Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (Swedish: Litteraturpriset till Astrid Lindgrens minne) is an international children's literary award established by the Swedish government in 2002 to honour the Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002). The prize is five million SEK, making it the richest award in children's literature and the second or third richest literary prize in the world.
The Lindgren Award annually recognises one or more living people and extant institutions (twelve in the first ten years), people for their career contributions and institutions for their long-term sustainable work. Specifically they should be "authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading" whose "work is of the highest quality, and in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren." The object of the award is to increase interest in children’s and young people's literature, and to promote children's rights to culture on a global level.
"The award recipients are chosen by a jury with broad expertise in international children’s and young adult literature, reading promotion and children’s rights. The 12 members include authors, literary critics and scholars, illustrators and librarians. One member represents Astrid Lindgren's family."
The annual cycle begins no later than December about 9 months before nominees are announced, 15 months before the winner is announced and 18 months before the presentation.
There were two inaugural awards in 2003 and two again in 2005. In eleven annual cycles through 2013 there have been 13 recipients, eleven people and two institutions.
- 2003: Maurice Sendak, United States
- 2003: Christine Nöstlinger, Austria
- 2004: Lygia Bojunga Nunes, Brazil
- 2005: Philip Pullman, United Kingdom
- 2005: Ryōji Arai, Japan
- 2006: Katherine Paterson, United States
- 2007: Banco del Libro, Venezuela
- 2008: Sonya Hartnett, Australia
- 2009: Tamer Institute for Community Education, Palestine
- 2010: Kitty Crowther, Belgium
- 2011: Shaun Tan, Australia
- 2012: Guus Kuijer, Netherlands
- 2013: Isol, Argentina
Four of the Lindgren Award winners have also, and much earlier, won the older, international Hans Christian Andersen Award for their lifetime contributions to children's literature: Sendak as an illustrator; Nöstlinger, Nunes, and Paterson as writers.
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