Archive for the ‘nominating process 2011’ Category

Nominated Candidates for 2015 to be revealed on October 9th

September 29, 2014
Photo: Stefan Tell

Photo: Stefan Tell

On 9 October, the nominees for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) are presented at the international Frankfurt Book Fair. The list of candidates is presented by Boel Westin, Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury.

The program begins at 4:00 pm with the following participants: Silke Weitendorf, Publishing Director at Oetinger Verlag, Jury Chairman Boel Westin, ALMA Director Helen Sigeland and moderator Felicitas von Lowenberg, culture journalist at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.


4:00 pm         Welcome by Gabi Rauch-Kneer, Vice President of the Frankfurt Book Fair

4:05 pm         The Work and World of Barbro Lindgren

4:30 pm         The 2014 Announcement and Beyond

4:40 pm         Presentation of the nominated candidates for 2015

5:00 pm         Reception

Venue: Frankfurt Book Fair, Children‘s Book Centre, 3.0 K 137

The list of the nominated candidates will be published on after the end of the program.

Photo: Stefan Tell

Photo: Stefan Tell

The nomination process for 2013 has started

January 23, 2012

With the announcement of the 2012 ALMA recipient is coming up in March, the nominating process for 2013 has already started. Every year, the ALMA award office invites nominating bodies all over the world to nominate candidates.  A list of the nominating bodies for 2013 have been published on the ALMA web, and among the bodies are: Biblioteca Nacional de Angola, National Library of Indonesia, Foire de Livre de Kinshasa and National Library of Korea.

For this year’s award, the amount of nominated candidates is more than ever – 184 candidates from 66 countries.

The nomination deadline is May 15th. The nominated candidates for 2013 will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2012.

Kostick comments the ALMA nomination

November 8, 2011

“In Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren created one of the most delightfully irreverent and independent characters in children’s literature; this creation was connected to the fact that Astrid Lindgren herself was a radical humanist and opponent of violence. I’m extremely proud to be associated with her legacy. To be awarded a place on the list of nominees is a real honour.”

Author/ promoter of reading Conor Kostick from Ireland comments his nomination for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Read full article in Primary Times here.

“184 candidates or not, it feels very good to be nominated”

October 20, 2011

The words are coming from Michael Rosen, one of the 2012 nominees for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in an article published in the Guardian on October 18th.

“There aren’t many awards where I’d be excited about being on a 184-member longlist”, says nominee Meg Rosoff in the same article, “but the Astrid Lindgren prize is more like being invited to join an exclusive worldwide club. Some of the people I most admire in the world are on the list – Wolf Ehrlbruch, Jutta Bauer, Maira Kalman, Peter Sís, Ulf Stark, Morris Gleitzman, not to mention David Almond and Michael Rosen from the UK. And of course Shaun Tan holds the current title – a thrilling and brilliant choice.”

The announcement of the 2012 nominees has had a media impact all over the world. “It’s a huge sense of honour, I’m thrilled,” Australian author Jackie French tells Australian Associated Press. News agency ANP writes about the Dutch candidates. Czech webpage for books and reading, Citarny, promote illustrator Renata Fucikova, and Portuguese news channels writes about organisation Planeta Tangerina. Among many other news pages…

Radio interview with Larry Lempert

October 19, 2011

After the announcement of the 2012 nominees last Thursday, the Jury Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Larry Lempert, was interviewed by Swedish National Radio (on the programme Alltid nyheter). First, journalist Kris Boswell wanted Larry Lempert to comment the huge amount of nominees for next year’s award:

– This means that the jury’s work becomes much more difficult but also very much more exciting.

Do the candidates for 2012 in any way differ from the previous nominees?

– This year we have storytellers which we´ve not had before. Up to this date, the award has not been given to any storyteller but authors, illustrators and organisations active in reading promotion.

What does this storytelling trend represent?

– We are very book-oriented in Western Europe, while the storytelling tradition has been very widespread historically in Western Europe and especially in other parts of the world. Now, these candidates come forward. We must show respect and listen to the stories and consider how they stand in relation to the other award categories.

– On the whole, I think one wants to draw attention to storytelling. We must listen to each other. We must listen to each other’s stories. It’s a way to get to know each other and it’s a way of understanding the world. So for me, the oral storytelling is as exciting as the written stories.

The whole interview is available (in Swedish) here.

Presentation of the work of Shaun Tan and announcement of nominated candidates

October 15, 2011

To mark the announcement of the list of nominees for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award held a program yesterday at the fair. The audience was welcomed by Gabi Rauch-Kneer, vice president of the Frankfurt Book Fair, followed by a short presentation of the award by soon-to-be director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Helen Sigeland.

