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Friday, May 20, 2011

SU's Bond Again Represents U.S. on Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury

Dr. Ernie BondSALISBURY, MD---For the second time, Salisbury University professor Ernie Bond, a renowned expert in children’s literature, is one of ten people from around the world (and the only American) to judge winners of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Named for the Danish author whose classic tales have delighted children for more than a century, the award is given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Considered the Oscar of international children’s literature, it recognizes living authors and illustrators whose works have made lasting contributions.

Led by Jury President María Jesús Gil of Spain, the other jury members are from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, France, Greece, Iran, Russia, Sweden and Turkey.  They meet March 10-11, 2012, to select a shortlist of five authors and five illustrators from among 59 entries from 33 countries. The winners are announced at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair in Italy on Monday, March 19, 2012.

Chair of SU’s Teacher Education Department, Bond teaches children’s and young adult literature at SU and has been active in international programs. He also has taught international children’s literature summer courses in Australia and New Zealand; Ireland and Wales; and Iceland, Denmark, Germany and Poland.

Bond was selected for the jury through his membership in the United States Board on Books for Young People. He also is involved with the International Reading Association, the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Bond earned his Ph.D. in education from The Ohio State University. He has authored and co-authored books including Interactive Assessment and Literature and the Young Adult Reader, chapters in Harry Potter’s World, articles in Theory into Practice and the Journal of Children’s Literature, and book reviews in Bookbird and the School Library Journal.

In 2007, Bond was the Eastern Shore’s first Maryland Professor of the Year, selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He also is a recipient of the University System of Maryland’s highest faculty honor: the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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