Archive for August, 2015

First jury meeting after the summer

August 27, 2015

Today the ALMA jury gathered after the summer holidays, and as usual we´ve had photographer Stefan Tell taking new photos. It´s good to be back!

Photo: Helene Andersson

Photo: Helene Andersson




PRAESA and Daniel Goldin to Göteborg Book Fair

August 25, 2015

PRAESA and Daniel Goldin to Göteborg Book Fair

Several international reading promoters will visit Sweden and Göteborg Book Fair on September 24-27. This year’s laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the South African organisation PRAESA, and Daniel Goldin, publisher and Director of the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, will participate in seminars and programs at the Swedish Art Council’s Young Stage (Ung scen). 

– We are excited about this year’s Book Fair, says ALMA Director Helen Sigeland. We hope that many visitors will be inspired by PRAESA’s amazing work, which focuses on encouraging children to read for enjoyment, building their self-esteem and helping them connect to their native language through reading and stories, which is highly topical issue today.

PRAESA is represented by Arabella Koopman, Content Manager for the national reading promotion project Nal’ibali, a network of reading clubs that uses media campaigns to encourage children to read and inspire parents, grandparents and teachers to read with them.

– Daniel Goldin is one of the world’s foremost reading promoters, a brilliant inspirer, says Helen Sigeland. Daniel Goldin is the publisher who discovered the 2013 ALMA Laureate Isol’s talent for illustrated children’s books.

Young stage (Ung scen) is situated in Hall A 03:22.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible. The award is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature. The UN convention of rights of the child is the foundation of our work. An expert jury selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.

Kitty Crowther and Shaun Tan on stage at Melbourne Writers Festival tomorrow

August 21, 2015


Two of our previous laureates, illustrator Kitty Crowther from Belgium and Australian illustrator Shaun Tan are gathered at the Melbourne Writers Festival, Australia, to talk about their works. Kitty and Shaun have participated on stage together on several occasions, such as in Lillehammer, Norway and at the IBBY Congress in London.

Kitty Crowther received the ALMA in 2010 for maintaining the tradition of the picture book while transforming and renewing it. Last year her latest book Mère Méduse (Mother Medusa) was released by Pastel. Some of her work and that of other French illustrators are also exhibited during the festival. Shaun Tan received the ALMA the year after Kitty for combining brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism. If you´d like to know more about Shaun Tan´s works in progress, have a look at his blog The Birdking.

More info on program in Melbourne, click here.

The Menino – a book for babies and parents by Isol

August 17, 2015

What happens when a baby arrives in the family? This is what 2013 ALMA Laureate Isol’s new book The Menino is all about. Based on personal experience, Isol turns to both babies and parents, exploring the new world that they both encounter when the baby arrives.

For babies, there’s a rich range of images of babies and all their functions to look at. From crying, to nursing, to peeing and pooing, to looking, to hearing, to deciding that this weird new world they’ve entered is worth staying in (because they finally recognize that in every grown-up they see a former baby), there are hours of fun and amusement, since babies love nothing better than looking at and talking about themselves.

For parents, this is a wonderful exploration of the new world this stranger-baby brings with them.

Published in Spanish (Océano) and French (Rue de Monde), the book soon will be available in English by Groundwood Books (translated by Elisa Amado).

Isol is an illustrator, cartoonist, graphic artist, writer, singer and composer. She was born in 1972 and lives and works in Argentina. More about Isol here.

Photo: Stefan Tell

Photo: Stefan Tell

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