2018 Astrid Lindgren Award Nominees


Neil Gaiman, Ursula K.Le Guin, Judy Blume and Eric Carle are among the nominees for the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, worth 5 million krona, the world’s largest cash prize for children’s literature.

The award is given to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters for work “of the highest artistic quality” featuring the “humanistic values” of the late Pippi Longstocking author, for whom the award is named. Lindgren died in 2002 at the age of 94.

The 235 candidates from 60 countries nominated for the 2018 award were named at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 12. The winner will be announced on March 27, 2018.

The list of nominated candidates is presented in alphabetical order following the jump. Links lead to more information, often in the candidate’s own language. (Apologies for the appearance of “?” where WordPress won’t reproduce the appropriate character.)

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Erlbruch Wins 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Wolf Erlbruch, a German illustrator and picturebook author, has won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest cash prize for children’s literature. The award jury selected Erlbruch out of 226 candidates from 60 countries.

The 5 million Swedish krona award honors the entire body of an author’s work. The award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. It is given authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters for work “of the highest artistic quality” featuring the “humanistic values” of the late Pippi Longstocking author, for whom the award is named. Lindgren died in 2002 at the age of 94.

He is best known for his illustrations of The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business (1994) – a book about an angry little mole who gets poop on his head and sets out to track down the guilty party. Wolf Erlbruch has written ten books of his own and illustrated nearly fifty titles by other authors.

The jury citation reads:

Wolf Erlbruch makes existential questions accessible and manageable for readers of all ages. With humour and warmth deeply rooted in humanist ideals, his work presents the universe on our scale. He is a master of the illustrator’s art who honours tradition whilst opening new creative doors. Wolf Erlbruch is a careful and caring visionary.

His Duck, Death and the Tulip (2008), a tender story in which little Duck gets a visit from Death, has been hailed as a modern classic and often described as the most beautiful book ever published about death.

Erlbruch has received numerous awards, including the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his complete works.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on May 29.

Drawing from the book Duck, Death and the Tulip (Ente, Tod und Tulpe)

[Based on the press release.]

2016 Lindgren Award Nominees

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the world’s largest cash prize for children’s literature.

Administered by the Swedish Arts Council, the 5 million krona award honors the entire body of an author’s work.

It is given authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters for work “of the highest artistic quality” featuring the “humanistic values” of the late Pippi Longstocking author, for whom the award is named. Lindgren died in 2002 at the age of 94.

A total of 226 candidates from 60 countries are nominated for the 2016 award. The list was published at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 20, 2016. The winner will be announced April 4, 2017.

The list of nominated candidates is presented in alphabetical order following the jump. Links lead to more information, often in the candidate’s own language.
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Meg Rosoff Wins Lindgren Award

Meg Rosoff, known for novels like How I Live Now and Just In Case, is the 2016 winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest cash prize for children’s literature.

The 5 million Swedish krona award honors the entire body of an author’s work. The award jury selected Rosoff out of 215 candidates from 59 countries.

The Astrid Lindgren memorial award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. It is given authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters for work “of the highest artistic quality” featuring the “humanistic values” of the late Pippi Longstocking author, for whom the award is named. Lindgren died in 2002 at the age of 94.

Rosoff told The Guardian Pippi Longstocking was “absolutely a hero of mine when I was a kid, because she was a maverick. I was told my whole life that I needed to be a nice girl, and then there’s Pippi in huge boots carrying a horse around. I couldn’t have had a better hero.”