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Kęstutis Kasparavičius
Kęstutis Kasparavičius
Kęstutis Kasparavičius
Born June 2, 1954 (1954-06-02) (age 66)
Trakų rajonas, Lithuania
Occupation Author, Illustrator
Nationality Lithuanian
Genre Children, Family, Fantasy, Humor, Animals
Notable works Strawberry Day: Mysterious Stories, The Missing Picture, & Rabbit Marcus the Great
Children four children and one grandson

Kęstutis Kasparavičius (born June 2, 1954 in Aukštadvaris) is a Lithuanian author and book illustrator of over 60 children's books. His books have been translated into 26 different languages, including Chinese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Korean. Kasparavičius is known for his short feel-good stories about various comic characters. Bears, pigs, rabbits, and turtles find themselves trapped in puzzling and thought-provoking situations. Kasparavičius draws children's attention with detailed, colorful, and bright watercolor illustrations that are accompanied by humorous and witty stories.

Kasparavičius studied choir conducting at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art (1962–1972). He transitioned from music to visual arts and worked on his degree in graphic design at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts (1972–1981). He started as a graphic designer at a publishing house where his talent for illustrating was noticed. In 1984, Kasparavičius published his first book. He has four children and one grandson. He lives in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Latest books

  • 2010: Mažoji žiema (The Little Winter, )
  • 2009: Baltasis Dramblys: Tolimų kraštų istorijos (The White Elephant, )
  • 2008: Kiškis Morkus Didysis (Rabbit Marcus the Great, ). Voted the best Lithuanian children's book in 2009.
  • 2007: Sodininkas Florencijus (Florencius the Gardener, ). Voted the best Lithuanian children's book in 2008.
  • 2007: Dingęs paveikslas (The Missing Picture, ) "In this mysterious and intriguing tale, a group of animals introduces children to the world of art through the analysis of a painting. The animals have gathered to celebrate the arrival of a work of art, but while they are gone, the painting is stolen. As they search for the culprit and attempt to recover the missing painting, the delightful tale unfolds, allowing young readers to investigate and form their own theories about art." - Barnes & Noble
  • 2006: Braškių diena: paslaptingos istorijos (Strawberry Day: Mysterious Stories, )
  • 2006: Trumpos istorijos (The Short Stories, )
  • 2005: Kvailos istorijos (The Silly Stories, )

Awards and nominations

  • Golden Pen Award, Belgrade, 1990
  • UNICEF award “Illustrator of the Year”, Bologna Children's Book Fair, 1994
  • II Diploma “Premi International Catalonia d'Illustracio”, Barcelona, 1994
  • Illustrations selected at The Society of Illustrators Children's Book Show, New York, 2002
  • Award for Excellence, Bologna Children's Book Fair, 2003
  • Nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, 2005 and 2006
  • Diploma, Tallinn Illustrations Triennial, 2006
  • Diploma for illustrations, Vilnius Book Fair, 2007
  • Nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, 2008 and 2010
  • Children Literature 'Atrapallibres' Award, Catalan Council for Children's and Young Adults' Books, Spain, 2010
  • Honored Illustrator, International Board on Books for Young People, IBBY Honor List 2012, 2012
  • He won the "Vittoria Samarelli Literary Award" (Castel Goffredo, Italy), 2014
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