The audience was then treated to a presentation of the works and world of Shaun Tan, in the form of a conversation between Andreas Platthaus from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Dr. Christiane Raabe, International Youth Library. Andreas Platthaus pointed out how Shaun Tan always has a vision in his work that he follows and never departs from, and Christiane Raabe talked of Shaun Tan’s ability to put his readers in a certain mood, without having to use words. The audience listened as they discussed a number of Shaun Tan’s books, including The Rabbits (1998), The Arrival (2006) and Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008).

Andreas Platthaus in conversation with Dr. Christiane Raabe.

 Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Jury, then presented the list of nominees for the 2012 award, in a talk with Gesa Füßle. He spoke of the nomination process and of the task of every year starting over with a list of an ever-increasing number of nominees from all over the world. He describes how, by methodically evaluating each candidate, this work eventually leads to the jury being able to announce a recipient each year. Larry Lempert also spoke of the pride he feels every year when announcing the winner, knowing that the prize contributes to reading promotion and raising the awareness of children’s literature all over the world.

Larry Lempert and Gesa Füssle

Following the program there was a reception as the list of candidates was passed out to the audience.

Former Director of award office Erik Titusson with Helen Sigeland.

184 candidates nominated for the 2012 award

October 13, 2011

184 candidates from 66 countries are nominated for the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. This was revealed today at the Frankfurt Book Fair by Larry Lempert, Chairman of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury. The figures show a distinct increase compared to last year.

– It’s very gratifying that the number of nominated candidates and countries represented continue to increase, says Larry Lempert. The jury is full of enthusiasm for the exciting and difficult task to consider the work of so many qualified candidates.

Among the nominees are 38 per cent authors, 21 per cent illustrators, 20 per cent promoters of reading and organisations, and one per cent oral storytellers. 20 per cent of the candidates are nominated in more than one category. Among the candidates are 81 men, 74 women and 29 organisations and projects dedicated to promotion of reading.

The nomination list has eight new countries represented compared to last year: Cyprus, Ecuador, Eritrea, Greenland, Moldova, Mongolia, Tanzania and Zambia.

A complete list of nominees is published on The recipient or recipients of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 will be announced on March 20th 1:00 p.m. CET in Vimmerby, the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren, and online at In 2012 the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be presented for the 10th time.

The boy, the girl and the wall

February 27, 2011

The Swedish writer Ulf Stark (nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) travelled to the West Bank last year. In the Palestinian territories, his book Can you whistle, Johanna? is very popular and he was invited to read from the book and speak about his work.  During his visit he also met with the Tamer Institute for Community Education, the organization which won the 2009 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for its tireless work to promote reading among children and youth on the West Bank and Gaza.

While traveling through the West Bank, Ulf Stark came up with the idea of a new book: Pojken, flickan och muren (The boy, the girl and the wall). Following his trip, the illustrator Anna Höglund (nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) also visited the West Bank to collect inspiration and to make sketches for illustrations to Ulf Stark’s text.

And now, less than a year later, the result of the trips is here:  A beautiful and poetic tale about two children’s resourcefulness living in the shadow of a wall.

Pojken, flickan och muren is published in Swedish by Berghs Förlag and in Arabic by Dar Al Muna simultaneously – an unique publishing project for an unique book .

A New Zealand special

February 22, 2011

The New Zealand Book Council wants to inspire New Zealanders to read more. Their flagship program Writers in schools provides free writer visits for over 50 000 children every year.

Recently they released an amazing film promoting their interactive section Where books comes to life. The video has had close to one million viewers on youtube so far:

Also, the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award Finalists for 2011 were announced today. A list which makes a good starting point to learn more about contemporary children’s books from New Zealand. Among the finalists in the picture book section we find The Moon & Farmer McPhee by Margaret Mahy (nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) and David Elliot. The winners will be announced in May.

Nyhus & Nyhus

February 10, 2011

Twin brothers Svein Nyhus and Egil Nyhus captivated the audience when they presented their work at Maktens Pluttifikasjon in Stavanger. Illustrating twins aren’t an exclusivity for Norway. In Sweden, Lisen Adbåge and Emma Adbåge (also present in Stavanger) booth have successful careers as picture book artists. But the interesting thing about the Nyhus brothers are that they work in very different fields of picture book illustration.

This became very apparent in their presentation. Svein Nyhus counts as one of the great innovators of Norwegian illustration. In fact, he is nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award together with writer Gro Dahle. Egil Nyhus, on the other hand, has chosen a more commercial path, illustrating the hugely successful Kaptein Sabeltann series. In other words, Egil Nyhus route has been much more lucrative. So far. In case Svein Nyhus actually receives the 5 million SEK Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award this will change overnight. But Egil Nyhus need not to worry. He showed a signed contract that guarantees him half the award total in case his brother wins!

In any case, we are sure to hear more from these highly talented and productive brothers.