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Nominees announced for 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

October 15, 2015

Nominees announced for 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Next year 215 candidates from 59 countries will be in the running for the world’s largest children’s literature award, jury chair Boel Westin announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair today.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) recognizes creators of literature in a broad sense. Nominees include authors, illustrators, storytellers, and persons and organisations who work to promote literacy. Jury chair Westin said:

“We are deeply impressed by the work of the nominating bodies in proposing qualified candidates for ALMA. I hope the nominee list will be an active reference for literacy promoters and educators around the world as they seek out the most outstanding contemporary literature for children and young adults.”

A total of 111 nominating bodies worldwide proposed candidates for the 2016 award. Many chose to re-nominate previous candidates, but this year’s list also includes 42 new names. New nominating countries for this year are China, Nicaragua, Palestine, Austria, and the United Arab Emirates. The complete list of nominees is online at www.alma.se.

“The jury now has the hard but very pleasant and rewarding job of finding one or more laureates for 2016. We have meetings once a month and between meetings we read piles of books and documents.”

The laureate or laureates of the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced in Stockholm and Bologna immediately following the jury’s final meeting on April 5 of next year.

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.

Nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2016 to be revealed on October 15

September 29, 2015

Nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2016 to be revealed on October 15

The list of nominated candidates for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2016 will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The program is a co-operation with the Frankfurt Book Fair and begins at 4.00 pm with a presentation of this year’s laureate, the South African promoting reading organisation PRAESA, Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa. After the presentation the nomination list will be available on the award website.

A list of the nominating bodies for 2016 is published on http://www.alma.se/en.

For questions and interviews in Frankfurt with Jury Chairman Boel Westin and PRAESA representative Carole Bloch please contact Communications Officer Helene Andersson.

PRAESA and Daniel Goldin to Göteborg Book Fair

August 25, 2015

PRAESA and Daniel Goldin to Göteborg Book Fair

Several international reading promoters will visit Sweden and Göteborg Book Fair on September 24-27. This year’s laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the South African organisation PRAESA, and Daniel Goldin, publisher and Director of the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, will participate in seminars and programs at the Swedish Art Council’s Young Stage (Ung scen). 

– We are excited about this year’s Book Fair, says ALMA Director Helen Sigeland. We hope that many visitors will be inspired by PRAESA’s amazing work, which focuses on encouraging children to read for enjoyment, building their self-esteem and helping them connect to their native language through reading and stories, which is highly topical issue today.

PRAESA is represented by Arabella Koopman, Content Manager for the national reading promotion project Nal’ibali, a network of reading clubs that uses media campaigns to encourage children to read and inspire parents, grandparents and teachers to read with them.

– Daniel Goldin is one of the world’s foremost reading promoters, a brilliant inspirer, says Helen Sigeland. Daniel Goldin is the publisher who discovered the 2013 ALMA Laureate Isol’s talent for illustrated children’s books.

Young stage (Ung scen) is situated in Hall A 03:22.

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.

Strong feelings when PRAESA received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2015

June 1, 2015

Strong feelings when PRAESA received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2015

It was an emotional moment when Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) was presented to the South African reading promotion PRAESA by Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke. PRAESA, Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, is the first laureate ever from the African continent.

At the Stockholm Concert Hall PRAESA was represented by Director Carole Bloch, Training Coordinator Ntombizanele Mahobe and Programmes Support Officer Malusi Ntoyapi. In her speech Carole Bloch emphasized how stories actually can change children’s and young people’s lives:

– We believe that the stories we tell, write and read can change lives. Sharing stories inspire us all to struggle against becoming overwhelmed by the challenges we meet each day in our fractured and profoundly unequal society. This is also the impetus behind the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign PRAESA runs.

The Minister for Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke, underlined the importance of culture for democracy:

– For me as a minister of both culture and democracy it is very encouraging to see PRAESAs successful work using culture to strengthen democracy. A wide range of culture, arts and literature that reaches both adults and children is a prerequisite for democratic development and for preserving democracy.

Artist Kristina Amparo performed her own songs during the evening, and Swedish rap artist Petter performed his own text Fäller en tår. The program also included a street dance performance inspired by the South African Kwaito music style.

Host for the evening was Ingemar Fasth, Head of Literature and Libraries at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

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.

Lena Kåreland new member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury

May 28, 2015

Lena Kåreland new member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury

Today the Swedish Arts Council appointed Lena Kåreland as member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury from July 1, 2015.

Lena Kåreland is Professor Emerita in Literature with a focus on didactics and literary theory. She is a member of the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books’ scientific board for producing a work on the history of Swedish children’s and young adult literature. She also reviews Swedish and foreign children’s literature in the Swedish National newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Lena Kåreland has written some 15 books focusing on children and young adult literature, including monographs on Lennart Hellsing, Tove Jansson and Astrid Lindgren and has published numerous articles and essays in Swedish magazines and books.

