Tonight the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature will be presented to Isol! The 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria and the Swedish Minister for Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
Today, the award office has published interviews with both Isol and jury chairman Larry Lempert.
– Isol got the prize for her quality, for her humanism and for her respect for the child, says Larry Lempert. In a broader sense, I would say that she is a surprising illustrator, an illustrator who surprises in every book she has done. She goes from one step to another, always with a new touch, a new approach.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards illustrators, storytellers, authors and reading promoters who work in the humanistic spirit of Astrid Lindgren.
– Isol has always focused on the child, she always shows respect to the child, says Larry Lempert. She always defends the child. And I think these are the most important things that we can see in a children’s book. She always talks with the child rather than to the child.
Isol herself, being a not only an illustrator, but also a cartoonist, painter, graphic artist, poet, singer and composer, prefers to describe herself as a girl who is playing with her thoughts and skills:
– I like to test different fields and I like new adventures, but the core is always the same. I feel like a girl who is playing with her thoughts and her skills, and is trying to develop new games and to show something interesting for other people.
The award ceremony starts at 6:00 pm CET.