Taiwanese illustrator Lin Lian-en's (林廉恩) book "Home" was awarded top prize of the BolognaRagazzi Award in the fiction category.
Lin is one of two Taiwanese artists honored at this year's BolognaRagazzi Awards. In May this year, Taiwanese illustrator Animo Chen (阿尼默) received special mention in the category of poetry for his book "Love Letter." These awards show that Taiwanese creators are being recognized on the global stage.
According to Ministry of Culture (MOC), Lin is good at using acrylic, water-soluble crayons and collages to create artworks. She previously received several awards such as "3x3 International Illustration Show" award in 2014, and was nominated for BolognaRagazzi Award under the category of children's book illustration in 2015 and 2018.
"Home," a sequel to her award-winning picture book "Taiwan Visual (台灣印象)," is a story about the relationship between a family and a bird, set against the backdrop of the beautiful scenery of Taiwan. The jury pointed out that the pandemic has highlighted that home is the most important place on earth, and Lin's book is an exquisitely produced poetic consideration of space. The book makes full use of material elements and the collages express deep meanings about the centrality of home and its connectedness.
Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te (李永得) expressed his gratitude to all Taiwan's outstanding creators for bringing the abundant creative energy to the world with their beautiful works. This is the first time that Taiwan has won the top prize under the children's book illustration category at the competition, he added.
The Bologna Ragazzi Award is a highly regarded international prize, and it acknowledges the best and most innovative illustrated books published worldwide. A total of 1,577 titles were submitted from 41 countries worldwide this year.