She was awarded by the Swedish Academy in 2011, received the Gulliver Award in 1998 and the Karin Westman Berg Scholarship in 2013. She replaces Larry Lempert, who served the jury for 13 years, 10 of which as chairman.

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.

Focus on the joy of books and storytelling in this year’s award week

April 28, 2015

Focus on the joy of books and storytelling in this year’s award week

This year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) week begins on Monday May 25. Representatives from South African organisation PRAESA will visit Stockholm and Vimmerby to participate in an extensive program targeting students, educators, media and an interested general public.

– Through their work, PRAESA has shown how crucial books and stories are in creating rich lives for children and young people, says Director Helen Sigeland. With their efforts to make literature vibrant in several languages and to raise children’s self-esteem as a starting point, we hope to inspire and engage. Many people want to meet them, and in the program this year the interaction with students and educators are particularly prominent. We are obviously very delighted and excited about this!

PRAESA, the Project of the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, is an organisation working to promote reading and literature for children and young people. They were announced as this year’s recipient on March 31. In Sweden, PRAESA will be represented by Director Carole Bloch, Training Coordinator Ntombizanele Mahobe and Malusi Ntoyapi, Programmes Support Officer.

Selection of planned events during the award week:

May 26 Participation in the award ceremony for the reading promotion project Children and Books.
May 26 Public talk with author and jury member Mats Kempe at Kulturhuset.
May 27 Workshop with children at Kulturhuset.
May 28 Visit to Hjulsta elementary school that runs the project “The world’s ALMA”.
May 29 Visit to the Astrid Lindgren school in Vimmerby.
May 29 Opening of the new exhibition The whole world’s burning! at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs.
June 1 Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

More information about the award week will be published on www.alma.se/en.

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.

Reactions in media

April 2, 2015

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The news that PRAESA was announced as the 2015 ALMA Laureate on Tuesday resulted in reactions from many news channels from different parts of the world. Here are some examples of media covering the announcement:

Boersenblatt

The Guardian

BBC News

Frankfurter Allgemeine

El Universo

The Times of India

Global Post

Artsmatters

Reuters

Africa News

The Hindu

Daily Journal

Neue Bücher Zeitung

Publishers Weekly

Daily Herald

The story was also reported in several South African media channels, such as

Times Live

Business Day

Cape Times

Sowetan News

 

Philip Pullman, author and 2005 ALMA Laureate was among the first to congratulate PRAESA:

My warm congratulations to PRAESA, and my hopes that the award will do wonders for the encouragenment of reading and storytelling in South Africa.
Philip Pullman

A day to remember

April 1, 2015

Our photographer Stefan Tell worked hard yesterday afternoon – here are some of his photos from the announcement at the National Library of Sweden.

Speech by Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke.

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Jury Chairman Boel Westin announced the 2015 Laureate: PRAESA!

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Reactions from the audience at the National Library!

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Henry Ascher, professor of paediatrics and member of the ALMA jury presented the work of PRAESA.

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Neville Alexander, the founder of PRAESA.

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The press conference was followed by interviews…

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…and interviews…

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…and some more interviews.

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And outside the sun was shining! 🙂

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Tomorrow is the day

March 30, 2015

Soundcheck and rehearsals at the National Library of Sweden before the big day tomorrow!

Lisa Haglund, the Award office.

Lisa Haglund, the Award office.

Producer Niklas Lind and sound technician Calle Nordstrand.

Sound technician Calle Nordstrand and producer Niklas Lind.

 

Crown Princess Victoria opened the Astrid Lindgren exhibition in Seoul today

March 25, 2015

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Joohwi Kang at the Embassy of Sweden in Seoul about the exhibition that opened earlier today:

The Embassy of Sweden in Seoul holds the exhibition of <Astrid Lindgren and Pippi> at the National Library of Children and Young Adults on 26 Mar (Thu)- 31 May (Sun). Co-organized by the National Library of Children and Young Adults, the exhibition is to give insights about the Swedish children’s literature to the Korean children and young adults. The exhibition comprises introduction of the life of Astrid Lindgren, Lindgren’s famous stories, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and previous laureates of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and Children’s corner to play and read.

Today, the Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden paid a visit to the library to inaugurate the exhibition during her official visit to the Republic of Korea at the invitation by the Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo. Accompanying the Crown Princess Couple is the Swedish Minister for Social Security, Ms Annika Strandhäll and a small delegation of senior officials.

The opening ceremony took place with the existence of Mr PARK Min-kwon (Vice Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism), Mr LIM Won-sun (Chief Executive of the National Library of Korea), Ms YEO Wee-sook (Director General of the National Library for Children and Young Adults), Ms KIM Su-jung, President of Korean Board on Books for Young People (KBBY), Ms BAEK Heena (Children’s book writer and ALMA nominee 2015) and many more VIP guests. The participating guests celebrate the opening and the 70th birthday of Pippi who is well known character among Koreans through TV series.

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