On Saturday, Januari 28, it was ten years since Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) passed away. Astrid Lindgren’s Näs in Vimmerby, her childhood home and visitor’s centre, arranged a beautiful public program. Author and pediatirician (and member of the ALMA jury) Lars H Gustafsson spoke about the situation of children today and tomorrow. Astrid Lindgren’s Näs also has done a reprint of Astrid’s famous speech against violence and corporal punishment of children, Never Violence from 1978.
Archive for January, 2012
With the announcement of the 2012 ALMA recipient is coming up in March, the nominating process for 2013 has already started. Every year, the ALMA award office invites nominating bodies all over the world to nominate candidates. A list of the nominating bodies for 2013 have been published on the ALMA web, and among the bodies are: Biblioteca Nacional de Angola, National Library of Indonesia, Foire de Livre de Kinshasa and National Library of Korea.
For this year’s award, the amount of nominated candidates is more than ever – 184 candidates from 66 countries.
The nomination deadline is May 15th. The nominated candidates for 2013 will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2012.
The world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature is turning ten years old in 2012. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) has contributed to raising the status of books for children and young people for a decade now. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden’s Minister for Culture, says:
– The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award highlights literature for children and young adults in an important way, giving it a prominent place in society.
When Astrid Lindgren, Sweden’s most renowned writer, passed away in 2002, the Swedish Government adopted the decision to set up a memorial award fund. Since its establishment, eleven award recipients have been recognized for their lifetime achievements in the arts and their efforts to promote literacy.
Quoting Minister Adelsohn Liljeroth:
– The award promotes interest in literature for children and young people all over the world, and reinforces the rights of children on a global level. Year upon year, the award has received increasing media attention and had greater and greater impact. This gives rise to optimism about children’s literature and active reading.
Over the course of the decade, more than 550 candidates from over 90 nations have been nominated. Nominating bodies include organizations and research institutes related to literature for children and young people. Today the ALMA award office cooperates with more than 400 nominating bodies worldwide.
The tenth birthday of the award will be celebrated with an exhibition about the award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the world’s largest book fair for young readers, to be held in Bologna, Italy from 19 to 22 March 2012. On 20 March at 1 p.m., the name of this year’s recipient or recipients will be announced. The announcement will be made in Vimmerby, Sweden, where Astrid Lindgren grew up. It will be webstreamed to the book fair in Bologna and on the website of the award: http://www.alma.se/en.
The award office is back and ready for a very exciting 2012! In this first blog post of 2012, we´d like to congratulate Walter Dean Myers, the new national ambassador for young people’s literature in the US. He succeeds author Katherine Paterson (2006 ALMA recipient), and is the third person to be appointed to the post. Walter Myers is an acclaimed author of books for young people. His award-winning body of work includes “Sunrise Over Fallujah,” “Fallen Angels,” “Monster,” “Somewhere in the Darkness” and “Harlem.” The NY Times:
As an African-American man who dropped out of high school but built a successful writing career – largely because of his lifelong devotion to books – Mr. Myers said his message would be etched by his own experiences.
“I think that what we need to do is say reading is going to really affect your life”, he said in an interview at his book-cluttered house here in Jersey City, adding that he bhoped to speak directly to low-income minority parents. “You take a black man who doesn´t have a job, but you say to him, ´Look, you can make a difference in your child’s life, just by reading to him for 30 minutes a day.´ That´s what I would like to do.”
Read more about Walter Myers here.