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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).

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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.

Jury member Annika Edlund awarded the Minerva Prize

October 23, 2014
Photo: Stefan Tell

Photo: Stefan Tell

Children’s librarian and literary educator Annika Edlund has been announced as recipient of Umeå County’s Minerva Prize, which rewards practitioners or promoters of cultural activities related primarily to Västerbotten, in the north of Sweden. This is the citation of the jury (our translation):

“Many people today are talking about a crisis in children’s and youths reading and falling figures concerning lending of books in libraries. That does not apply for Umeå. Umeå residents are using their libraries significantly more than the national average. The same applies to the lending of children’s books, where Umeå has twice as high figures compared with the national average. There are various explanations behind these successes. The most important explanation is that Umeå has many skilled and dedicated librarians who every day make a considerable effort to stimulate and increase peoples interest in books and reading. Annika Edlund is one of these librarians.

Annika is sometimes called ”the super librarian”, an epithet she more than well deserves. For a long time she has been a professional and dedicated volunteer working to increase interest and love of reading for children’s and young adult literature. That has given her a legitimate seat in the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury which annually distributes the world’s finest and largest children’s and young adult literature. She is also one of the founders of the widely spread and highly appreciated reading promotion program at Ersboda Library, the later Grubbe Library, in collaboration with various associations, educational associations and booksellers in Umeå. Annika is also one of the founders and a driving force behind the Book Café Pilgatan which now has developed into a nationally well known and very popular meeting place for Swedish and international authors, lecturers and habitants in Umeå interested in literature and adult education. Therefore Annika Edlund deserves Umeå municipality’s Minerva Prize for 2014, when Umeå is European Capital of Culture.”

Annika Edlund has been a member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury since 2012.

Johan Palmberg, great-grandchild of Astrid Lindgren and new member of the jury

July 4, 2014
Johan Palmberg. Photo: Saltkråkan

Johan Palmberg. Photo: Saltkråkan

Johan Palmberg works as a rights agent for Astrid Lindgren’s books and is Astrid Lindgren’s great-grandson. Since July 1 he is member of the jury.

Tell us about yourself. Who is Johan Palmberg?

That’s a tough question – I’m really not all that different from anyone else. Besides what you already know, I’m very much into music. I play mainly piano in a bunch of different settings. Last year I released an EP with the title Pretend, under the name Johan Nyman och Kol- och stålunionen. It was entirely self-produced and isn’t really relevant here. For obvious reasons, I’m also interested in anything to do with children’s arts and culture. This is a product of my family background and upbringing, when there were always so many great books around to pique my interest. Not just Astrid’s own books, but also books that she helped get published when she worked at publishing houses, and books that were sent to her for other reasons. My interest really blossomed when I first joined Saltkråkan in 2009. I’m really looking forward to getting down to work as a jury member!

You recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. What attracted you to that subject?

The simple answer is that it was the subject I enjoyed most in high school. Above all, I wanted to acquire some practical tools and skills so that I could analyse society and arrive at well-reasoned opinions on a range of issues. What I should have realized is that the more you learn about something, the less certain you become of it – but in any case, I had fun along the way!

Is there a political issue that you studied with particular interest?

I focused on political theory – the least easy-to-grasp branch of political science – and was primarily interested in the question of what could be considered a fair distribution of resources at both national and global level.

You are Astrid Lindgren’s great-grandson. Do you have any special memories of your great-grandmother?

She was getting on a bit when I arrived on the scene, so I don’t really have any memories of playing games, climbing trees and that sort of thing – I’ve just heard about all that from my dad. What I do remember is that she loved to tell stories about the family, and my grandmother would eagerly fill in the details. These stories were often a bit scary and sad. We used to go to Astrid’s house on Dalagatan for Boxing Day dinner every year. I remember how exciting it was for us kids to be given the run of the house, even though all the furnishings were so fine and felt so valuable. She also had the world’s greatest library, an endless source of fascination.

