Turkish children's book author and illustrator Behiç Ak is nominated for the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Award, dubbed the Nobel Prize of the genre.
Awarded by the International Board on Books for Young People, the prize "recognizes lifelong achievement" and is "an important, lasting contribution to children's literature." Illustration: Kediler Adası ("Cats' Island") by Behiç Ak
Ak is also known for being an avid activist in environmental and urban issues. Illustration: Benim Karışım ("My Hand") by Behiç Ak
The author of over a hundred books and plays, Ak has received more than a dozen awards for his writing, as well as for his drawing, both artistic and architectural. Illustration: Karadeniz'deki Yunus ("Dolphin in the Black Sea") by Behiç Ak