Mr. Chuth Khay was born in 1940 in Kampong Cham province. Before fleeing Cambodia to live in France in 1980, he was a teacher of French and Law, a writer for print media, and Dean at the Faculty of Law in Phnom Penh. He is a talented Khmer author who knows well how to express his ideas and to mix Khmer legacy with western influences.
Eam Tith Seiha
Eam Tith Seiha likes writing stories for children very much. He writes a number of stories largely depicting the present day that are fun and interesting for readers. In order to develop his writing skills, he attended several training courses on writing stories for children organized by Sipar, the Association of Khmer Writers, Room-to-Read, etc., Now he is awarded a scholarship to study the methods of film production in Korea.
Heng Dary was born in Kandal province in 1979 and became a writer as she had always wished by writing her first story in 2006. Her stories are largely about the everyday life of children and each story follows the same characters or topics, encouraging her readers to follow through. Among her works are, “The Prince Who Never Laughed” that won her great success to win “the 2014 Honour List” of the writers awarded by the IBBY Cambodia.
Huot Socheata was born in Battambang in 1982 and grew up in the days when people read only the hand-wrtten/illustrated novels and the revolutionary stories translated from foreign languages. Step by step, she sought to learn about literary stories for kids at training courses (in writing, literary analyses, tales etc.,) Since then she has become an editor at Sipar. Her first work is “Family After All” which has been very successful. Another story of hers titled “Prince Chan Pheanuk” leads children into the world of legends.
Kim An Arun
She is the president of the script-writers (group?) for The Khmer Mekong Film Production. This work requires her to write diverse scripts such as TV film series, full-length films, and youth movies, among others. These experiences have helped her to gain an astute understanding of today's Khmer society.
After two years working as publishing assistant, Lim Santepheap became the representative for the group of books “I Would Like to Read” in 2004. She has a passion for children’s literature. In June 2005, following a training workshop on writing and illustrations for children organized by Sipar, she started writing “The Little Fairy”.
She is a writer who used to work as an editor at Sipar and was in charge of the books in the “I Would Like to Read” collection. She is very knowledgeable about social change in addition to being a very talented and imaginative author. She has written several stories published by Sipar.
This young woman was much impressed by super hero books and movies when she was young. She wished that one day she would be an author of stories for children. To materialize her dreams, she participated in a number of training courses for two years organized by various institutions with the intention of enhancing her reading and writing. The training courses helped her understand and improve her writing work, and learn various writing styles.
Ouch Sodany was born in Phnom Penh in 1985. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in the French Language from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Since her childhood, she has always liked to read the legends, tales and stories for children. When she was in her grade six and knew basic French, she was interested in reading Japanese Manga book translated in French – it was an illustration book. Bit by bit, she wanted to write stories and she started her adventurous-style fiction and non-fiction for youth.
This young writer graduated in English studies from the Norton University in 2007. She was a volunteer for the Nou Hach Literary Association. She is also a freelance translator. She likes writing stories for all-age readers and her features are about the everyday life; focusing on topics such as family, friendship and love. Phou Chakriya has won several prizes in the literary contests organized by the Nou Hach Literary Association and Sipar.
This writer was born in Battambang province in 1981. She used to work as librarian at the French Institute and for the Children of Mekong organization. In her youth, she wanted to be a writer of children’s books. She wrote her first book when she was in a training course for writing books for children organized by Sipar and Save the Children. With a deep passion of books and interest in work related to children, she fulfilled her dream of writing books for children.
Srey Samphors graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in the French Language from the Institute of Foreign Languages, Royal University of Phnom Penh. In 2002, she won her first award in a contest of writers for 9 to 12 years-old children organized by the Reyum Institute. She wrote her first short story in a training course and Sipar published this story in the “I Would Like to Read” collection. Additionally, she translated texts about children’s rights for UNICEF.
Huot Sarith has worked in the Sipar publishing section since 2006. After working two years assisting publication, he is now the editor in charge of documentary books and the technical assistant. He attained theoretical knowledge through attending training courses, and has a great deal of experience from contributing to book production. Now,he has started writing several documentary books for children.
Khuon Vichheka was born in 1984 in Battambang province. After completing her Master Degree studies in Comparative History in Paris in 2009, she became a lecturer of history at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She has a wish to help Cambodian children know the history and the value of Khmer heritage. Her contribution to the book “Exploring Angkor-Part 2” has made her dreams come true. Now she is doing the preliminary research to write a number of new books for children.”
Sun Heng Meng Chheang
Sun Heng Meng Chheang is a famous author. He used to work as the publisher in charge of the ‘I Would Like to Know’ collection (for children over 12 years-old) of Sipar.
