylus), includes translated works too. In addition, the Golden Brush is given to superb picture books, and the Gouden Lijst (Golden Frame) to children's books targeting the 12 to 15 age group. Japanese author Mitsumasa Anno’s "Anno’s Medieval World" received the Silver Brush in 1981. 

The exhibition at ILCL is held across two periods. The current period, which lasts until May 15, showcases the recipients of the Stylus and Brush Awards up until 1999. The second period, from May 17 to July 15, will exhibit award-winning works from 2000 onwards. Books include "Bokje" (Harriët van Reek), which won the Silver Brush in 2001, and "Minoes" (Annie M.G. Schmidt), which won the Silver Stylus in 1971 and was made into a movie in 2001. The exhibition runs for a while yet, and is free to attend. Why not visit if you are close by?

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