What will you be reading in your hammock this summer?

I’m going to be at work all summer, so won’t have a lot of hammock time, but I’ve just started reading mot.vidare.mot by Johan Jönson and Jakten mot nollpunkten by Carl-Johan de Geer, which will keep me busy for a while. After that, my plan is to read some of the previous laureates to refresh my memory and get an idea of how the jury thinks. And then I hope to make a start on some of this year’s nominees!

35 days left until March 25

February 18, 2014


With 35 days left to the final meeting, the ALMA-jury gathered at the Swedish Arts Council today.

On March 25 they will reach a decision on the2014 laureate (s), which will be announced at 1:00 pm CET.

Photographer André Sebastie documented the jury during one of the breaks.


Ulf Boëthius and Elina Druker.

Ulf Boëthius and Elina Druker.

Congrats Elina Druker!

October 30, 2012
Photo: Stefan Tell

Elina Druker, PhD and member of the ALMA jury, has been appointed University Lecturer in comparative literature with at focus on children and young people. This is the first lectureship with this direction at Stockholm University. The award office caught Elina for a comment between her lectures at the university.

Congratulations on your new job! What significance does it have, do you think, that Stockholm University has instituted this lectureship?

Thanks, I´m really happy! Stockholm University has had a professorship in literature focusing on children’s and young adult literature since the early 80s. It’s great that we get a lectureship in the same direction, it will strengthen our literary profile further.

What are the current issues within the research field of children’s and young adult literature today internationally?

The Research areas expand in different directions, indicating that the topic has been established in many countries. Intermedial research, gender studies and cognitive studies are exciting areas among other things.

You are involved in the project “Children’s Literature, Culture and Cognition”, can you tell us about this?

It is a series of books on new European and Scandinavian children’s literature research, which will be launched soon. We are four editors from four different countries, so it is a very exciting and stimulating cooperation.

Do you have any hopes and aims with this new lectureship?

My special interest is picture books, so I hope to draw attention to the picture book further in my work. It is an area within children’s literature where very much is happening right now, both in Sweden and internationally.

Elina Druker begins her new employment on February 1, 2013.

First jury meeting after the summer

August 31, 2012

Same procedure as every year. Time for documentation of the jury. Photographer Stefan Tell gives directions to the members of the jury. The results will be published on our web next week.

Today, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury gathered after the summer. We took the opportunity to ask Chairman Larry Lempert some questions, during one of the breaks.

Hi Larry, how was your summer?
My summer has been absolutely fantastic. I´ve been sailing in the south of Sweden, and of course, done a lot of reading by both Swedish and international writers. Some detective stories slipped by as well.

You have just about returned from IBBY Congress in London. What are your impressions from that visit?
Well, firstly, we have met professionals that we´re working with at the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, that is authors, illustrators and reading promoters. The IBBY Congress is a very important meeting place which gives me inspiration for the fall. A very exciting seminar for me concerned the subject of storytelling. Among the participants were Sonia Nimr, Dashdongdog Jamba and Michael Harvey.

Congratulations to the Greta Renborg marketing award by the way. How do you feel about that?
I´m very happy, but everyone should market libraries. There are books of course, and so much more! The libraries function as a meeting spot for different people from different cultures. For me, libraries are about passion, curiosity and boundlessness.

Last year, the International Library, which you are in charge of, was appointed “The Library of the Year” in Sweden. What´s the key to these successes?
We who work in the library field see the amazing potential that libraries hold. The International Library is a real treasure, where diversity and languages opens up the world for the entire Swedish population. The work of the International Library is built on a base that reflects the diversity of society. That, along with passion, curiosity and boundlessness, are the reasons why we´ve got attention.

First jury meeting after the summer

August 30, 2011

Today, the jury of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award have their first formal meeting after the summer. The award office caught Larry Lempert, Chairman of the jury, before the meeting:

–I´m excited to meet all the jury members again after a summer of reading, and I´m definitely looking forward to the jury discussions and to turn all the nominees work inside out.

