About the Award

Welcome to the blog of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. The award amounts to SEK 5 million and is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible for the award, which is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature. The UN Convention on the 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.

11 Responses to “About the Award”

  1. Kathleen O Sullivan Says:

    Hello
    I work with and for one of Ireland’s premiere storytellers, Billy Teare.

    As well as being a high profile folk artist, Billy has given 30 years service to telling stories in schools, libraries and every type of community group, with all ages and abilites.

    I wondered how could I have Billy nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award ?

    Any help with this enquiry would be much appreciated

  2. awardoffice Says:

    Kathleen: The best way to have a person or organisation nominated for the award is to present their work to a nominating body. These expert organisations are allowed to nominate four candidates every year. For a complete list of official nominating bodies, visit

    http://www.alma.se/en/Nominations/Nominating-bodies/

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  8. Carissa Says:

    The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award really has maintained its goal to help young children to get an acknowledgement. I truly respect this institution as it inspires people of different cultures to meet up via literature and be known.

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