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The American author Jacqueline Woodson is the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018

March 27, 2018

The American author Jacqueline Woodson is the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018

Jacqueline Woodson is an American author, born in 1963 and residing in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of more than thirty books, including novels, poetry and picture books. She writes primarily for young teens, but also for children and adults. One of her most lauded books is the award winning autobiographical Brown Girl Dreaming (2014).

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. The award amounts to 5 million Swedish krona (approx. $613,000 or EUR 500 000) and is given annually to a single laureate or to several.

The citation of the jury reads:
“Jacqueline Woodson introduces us to resilient young people fighting to find a place where their lives can take root. In language as light as air, she tells stories of resounding richness and depth. Jacqueline Woodson captures a unique poetic note in a daily reality divided between sorrow and hope.”

Jacqueline Woodson frequently writes about teens making the transition from childhood to adult life. Masterful characterization and a deep understanding of the adolescent psyche are hallmarks of her work. Her books are written in the first person, usually from a female point of view. Racism, segregation, economic injustice, social exclusion, prejudice and sexual identity are all recurring themes. In January she was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in the United States.

“It’s important to hold up mirrors for kids to see their experience is legitimate. Too often those mirrors aren’t there for them,” says Woodson.

Woodson made her authorial debut in 1990 with Last Summer With Maizon, the first book in a trilogy about a friendship between two girls. The Dear One, a story about teen pregnancy, came out the same year. After Tupac and D Foster (2008) is a story about the meaning of everything, about freedom and realizing that all is not what it seems. Passionate, lightning-bolt love is portrayed in If You Come Softly (1998). In Beneath A Meth Moon (2012), the fifteen-year-old protagonist must face uncomfortable memories to leave her past behind and break free of a drug addiction.

In Brown Girl Dreaming, a free-verse memoir for which she received the prestigious National Book Award, Woodson not only describes her own childhood in South Carolina and later New York, but also shines a light on African-American history. The young Jacqueline grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, decades marked in the US by civil rights marches, police brutality and violence. The book’s detailed descriptions of characters and settings reveal fault lines in society, pointing out the differences between different groups. Woodson’s most recent novel, Another Brooklyn, published in 2016 and a National Book Award nominee, portrays the fascination and challenges of growing up as a young girl in the Brooklyn of the 1970s.

Her books have been translated into more than ten languages.Woodson’s many honours include the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Newbery Honor Awards.

A complete list of Jacqueline Woodson’s works is at www.alma.se/en under the heading Laureates.

Author Website: www.jacquelinewoodson.com

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on May 28, 2018.

Further Information
Mariella Kucer, Communications Officer
Phone: +46 (0)76 540 10 17
E-mail: 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 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.

The world’s largest award for children and young adult literature to be announced on March 27

March 26, 2018

The world’s largest award for children and young adult literature to be announced on March 27

Welcome to cover the 16th announcement of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature.The Swedish award amounts to approx.EUR 570 000 and is presented annually to a single recipient or to several.

When & Where:
Tuesday March 27 at 12:45pm CEST, Bio Victor/ Filmhuset, Borgvägen 1-4 in Stockholm.

The 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) Laureate will be announced in Stockholm, Sweden on March 27 by Jury Chairman Boel Westin in connection with the jury’s final meeting. Opening speakers are Ulrika Stuart Hamilton, Chair at the Swedish Arts Council, and Alice Bah Kuhnke, Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy. The announcemnet will be followed by a presentation of the laureate by jury member Katarina Kieri.

Last year’s laureate was the German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch. Previous laureates include Meg Rosoff (2016), Philip Pullman (2005), Kitty Crowther (2010), Barbro Lindgren (2014) and Shaun Tan (2011). For this year’s award, 235 candidates from 60 countries are nominated. The list of candidates is available here.

Footage and images
Press content, along with press releases, will be available on www.mynewsdesk.com/alma March27th from 13:15 pm CET onwards and throughout the day:

  • Audio recording of the phone call to the laureate
  • Broadcast-quality b-roll of the announcement
  • Soundbites / interviews with the Jury Chairman
  • High-resolution still images of the event
  • In addition: images and video from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair where the announcement will be broadcasted live.
  • Accreditation and interviews
    Please contact Mariella Kucer, Communications Officer +46 8 519 264 17 / +46 76 540 10 17, mariella.kucer@alma.se

    Live broadcast
    We are also able to offer media outlets the opportunity to broadcast the event live on their webpage via an embed codeOR a IP-broadcaster. If interested, please let us know by replying to this email or by contacting us at 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.

