Congratulations Anna Höglund, whose picture book Att vara jag (To be me, our transl. Lilla Piratförlaget, 2015) has received a special mention by the Bologna Ragazzi Award as one out of four titles in the category Fiction.
Anna Höglund is an author and illustrator and member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury. She is considered one of Sweden’s leading illustrators, and has worked with many well-known writers such as Barbro Lindgren, Ulf Stark and Gunnar Lundkvist. She made her debut in 1982 with Sagan om pannkakan (The Pancake Story) and has since published over 20 books, many of which have been translated from Swedish into other languages.
The jury’s quotation reads as follows:
”The dilemmas and choices facing the young girl in this coming-of-age book are told with strongly evocative images. The passage from adolescence to adulthood is seen from the viewpoint of a contemporary woman. Told with great humanity, it never falls into the trap of stereotypes.”
The other categories in the Bologna Ragazzi Award are Non Fiction, New Horizons and Opera Prima. The prizes will be awarded during a ceremony at the Bologna Book Fair, which takes place April 4 to 7.