On account of his vast general knowledge in addition to years of his experiences as a teacher of geography and history, he has contributed nearly 30 titles during his ten years of work with Sipar. These are treasured documents for young readers to learn about the world around them.
Buth Sonrin was born in 1988 at Site 2 refugee camp. In 2001, he started his drawing lessons at the Phare Ponleu Selpak at the Visual Arts School. After leaving school, he taught his painting skilsl to children for six months and worked for the New Sheet studio in 2009. He likes designing pages of books, advert leaflets, ads panels and other drawings.
Try Samphors has a simple and graceful style. She attended several training courses to improve her skills. She is a professional illustrator for children’s books. She likes making drawings for especially young children and her three young kids are her best “advisors.”
Chan Vitharin is a famous painter and photographer in Cambodia. After contributing illustrations for different publishing houses, he is now an art trainer in painting and photography at the University of Fine Arts.
He was born in 1990 in Battambang. He finished his art study at the Visual Arts of Phare Ponleu Selpak majoring in drawing in 2010. After attending several training courses on illustrations, he created several art works as exhibited at the galleries throughout Cambodia and abroad. Now, he works in design and illustrations in Sonleuk Thmey, Phare Ponleu Selpak.
Khun Sovanrith was born in 1973. He is a well-known illustrator/painter and many of his works have been exhibited in Cambodia and abroad. He finished his study from the University of Fine Arts and went on to be an art coach at the Reyum Institute. He has made a lot of illustrations for books published by the publication service of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Sipar, Room-to-Read, White Elephant and Reyum.
Nhek Sophaleap holds a diploma in architecture. After attending several training courses on illustrations organized by Sipar and other institutions working in the arts field, he makes drawing books for children. His style is lively and realistic, making his drawings appeal to children.
Ouk Ratha has completed trainings in various categories: drawings for stories, school texts, and 3D cartoons. He works fast and flexibly, and is very skilled in making modern drawings using computer programs.
Prak Ke was born in 1989 in Battambang. He was trained at the Visual Art School of Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang. He now works there in the graphics department. He has a unique style and is one of the most talented illustrators off his generation.
Sam Sarath is an artist who graduated from the University of Fine Arts in 1974. He usually sits on the jury committee to judge drawings made by Cambodian children, and participates in the Global Campaign for Children’s Drawings organized by UNESCO. He has made drawings in illustrations books, leaflets on education, human resource formation and development.
Seng Visal is a young artist who works to attract children’s attention by creating lively characters. With his diverse techniques earned from the training organized by national and international experts, he can create various worlds in his works.
Seng Visoth is a Khmer artist who completed a number of training courses from graphics and drawing institutions, such as Vat Phnom, Sipar, and the French Institute. Experiences he has gained through training courses have improved his drawing techniques and helped him to create new ideas.
So Chakriya was born in 1989 in Phnom Penh. She holds a diploma in architecture and design issued by the Panhnhasastra University of Cambodia and is now pursuing further studies in Japan. With a deep interest in drawing, she studied the skill at Reyum Institute and other institutions that provided training courses. She has illustrated for books published by Room to Read and Sipar.
This artist was born in 1988 in Battambang. Now she is the drawing instructor at the Phare Ponleu Selpak and Battambang University. She finished her study of Fine Arts in 2008, and in 2011, she completed a short-term study in France. She has exhibited her works at various galleries in Cambodia. In 2012, she won the award "The First Children's book Authors/Illustrators Competition in Cambodia“organized by Sipar.
Akiko Sueyoshi was born in 1942 in Japan. He started a children’s book publishing business before becoming a well-known writer of books for children. His works have won numerous literary awards and were made into films for TV.
Amber Stewart grew up in a mountainous area of Dorset, England and left to study Russian at London University. Nevertheless, she has never forgotten her childhood joy when she read a book titled,«Winnie the Pooh». After months of study, she started a job of publishing books for children and writing. Nowadays, Amber lives with her family and raises animals on her family farm in the rural area of Northampton shire.
Anne Didier was born in 1969 in Belfort in the eastern region of France. She used to work as a teacher.. When she started publishing her books, she also took a part time teaching job. This writer devotes herself to writing novels and stories for children.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
He was a French professional pilot and writer. He turned his adventures and accidents to be the topics of his writing, some of them were the philosophy about children. A famous work of Saint-Exupéry was “The Little Prince” (1943) which he himself was the illustrator.
