Yesterday the writer and illustrator Anna Höglund was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Prize, established by publishing house Rabén & Sjögren in 1967 to mark Astrid Lindgren’s 60th birthday. This is prize is given annually on November 14th to writers for children and YA.
The citation of the jury reads:
Anna Höglund’s stories and pictures are poetic and precise, original and beautiful, timely and timeless. She writes about relationships, emotions and identities, about being young and growing up, in ways that resonate and linger with readers of all ages.
Anna Höglund was born in 1958 in Stockholm and is considered one of Sweden’s leading illustrators. She 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.
Her work has been recognized through several Swedish and international awards, including the 1994 Zilveren Penseel award in the Netherlands and the 1995 Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis in Germany, which she shared with Ulf Stark for Kan du vissla Johanna? (Can You Whistle, Johanna?), the 1996 Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis for Resor jag aldrig gjort (Journeys I Have Never Made), and the 1998 Pier Paolo Vergerio European Prize for Children’s Literature for Mina och Kåge (Mina and Kåge). Her latest book, Om detta talar man endast med kaniner (This Is Something You Talk About Only With Rabbits), received the Snowball award in Sweden for the best picture book of 2013.