Happy winners of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis

The German Children’s Literature Award (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis) was presented on Friday at Frankfurt Book Fair. The prize was given in four categories: picture book, children’s book, young adult book and non-fiction. Two special prizes were also presented; one decided by a young adult jury and one award for a lifetime achievement.

The Swedish writer and illustrator Pija Lindenabaum is one of the happy winners.  Her picture book  Mia schläft woanders (Siv sover vilse), translated by Kerstin Behnken  (Friedrich Oetinger Verlag), was awarded for describing a little girl’s mixed feelings when for the first time staying the night at a friend´s house. The jury, The Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur, specially commented Lindenbaum’s ability to describe ordinary life from a child’s perspective.

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