The candidates for this year’s August prize were announced at lunch time today, and among the nominees in the category for Best Swedish Children’s Book of the Year are… Barbro Lindgren! The book in question is Nu leker vi den fula ankungen Let’s play the ugly duckling (Rabén & Sjögren, 2014), a retelling of the classic H.C. Andersen-tale of the swan kid growing up in a duckfamily. But in Barbro Lindgren’s book, two children with a lot of imagination are playing all the leading characters.
This is the fifth time one of Barbro Lindgren’s books is nominated to the August award. The laureate will be announced at the August Ceremony on November 24 at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
The August Prize is named after the famous Swedish author August Strindberg, and is one of the most celebrated and prestigious literary Prizes in Sweden. The prize was founded by the Swedish Publishers’ Association in 1989, with the intention to institute an annual award for the best Swedish books of the year in order to increase public interest in Swedish contemporary literature. Link to the August web here.