Jacqueline Woodson accepts Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award before a full Stockholm Concert Hall

Press Releases   •   May 28, 2018 19:11 GMT

​The American author Jacqueline Woodson tonight received the world’s largest literature award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria. Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, Mrs Alice Bah Kuhnke, gave a speech in honour of the laureate.

Nominate for the 2019 award

News   •   Jan 22, 2018 13:59 GMT

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

What makes a mother? Kitty Crowther about her latest book Mother Medusa

Blog posts   •   Jan 07, 2016 11:59 GMT

​Kitty Crowther´s latest book Mother Medusa will soon be published in Swedish. It´s the story of little Irisée who lives with her overprotected mother Medusa. But Irisée is attracted by the other children and wants to go to school. Interview with Kitty Crowther about the Mother Medusa-book and her plans for 2016.

Jacqueline Woodson in Sweden to receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018

Press Releases   •   May 22, 2018 12:27 GMT

The American author Jacqueline Woodson is in Sweden to receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018. Welcome to cover the award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall! The award is presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria attended by Alice Bah Kuhnke, Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy who is giving a speech in honor of the laureate.

ALMA Laureate Jacqueline Woodson to Sweden

Press Releases   •   Apr 24, 2018 11:26 GMT

The American author Jacqueline Woodson will visit Stockholm to accept the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She will take part in a week of ALMA events May 22–28, including lectures, school visits, meetings with young people and a trip to Astrid Lindgren’s Vimmerby. The visit concludes with a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, in which H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria presents her with the award.

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

Press Releases   •   Mar 27, 2018 11:23 GMT

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

Press Releases   •   Mar 26, 2018 06:11 GMT

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.

The world’s largest award (EUR 570 000) for children and young adult literature to be announced on March 27

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2018 16:38 GMT

Following the jury’s final meeting on March 27, the laureate or laureates of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) 2018 will be announced. This is the world's largest and most prestigious award for children's and young adult literature. The announcement takes place simultaneously in Stockholm and Bologna and is also broadcast live.

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

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2017 15:10 GMT

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. The complete list of nominees is now online at www.alma.se/en.

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

Press Releases   •   Oct 02, 2017 12:06 GMT

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.

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.

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The world’s largest award for children's and young adult literature

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.

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