Mottagaren av The 16th International Brothers Grimm Award är den amerikanska forskaren Roberta Seelinger Trites.

För många är Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children’s Novels (1997) kanske mest känd. Priset delas ut av International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka, Japan.

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Reasons for the Presentation of the Award
 
Dr. Roberta Seelinger Trites, Distinguished Professor at Illinois State University is an exemplary researcher of children’s and adolescent literature from around the world.
 
Her main works published in book form are; Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children’s Novels. (1997), Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature (2000), Twain, Alcott, and the Birth of the Adolescent Reform Novel. (2007), A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s Lives. (Ed. Betsy Hearne and Roberta Seelinger Trites., 2009), and Literary Conceptualizations of Growth in Adolescent Literature: Metaphors and Cognition in Adolescent Literature. (2014).

All of these works are ground-breaking in their theoretical approaches to adolescent literature; feminist studies; historical and cultural literary studies.
 
The first two books have been translated into Japanese and Waking Sleeping Beauty has been translated into Chinese.

Waking Sleeping Beauty was the winner of the American Library Association’s Choice Award, 1997 and Disturbing the Universe
was the winner of the 2002 Children’s Literature Association Book Award.
 
Dr. Trites served as President of the Children’s Literature Association from 2006 to 2007, was editor of the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly and Journal from 2000 to 2004 and ran the ChLA conference in 2008.

Her major contribution was to shift this association’s focus from a mainly North American view to a more international perspective and
to enhance its academic rigor. This work has made significant contributions to the development of the field over a very long period.
Less public but no less important in the area of academic contribution has been Professor Trites’ supervision of a number of students to
PhD completion, something she has also done internationally, testimony to her outstanding expertise and contribution to the field of children’s literature both as an organizer and an educator.

She has been shortlisted for the Brothers’ Grimm Award several times and is now being accorded fitting recognition as the recipient of this, the 16th award.
 
Dr. Trites has also contributed to the promotion of children’s literature via her book reviews and by serving as a judge in student creative writing competitions. This impressive list of achievements makes her a worthy recipient of  the 16th International Grimm Award.

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