British author David Almond has won the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award of the international Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
The jury awarded Almond for his "unique voice" of "magic realism for children."
"Almond captures his young readers' imagination and motivates them to read, think and be critical," the IBBY website wrote.
"His use of language is sophisticated and reaches across the ages."
Almond won four other finalists, namely Ahmad Reza Ahmadi (Iran), Bartolomeu Campos de Queiros (Brazil), Lennart Hellsing (Sweden) and Louis Jensen (Denmark).
The 2010 jury also announced Germany's Jutta Bauer as the winner of this year's Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award.
Jutta Bauer was praised "as a powerful narrator who blends real life with legend through her pictures."
The jury admired her "philosophical approach, originality, creativity as well as her ability to communicate with young readers."
Carll Cneut (Belgium), Etienne Delessert (Switzerland), Svjetlan Junakovic (Croatia) and Roger Mello (Brazil) were the other illustrators shortlisted for the award.
Winners will receive their medals and diplomas at the international IBBY congress in Spain on September 11, 2010.
Also known as the 'Little Nobel Prize', the Hans Christian Andersen Award is granted biennially to authors and illustrators, who have contributed to children's literature.
The 2010 Jury was led by Zohreh Ghaeni from Iran, joined by Ernest Bond (USA), Karen Coeman (Mexico), Nadia El Kholy (Egypt), Maria Jesus Gil (Spain), Jan Hansson (Sweden), Annemie Leysen (Belgium), Darja Mazi-Leskovar (Slovenia), Alicia Salvi (Argentina), Helene Schar (Switzerland) and Regina Zilberman (Brazil).