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Hanoi (VNA) – As many as 13 outstanding books were awarded prizes of the Vietnamese-Danish project on fostering literature for children at a ceremony in Hanoi on November 26.

The writings have been selected from nearly 1,000 entries to the 2013-2015 writing-for-children campaign in the framework of the second phase of the project, which was jointly implemented by the Danish Writers Association and Kim Dong Publishing House.

The two first prize winners are Nguyen Thi Kim Hoa with her story called “the Straw Prince” under the theme “Go cua trai tim” (Knocking on the heart’s door) for children from 10-14 years old and Ta Lan Hanh with “the Wonderful Friend” on the theme “Ngay toi gap... (The day I met...) for children aged 3-6 years old.

The project aims to enhance writing capability for Vietnamese authors and illustrators while facilitating the access to books and stories for Vietnamese children across the country.

The project, started in 2006, has organised eight writing campaigns, drawing nearly 4,000 entries of all types. Of the works, 104 have been published by the Kim Dong Publishing House.

A wide range of other activities have also been conducted to support the development of literature for children, including seminars, workshops and exchanges between Vietnamese and Danish writers.

Nearly 50 story-telling trains, 16 readers clubs have been set up for children in remote areas nationwide. More than 43,000 books have been given out to children.

Denmark is well-known among Vietnamese children for a string of fairytales. Works by renowned writer Hans Christian Andersen such as “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s new clothes” and “The Snow Queen” are familiar to children across the country.-VNA