kinderjuryThe Dutch Children's Jury Selection for 2015 has been announced, and three Gottmer titles are among the nominees: A Bizarre Party (Een vreemd feestje) by Bette Westera, The Black Egg (Het zwarte ei) by Han van der Vegt and The Voice Slurper (De stemmenslurper) by Lisa Boersen.  


The Dutch Children's Jury Prize is a yearly literary prize that is awarded to the best Dutch children's book of the past year (both original and translated). It is different from other literary prizes for children's books, because not a professional jury, but children themselves can choose which book will win the award. Before the children can bring out their vote however, a selection of 25 titles is made by a committee of librarians, book sellers and teachers. 

The 25 selected books are divided amongst two age categories: 6 to 9 years old and 10 to 12 years old. A Bizarre Party (Een vreemd feestje), written by Bette Westera and illustrated by Alex de Wolf, is selected in the age category 6 to 9. The Black Egg (Het zwarte ei), written by Han van der Vegt and illustrated by Loes Riphagen, and The Voice Slurper (De stemmenslurper), written by Lisa Boersen and illustrated by Lars Deltrap, have been nominated in the age category 10 to 12. 


All Dutch children can vote for their favorite book between March 4th and May 13th 2015 by filling in a form at their local bookshop, the library, at school or online. The winner of the Dutch Children's Jury Prize will be anounced at the Children's Book Parade at the Children's Book Museum in The Hague on Sunday, June 21st. 


See also: Flemish Children's Jury 2015: 4 Gottmer Picture Books Nominated