The jury’s work to find the right candidate for the 2012 award continues. The nominated candidates for 2012 will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 13th.

Elina Druker new jurymember

July 18, 2011

We bid the researcher, writer and literary critic Elina Druker very welcome to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Elina assumed her position as member of the ALMA jury on July 1st. She is a researcher with considerable experience in children’s and young adult literature, with special emphasis on picture books. She teaches and lectures in literature, children’s literature and intermediality at Stockholm University, amongst many other things. The award office caught her during her summer holiday in Finland:

How do you view your new assignment as jury member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award?
– It is great fun and such an honor to be part of this important award! The prize has over the years highlighted important writers, artists and organizations, and the interesting candidates reinforces children’s and young adult literature.

What is your relation to Astrid Lindgren?
– I think my relationship with Astrid Lindgren is quite common for people in the Nordic countries. Her books are a part of my childhood, and have given me important reading experiences. As an adult I have continued to read her books for my son. Reading her books as an adult is also a great experience and gives entirely new, often surprising perspectives.

Right now you´re on summer holiday. What books will you bring to the hammock?
– We read a lot aloud at home, inspite of the fact that my son is 14 years old. At the moment we read much science fiction, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the last book read. I have for myself read books by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

Nomination process for 2012 – now open!

January 19, 2011

Before this year’s winner even is announced, we start working on 2012 … This is a way for the award office and the jury to be able to process all nominations in time for the announcement in March 2012.  

Over 400 expert organisations and institutions from all over the world are invited to suggest candidates for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. These nominating bodies have been selected by the jury because of their extensive and in-depth knowledge of children’s and youth literature in their countries or region. Every country in the world may make a nomination in order to promote their children’s and youth literature and their efforts to stimulate reading. The jury also has the right to suggest candidates. No groups or individuals may apply for the prize or nominate themselves.

Nominations must be received by the award office by May 16 at the latest. The nominees will be be made official in October.

The Jacqueline Wilson Award in Children’s Literature Research

December 5, 2010

The first winner of the Jacqueline Wilson Award in Children’s Literature Research was recently announced at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Professor Maria Nikolajeva, former member of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, presented the award to Clémentine Beauvais for her master thesis Training the philosopher-king: Platonic ideology in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

The award has been made possible through a donation by one of Britain’s most loved children’s book authors, Jacqueline Wilson. It shall be given annually to the best masters thesis in children’s literature submitted at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, within each academic year.

Here’s an excerpt from Jacqueline Wilson’s speech, read at the ceremony:

It’s wonderful that studying Children’s Literature is now a perfectly viable and respectable academic option. All of us grey-haired surviving practitioners of Children’s Literature remember the strange attitudes of the past. Even though the 1960s are considered the Golden Age of Children’s Literature, somehow those brilliant writers were considered to be indulging in some decorous harmless hobby – like knitting woolly animals or constructing miniature buildings out of matchsticks.

I had my first children’s novel published in the early eighties. Let us say the reception was under-whelming. For many subsequent years I worked hard producing at least two children’s novels a year. I had good reviews but very modest sales. I lost count of the number of well-meaning friends who said in an encouraging manner, “Perhaps you’ll be able to get an adult novel published one day.”

It was my friend Philip Pullman who remarked that no-one ever tells a Paediatrician that they might be able to work with adults one day. But Philip, and Michael Morpurgo and Anne Fine and many others kept on writing specially for children – and at last we’re all recognised as participators in our chosen genre. The wondrous Harry Potter phenomenon has changed the way Children’s Literature is perceived. You can now become rich and famous if you are a children’s writer, so inevitably you are taken more seriously by the general public. And at last there are brilliant further degree courses in Children’s Literature where students can study the subject seriously.”

The full speech can be read here.