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J.K. Rowling to Receive First Hans Christian Andersen Award

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Posted by: sue
October 06, 2009, 10:16 AM

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been selected to receive the very first Hans Christian Anderson Literature Prize next year in Odense, Denmark. Given in honor of the prolific author of classic fairy tales such as The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling and many more beloved stories, the Copenhagen Post reports:

"The literature prize is to be awarded to someone who can directly or indirectly be compared with Hans Christian Andersen.Rowling has sold more than 400 million copies of her Harry Potter books and is often credited with encouraging a new generation of children to enjoy reading.The 44-year-old author will receive the award in a ceremony on 19 October 2010.

The city already has a strong link to Rowling’s books and hosts an annual Harry Potter Festival, which transforms the City Hall into Hogwarts School for witches and wizards. The festival is run in conjunction with the public library to encourage children to read."

As noted above, JKR is due to receive the award in person next year and we will report on that when the ceremony takes place. Congratulations Jo!

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How confusing, there already is a Hans Christian Andersen award for children literature…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_Andersen_Award

Posted by Steve on October 07, 2009, 01:23 PM report to moderator
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CONGRATS JO!!!

Posted by makochibi on October 07, 2009, 02:14 PM report to moderator
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Whoo! Congrats!

Posted by Ruby Hagrid {WBM} on October 07, 2009, 02:34 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations!

Posted by Reszalia on October 07, 2009, 05:39 PM report to moderator
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congrats, Jo!

Posted by alegria35 on October 07, 2009, 06:10 PM report to moderator
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oh WOW! very prestigious. congratulations, jo! =)

Posted by joyceemorrison on October 07, 2009, 08:36 PM report to moderator
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She’s phenomenal!!! Congratulations Jo! And she wouldn’t have won this award if it weren’t for the fans that bought her books… woooo!

Posted by ginevrapotter07 on October 07, 2009, 09:40 PM report to moderator
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Wow, congratulations Jo!
You deserve it!

Posted by Rodinius Black on October 07, 2009, 09:56 PM report to moderator
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yay! go Jo!
she deserves this so much :) she’s done so much for literature and getting more and more kids into reading from a young age. i was one of the lucky ones who already read avidly but i think HP definitely fuelled the obsession! :D

Posted by Sigourney♥ on October 07, 2009, 11:14 PM report to moderator
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well. she deserves it, from rags to riches, it tells us that anyone can be a writer and anyone can dream.

harry potter…a phenomenon

Posted by vampressISap0tter *ROAR* on October 08, 2009, 01:51 AM report to moderator
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Awesome! Congratz, Jo.

Posted by on October 08, 2009, 03:38 AM report to moderator
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Congratulations! Do i even need to say that its completely 100% deserved.

Posted by TheGriff [ROAR!] on October 08, 2009, 03:53 AM report to moderator
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Congratulations!

Posted by Reszalia on October 08, 2009, 09:41 AM report to moderator
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she truly deserves it.
congrats Jo!!!!!

Posted by HPandtheDA007 on October 08, 2009, 11:27 AM report to moderator
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think she should recieve a knighthood, or damehood whatever they call it
Posted by AbbieAstoria on October 08, 2009, 12:00 PM report to moderator
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