    Previous ALMA laureates:

    2017 Wolf Erlbruch

    2016 Meg Rosoff

    2015 PRAESA

    2014 Barbro Lindgren

    2013 Isol

    2012 Guus Kuijer

    2011 Shaun Tan

    2010 Kitty Crowther

    2009 Tamerinstitutet

    2008 Sonya Hartnett

    2007 Banco del Libro

    2006 Katherine Paterson

    2005 Ryôji Arai & Philip Pullman (shared)

    2004 Lygia Bojunga

    2003 Christine Nöstlinger & Maurice Sendak (shared)

    Thank You!

    February 19, 2018

    Dear followers of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award blog. We started this blog in 2009 in order to make it easier for you to follow our work. But time changes and so do we! We have now decided to put this blog on hold and will not be writing any new posts. We would like to thank those of you who have been with us all this time, especially those of you who have been writing for us! And don’t worry, the blog will be kept alive for you to read previous – and still inspiring post.

    Want to stay up to date with ALMA? Please sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any information on upcoming events or reports on the laureate or laureates of the 2018 award! You can easily subscribe on our website, just follow this link. Please also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

    Keep up your work for children’s literature worldwide!

    Kind Regards
    The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award office in Stockholm, Sweden

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    Nominate for the 2019 award

    January 22, 2018

    Nominate for the 2019 award

    Today the nomination process for the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award opens. We welcome you to submit your nomination by following this link to our online form.

    Only nominating bodies approved by the jury have the right to nominate candidates. The list of nominators is available on alma.se/en. These organisations represent countries from all over the world, and when submitting a nomination they’re taking the opportunity to present the children’s and young adult literature, and reading promotion activities, of their respective countries.

    Each nominating body can nominate a maximum of four candidates: two candidates from the organisation’s own country and two candidates from other countries. Attached you will find further information on the nomination process and regulations. Please note that the final date for submitting nominations is May 15, 2018.

    The award office would like to establish a closer contact with our nominating bodies and we are always interested in receiving updates on the activities of your organisation. You are most welcome to contact the award office and/or meet us at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, March 26-29. You will find us in Hall 21, Stand C46.

    The name of the 2018 laureate(s) will be revealed at a press conference held in Stockholm on Tuesday March 27 at 13.00. This announcement will be broadcast live on our website as well as to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and you will receive an invitation by post to this event at the fair shortly.

    Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the nomination process, and we look forward to receiving your nomination!

    Kind regards,

    Helen Sigeland, Director
    Mariella Kucer, Communication officer
    Lisa Haglund, Desk officer

    Nominees announced for the world’s largest award for children and young adult literature 2018

    October 12, 2017

    Nominees announced for the world’s largest award for children and young adult literature 2018

    Next year, 235 candidates from 60 countries will be in the running for the world’s largest and most prestigious children’s literature award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This was announced today by ALMA jury chairman Professor Boel Westin at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

    Click here for the complete list of nominated candidates for ALMA 2018!

    “The nomination list is a gold mine for anyone interested in international children’s and YA literature. I hope that this list will be spread and used in all possible situations concerning reading and storytelling.” says professor Boel Westin after making the announcement.

    More than hundred nominating bodies worldwide have proposed candidates for the 2018 award. This time, the jury has 235 candidates from 60 countries to consider. All continents are represented among the nominated writers, illustrators, reading promoters and storytellers. Many candidates are re-nominated, but this year’s list also includes 40 new names. United Kingdom has the highest number of nominees. New countries to enter the nomination list are Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Antigua and Barbuda.

    So far, seventeen laureates have received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). The latest recipient is the German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch, who exclaimed “Oh dear” when he got the call from the jury earlier this spring. The award rewards works or activities of the highest quality but the laureates must also embrace the humanistic values that Astrid Lindgren treasured.

    “The jury now has the hard but very pleasant and rewarding job of finding one or more laureates for 2018. We have meetings once a month and between meetings we read piles of books and documents. I look forward to learn more about the works and the activities of the candidates.” says Boel Westin.

    The laureate or laureates of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced in Stockholm and Bologna immediately following the jury’s final meeting on March 27 of next year.

    The nomination event is a co-operation with the Frankfurt Book Fair and took place at the Kids Stage (Hall 3.0 K 139).

    For information or interview requests, please contact
    Mariella Kucer, Communications Officer
    Phone: +46 (0)76 5401017
    E-mail: 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.

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

    October 2, 2017

    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.

    Discover our reading guides

    August 29, 2017
    Meg Rosoff visits Hjulsta ELementary School in may 2016.

    Meg Rosoff visits Hjulsta ELementary School in may 2016. Photo: Stefan Tell

    Summer is almost over and a new term has started for most students. Now is perfect timing to read a new book, so why not let our reading guides inspire you? The guides contain an introduction of the author or illustrator, description of the contents, a suggested interpretation and topics for discussions. They are meant to be used in book circles, in schools or just as inspiration for further reading. Twelve books by ten laureates are available and easy to download for free, from Kitty Crowther’s Alors? for younger children, to Meg Rosoff’s existential books for young adults and Shaun Tan’s completely wordless work The Arrival. Just click on the titles!

    Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

    Secret trilogi by Barbro Lindgren

    Petit, the Monster by Isol

    It´s Useful to Have a Duck and Nocturne – Dream Recipes by Isol

    The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer

    The Arrival by Shaun Tan

    Alors? by Kitty Crowther

    Lénfant Racine by Kitty Crowther

    The Devil Latch by Sonya Hartnett

    The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Hartnett

    The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

    Basu ni Notte by Ryôji Arai

    Northen Lights by Philip Pullman

    My Friend the Painter by Lygia Bojunga

    Fly Away Home by Christine Nöstlinger

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    “Take a minute in the grocery aisle to read the marmalade label out loud. Be surprised by what it says!”

    July 9, 2017
    Books in the grass

    Books are perfect to read outdoors …

    Swedish Reading Promoter Anne-Marie Körling sends warm summer greetings to parents and children with some tips on ways that reading for pleasure can bring us closer together, offer intellectual enrichment and take us on adventures beyond space and time.

    Summer is here! Long, lazy days with plenty of time for independent reading. Comic books, popular series books, reading-out-loud books—there are so many ways to continue the adventure of learning to read and being a reader. As a teacher, I know that summer reading is important to support school-year lessons and keep reading skills sharp. Having said that, let me stress that vacation is vacation. Let reading be fun!

    Take advantage of this chance to read with your child. Listen to radio serials or recorded stories. Chat about the fact that you’re reading and how you read. Take a minute in the grocery aisle to read the marmalade label out loud. Be surprised by what it says! Grownups are role models for children and young adults. They do what we do; they imitate us. Let them see and hear you reading, and talk to them about what texts tell you.

    We develop as readers through the act of reading, and it’s important not to get out of practice. But children don’t have to read as if they’re prepping for an exam. Reading for the sheer pleasure of the story doesn’t feel like practice at all. Children who are allowed to read what they like learn to like reading. And they need to share what they read with interested grownups. I saw a grandfather stand for a long time in front of a sign with his grandchild, letting the child tell him the letters as they sounded out the words together. See if you can find simple, spontaneous opportunities for reading wherever you go.

    Libraries and bookstores are places to discover books in all their diversity. Browse a bookstore. Pick up a few books. Visit your library and take a moment to sit, read, leaf through some pages, and just be where the books are. When your child brings over a book, share their enthusiasm. Ask them what it was that caught their interest. Bring the book into your conversation. Ask about the book and listen to the stories your child tells you. Look at the illustrations and talk about what you see. Libraries have librarians whose job is to promote reading. They have a professional curiosity about their books and how they reach readers. Talk to a librarian. Bookstores have knowledgeable staff with favorites to recommend, both old and new. Talk to a bookseller.

    If your child likes series, borrow ten library books by the same author. Be thrilled that there are more where those came from! Read out loud to your child from books that are past their reading level. If reading out loud feels uncomfortable, remember: your child loves your voice. They don’t care how you read, only that you read. Reading to your child is a way of sharing adventures with them, whether exciting, sad, or  funny. You can test the waters with a short book first. And yes, keep reading to your child even after they can read for themselves. Another way to do summer reading is independently, together. Pick a time for everyone to hang out together while reading their own book or magazine. Try a half-hour every day, just for fun. Read on a tablet, in a book, in a newspaper—read anything at all. You’ll not only be reading but also sharing a joint activity.

    Reading is a return ticket to a summer adventure–to a place outside space and time, where we readers are warmed by the sun that shines from our stories.

    Anne-Marie Körling,
    Swedish National Reading Promoter

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    Meet the illustrator Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson, creator of the diploma for ALMA 2017.

    June 27, 2017

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    Tell us about yourself. Who is Marcus-Gunnar?
    Marcus-Gunnar is a pretty uncomplicated guy who really likes to draw.

    What was your reaction to being asked to do this year’s diploma?
    When I got the question I was actually going through a crisis of confidence. Feeling like my work didn’t measure up, like “everything I do is ugly.” I imagined other people laughing at everything I did: “That guy, he can’t make books, he can’t draw.” I told myself that maybe I should just forget about making picture books at all. I guess a lot of people can relate to what I was feeling just then. Which turned right around when I got this assignment! It was such an honor. I was incredibly happy and thankful. It was like a confirmation that I might be on the right track after all.

    What were the hardest and easiest parts?
    The hardest part was finding an idea and deciding what path to take. But once I made that decision, all I had to do was draw and get lost in the visual world.

