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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.

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Nominate to the 2017 award

News   •   Jan 25, 2016 09:04 GMT

Today the nomination process to the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award opens. All countries of the world are welcome to submit nominations, and to take the opportunity to present their children’s and young adult literature and their reading promotion activities.

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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.

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

Press Releases   •   May 29, 2017 19:49 GMT

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.

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H.R.H. Crown Princess of Sweden to Present German Illustrator Wolf Erlbruch with the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Press Releases   •   May 22, 2017 08:17 GMT

Welcome to cover the award ceremony of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017, to be presented the German Illustrator Wolf Erlbruch. Time: Monday May 29, 6:00 - app. 7:10 pm Venue: Stockholm Concert Hall

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Wolf Erlbruch to Sweden

Press Releases   •   May 04, 2017 08:04 GMT

The German illustrator and picturebook author Wolf Erlbruch is coming to Sweden to receive the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) and to give a public lecture. The award is presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria at a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 29 May 2017 attended by Alice Bah Kuhnke, Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy.

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Wolf Erlbruch is the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award laureate

Press Releases   •   Apr 04, 2017 11:04 GMT

Wolf Erlbruch, born in 1948, is a German illustrator and picturebook author. 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. Wolf Erlbruch has written some ten books of his own and illustrated nearly fifty titles by other authors.

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Pre-alert: The world’s largest award for children and young adult literature to be announced on April 4

Press Releases   •   Mar 28, 2017 08:27 GMT

Welcome to cover the 15th announcement of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 12:45pm CEST at the National Library in Stockholm, Sweden. ALMA is the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature. The award amounts to EUR 570 000 and is presented annually to a single recipient or to several.

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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017 to be announced on April 4th

Press Releases   •   Feb 21, 2017 10:44 GMT

The announcement of the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) takes place Tuesday April 4th 1:00 pm CET at the National Library in Stockholm. Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy in Sweden is giving a speech and Jury Chairman Boel Westin will announce the laureate of 2017.

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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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