“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need…”

“… love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent. But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.”

Read 2005 ALMA recipient Philip Pullman’s words about children’s right to culture, written for the celebration of ALMA:s 10th anniversary. Next Monday, March 19, the ALMA jubilee exhibition opens at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. All previous recipients are presented in the exhibition, and an extensive program with illustrators, authors and reading promoters have been presented at the Bologna Fair. 

Workshop with children at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, during Award Week in May 2005. Illustrator Ryôji Arai is leading the workshop.

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