    Describe your creative process!
    I have a process that sometimes makes my work harder. It is largely based on “coincidence.” For example, spilling a cup of coffee and sketching up a subject from the outlines of the stain. I have an initial idea for the content, but I let the stain decide the composition and improvisation. I began by reading Wolf Erlbruch’s books and looking at his visual world. I regret to say that I didn’t know his work before the prize was announced. I’m glad to have learned about a new (to me) and fantastic illustrator and author. Pretty quickly, I noticed a common theme in his stories, having to do with the significance of animals. Poetic, humorous animals wearing clothes. I also thought his images were musical and had a quality of depth.

    I had a lot of ideas early on, but none of them felt good. Then after a lot of wavering and a conversation with Maja K. Zetterberg, who did the typography, we realized that previous diplomas are based on a concept, not a body of work.

    So I read the books again. I started focusing on the river in Duck, Death and the Tulip. I visualized a scene where different kinds of animals were sitting and playing on different instruments. The notes float off and connect to poetic and musical elements. Later I read an interview with Erlbruch in a Swedish paper, where he said that he tries to make his pictures musical. I worked up five subjects from a couple of coffee stains and picked the one that felt best. Or so I thought! It was, in fact, a picture of animals wearing clothes, playing instruments as their notes float away, and at the end Duck and Death sit listening. I finished it, but it didn’t feel right. So I did five more sketches. Then in the end I went for the first one after all. It became very detailed and I really wanted it all to feel thoroughly worked out. Then I took the original to Stockholm, Maja worked her magic on the paper, and voila!

    What made you decide to be a professional illustrator?
    It feels less like a decision and more like getting swept away in the rapids!

    You’ve illustrated several books by other authors, most recently Vi letar skatt (We’re hunting treasure). When will we see your own story?
    I will be actually working on some stories this summer and during the rest of this year! We’ve just had a baby
    , so I have to snatch hours where I can find them. But having a child is also a big inspiration. It brings back so many childhood memories. I’m new to writing, but I have fantastic editors, and my publishers all want to help me make it happen. I’m psyched about it. The spirit is ready! I just have to find the time.

    What are your current projects?
    Being a new parent is the biggest one! Besides that, I’m finishing up a book by the author Stefan Casta, Det magiska stoftet (The magic dust), coming out this fall. Later I’ll be working on some books of my own for several different publishers. But there’s no deadline for half of them. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year. In a way I feel like this is the moment when my life really begins. Maybe because it’s summertime!

    Wolf Erlbruch, Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson and Maja K. Zetterberg

    In the front: Wolf Erlbruch and his diploma. Smiling behind him are Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson together with Maja K. Zetterberg who did the typography.

    Discover the work of Marcus-Gunnar at marcusgunnar.se/

     

    Wolf Erlbruch accepts Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award before a full Stockholm Concert Hall

    May 29, 2017

    Wolf Erlbruch accepts Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award before a full Stockholm Concert Hall

    Wolf Erlbruch tonight received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria. Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, Mrs Alice Bah Kuhnke, gave a speech in honour of the laureate.

    During the evening, musical entertainment was provided by Swedish opera singer Rickard Söderberg and the Sami artist Sofia Jannok. A dance adaption of Wolf Erlbruch’s book Duck, Death and the Tulip was performed by Fredrik Quiňones and Stacey Aung, choreographed by Mari Carrasco. The ceremony was hosted by Yukiko Duke, journalist and critic. Apart from the prize sum, 5 million SEK, the laureate received a diploma illustrated by Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson and Maja K Zetterberg.

    “Being an illustrator, means you never work without a given text. To start reading a new manuscript is like entering a foreign country. You know nobody.” said Wolf Erlbruch in is acceptance speech.

    He won the audience’s heart by loosing his glasses before starting to speak. Erlbruch also mentioned the difficulties of sometimes finding the right pictures. 

    “Some texts more or less illustrate themselves. Then there is poetry, which is impossible to translate.” said Wolf Erlbruch before finishing his speech by reciting from his favourite poem by Seamus Heaney.

    In her congratulatory speech, Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke said:

    “Mr Erlbruch is a brave writer and in many ways his writing is reminiscent of Astrid Lindgren’s. His work reflects what children’s lives are like – they contain the light-hearted and the deeply existential, side by side. We are in awe of the incomprehensible, we find happiness in small pleasures and we become angry over injustices.”

    About Wolf Erlbruch
    Born in 1948, is a German illustrator and picturebook author. He has written some ten books of his own and illustrated nearly fifty titles by other authors. He is best known for his illustrations of The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business (1994), which became a great success around the world.


    For further information, please contact:

    Mariella Kucer, Communications Officer
    Tel +46(0)765401017
    E-mail: 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.