Children's Picture Book Festival “Sheep in a Box”
The initiator and the chief organizer of the Children’s Picture Book Festival was the association Book in the Middle / Center (Knjiga u centru – KUC), and co-organizers were City and University Library in Osijek (GISKO) and the City of Osijek. The Festival is derived from the homonymous SHEEP IN A BOX Award that has been awarded since 2005 for the best children’s picture book.
The authors of the project SHEEP IN A BOX Award which is now growing into the Children’s Picture Book Festival “Sheep in a Box” are Ana Đokić and Zoran Pongrašić. The prize of the Award is a sculpture SHEEP IN A BOX and it is the only Craotian Award where the jury is comprised of writers, literary critics and illustrators who inspect the entire annual production of a given picture book and evaluate the artistic value of the text and the illustration taking into account the text - illustration relationship. Besides the expert jury the best picture book is also selected by an independent children’s jury. This year’s program was held on the streets of the city of Osijek, its squares and parks in the period from 3rd to 5th July, and it was composed of exhibitions of illustrations, picture exhibitions, meetings with writers and illustrators, workshops, shows, performances and many other events being interesting both for young and adult visitors. The Waldinger Gallery presented an exhibition of picture books of all previous winners of the SHEEP IN A BOX Award which has been presented for the last ten years. This years award winners are Dubravka Pađen Farkaš as a writer of a children’s picture books and the children’s picture books illustrator Dražen Jerabek. The wish of the organizers is to fit the award by the next year into the picture book festival consisting of two categories – the category for the best national picture book and the category for the best international picture book, and who knows, maybe there is a chance that Osijek becomes a permanent host of the Festival.