Astrid Lindgren was born in 1907. She was a famous Swedish writer. All her books, especially those for children, have been known and recognized worldwide. The story “Pippi Longstocking” has been translated into 60 languages and is one of the most read of her works.
Finishing her study in literature and modern languages at a university, Henriette Bichonnier became a teacher of English and then a writer,working especially on film scripts. She started writing stories in 1969. Since then, she has written numerous books for children.
Jean-Pierre Courivaud was born in 1963. He lives with his wife and three children: Josephine, Robinson and Cyprian at a small hamlet in northern France. He is a teacher and writer of children’s stories.
To Hoai is renowned for his literature such as “The Diary of a Cricket” (1941), «Story of Tay Bac»(1953) and «The Western Area»(1967),. He was born and lived in Vietnam.
Anne-Laure Porée is a journalist who has lived in Cambodia for years. First, she collaborated with Sipar in writing non-fiction books such as “Pregnancy Care” in the “Easy way to…” collection for young adults”. In the second book “Discover Our Environment”, Anne-Laure Porée worked with Huot Sarith on each step of writing the texts, from collecting and compiling information to the final stages of editing, making suitable texts for young readers.
Brigitte Labbé used to work in communications. Now she focuses on writing. Because of her passion for writing, she has coordinated “Philosophy” sessions with children in schools, libraries and cafés.
Mr. Christian Havard loves animals. He lives in a small area Cahors in France. When he is not writing or meeting with children, he gives talks about animals and the environment. He has been interested in jackals for twenty years. And he specializes in activities related to children and tales of imaginary animals.
He is eager to learn about planets and stars. He is a journalist and a writer, specializing in wrting about space exploration. He has written books for children and published with the publishing houses Mango and Nathan in France. Many of his books have been translated into English, Spanish, Italian and Korean.
Hedwige Mulzer O’naghten
Mrs. Hedwige Mulzer O’naghten is a French researcher who holds a doctorate in History of Arts and Archaeology from Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris 3. She is the owner of numerous research texts related to Khmer History of Angkor Era. She also specializes in writing history texts for children.
Mrs. Madeleine Michaux is a teacher of History and Geography. She has written a great deal of text books for French children.
Mr. Pierre Kohler was born in 1945 in France. He spent 14 years as an astronaut at the Paris-Meudon Observatory. After leaving this position, he started writing and has published numerous texts and books.
He was lucky to spend his childhood in an African country. He has worked in many jobs: editing program shows on canal Plus TV, designing advertising plans, writing for a radio show and for children. He has published about 50 titles of books with Milan in France.
Catherine Fichaux lives in France. She has made numerous drawings for documentary books published by the Milan publishing house, especially for the group of books «Nature Notebooks» and about 10 titles of books for the collection “My First Non-Fiction Books”.
This young French artist was born in 1984. Because he lives in a family of artists and loves picture books, he started drawing in his childhood. He uses water colour for his drawings because water makes both the landscapes and characters lively.
Frederick Mansot lives in France and is an illustrator for children’s books. He wanted to draw adventure stories, and began illustrating Chinese culture. He makes vibrant images that greatly complement adventurous and magical stories.
Ingrid Vang Nyman
Ingrid Vang Nyman is a Danish artist for children’s books (1916 – 1959). Her picture story “Pippi Long Stockings” was very famous and read in many countries in the world. Her drawings are considered as the start of the “modernist” genre in the fields of picture books for children.
Since her childhood, Isabelle Calin liked travelling along a small quiet road. And after studying fine arts at Grenoble University (France), she left her mountainous home town for the serenity of the Niger river where she worked for almost ten years. She returned to France and worked for 20 years as a freelance journalist, under both happy and difficult conditions. She still imagines travelling and keeping her joyfulness no matter what challenges she faces in life.
Layn Marlow studied History of Arts at the University of Reading in England, and then she worked as librarian in Belgium for three years. When she returned to England, she enrolled at the University of Southampton Solent to learn drawing. Then, she began her career as a writer and an illustrator for children’s books. Her works were published and sold millions of copies in the world and have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Margherita Del Balzo
Margherita del Balzo was born in Rome, Italy in 1962. She has lived in San Francisco, Paris, Manilla, Phnom Penh, and Bangkok. She received a diploma of drawing from l’Ecole Supérieure de Beaux-Arts in Paris. In Cambodia, she has painted many pieces for exhibition and publication with publishing houses.
Quentin Blake is generally known as an illustrator of majority of drawings of Roald Dahl’s books. But he also wrote and drew pictures for his own books such as «Mister Magnolia» and«Zagazoo». In 1999, he was selected as ever the First Winner of children’s books.
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