Iran’s Children’s Book Council selected Hassanzadeh’s book along with three others for their message of “hope and perseverance”, their “ability to express philosophical and social concepts in simple terms”, their “creative illustrations" and "artistic forms”.
The IBBY Collection is located at the Toronto Public Library and features a large international selection of books for and about young people with disabilities.
Farhad Hassan-Zadeh, an Iranian writer and poet for children and adolescents, has been introduced to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), by the Children’s Book Council, as a candidate for the International Christian Andersen Award 2018
The author was previously introduced together with Pezhman Rahimi-Zadeh, as candidates for the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Award, which is one of the greatest international prizes in the field of children’s literature
Referring to his candidacy for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Hassan-Zadeh said: “This award is granted every two years by IBBY to authors and illustrators of children’s literature, and the Children’s Book Council as the representative of this office in our country introduced me as the candidate in 2018 from Iran.”
He pointed out that paying attention to the children affected by the war, child labor, children in care of bad guardians as well as addressing the issues that have not been paid much attention to in the works of children and young people are among the factors that attracted the attention of critics and experts to nominate him as a candidate for this award