Nominees for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018 to be announced on October 12

The candidates for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018 will be presented on October 12 at the Frankfurt Book Fair. So far, seventeen laureates have received the Award, the latest recipient is the German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch. The award amounts to SEK 5 million (approx. EUR 570 000), making it the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature.

The list of nominated candidates is a gold mine for anyone interested in international children’s and young adult literature – and would not be possible without the work of more than a hundred nominating bodies from all over the world. Welcome to join us when the list of names is revealed!


Programme 12 October at 4 pm CET
4.00 pm Welcome by Gabi Rauch-Kneer, vice president of Frankfurter Buchmesse
4.05 pm Prof. Boel Westin, Chairman of the ALMA Jury and Journalist Marcel Plagemann, present the work of Wolf Erlbruch.
4.40 pm Helen Sigeland, Director of ALMA, about upcoming events.
4.45 pm Prof. Boel Westin, Chairman of the ALMA Jury, reveals the candidates for the 2018 award.

The event is a co-operation with the Frankfurt Book Fair and takes place at the Children’s Book Centre (Hall 3.0 K 139). The nomination list of 2018 will be available on www.alma.se/en shortly after the programme.

Earlier ALMA laureates

2017 Wolf Erlbruch, Germany
2016 Meg Rosoff, United Kingdom/United States
2015 PRAESA, South Africa
2014 Barbro Lindgren, Sweden
2013 Isol, Argentina
2012 Guus Kuijer, Netherlands
2011 Shaun Tan, Australia
2010 Kitty Crowther, Belgium
2009 Tamer Institute, Palestine
2008 Sonya Hartnett, Australia
2007 Banco del Libro, Venezuela
2006 Katherine Paterson, United States
2005 Ryôji Arai, Japan and Philip Pullman, United Kingdom
2004 Lygia Bojunga, Brazil
2003 Christine Nöstlinger, Austria and Maurice Sendak, United States

For questions and interviews with Boel Westin or director Helen Sigeland, please contact
Communications Officer Mariella Kucer +46 76 540 10 17, mariella.kucer@alma.se

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.

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