2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Candidates

The nominees for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2023 were announced today. A total of 251 candidates from 64 countries are in the running for the world’s largest children’s literature award (SEK 5M, $513,000).

The list of nominees includes authors, illustrators, and storytellers. The list also includes reading ambassadors, whose work can inspire efforts to stimulate young people’s interest in reading.

There are no candidates from the Russian Federation, a fact which is unaddressed in the press release. Last year there were 17.

The award winner will be named on March 7, 2023.

The list of nominees follows the jump.

The candidates are presented in alphabetical order sorted by country. Links lead to external websites with more information about the candidate, often in the candidate’s language.

AFGHANISTAN

Sayyed Nader Musavi, Reading promoter

ARGENTINA

María Teresa Andruetto, Author/Reading promoter
Argentine Association of Children’s and Young Adult Literature (ALIJA), Organisation
CEDILIJ, Organisation
Andrea Ferrari, Author
Jorge Luján, Author
Sandra Siemens, Author

AUSTRALIA

Ursula Dubosarsky, Author
Susanne Gervay, Author
Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Organisation 
Alison Lester, Author/Illustrator

AUSTRIA

Renate Welsh-Rabady, Author/Illustrator
Lisbeth Zwerger, Illustrator
Linda Wolfsgruber, Illustrator

AZERBAIJAN

Sevinj Nuruqizi, Author
Raziya Ragim-zade, Author

BELGIUM

Anne Brouillard, Author
Carll Cneut, Illustrator
Gerda Dendooven, Author/Illustrator
Anne Herbauts, Illustrator
Klaas Verplancke, Author/Illustrator

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Bisera Alikadić, Author
Šimo Ešic, Author
Elmira Mekić, Author
Ranko Risojević, Author

BRAZIL

Roger Mello, Author/Illustrator

BULGARIA

Stella Dreis, Author/Illustrator
Iassen Ghiuselev, Illustrator
Julia Spiridonova, Author

CANADA

Deborah Ellis, Author
Robert Munsch, Author/Reading promoter/Storytelling 
Stéphane Poulin, Illustrator
Eric Walters, Author

CANADA/IRAN

Nahid Kazemi, Illustrator

CANADA/UNITED STATES

Zetta Elliott, Author/Illustrator
Jon Klassen, Author/Illustrator

CHILE

María José Ferrada, Author

CHINA

Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, Author
Dandangzhe Foundation, Organisation 
Huang Beijia, Author
Qin Wenjun, Author
Xiong Liang, Author/Illustrator
Yu Dawu, Illustrator
Zhang Zhilu, Author

COLOMBIA

Biblioburro (Luis Sorrano), Organisation
Bibliotecas Rurales Itinerantes, Organisation
Ivar Da Coll, Illustrator
Proyecto Gulliver, Organisation 
Yolanda Reyes, Author

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO/UNITED KINGDOM

Dominique Mwankumi, Author/Illustrator

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

Marguerite Abouet, Author
Veronique Tadjo, Author/Illustrator

CYPRUS

Sandra Eleftheriou, Illustrator
Elli Peonidou, Author

CZECH REPUBLIC

Květa Pacovská, Illustrator

DENMARK

Kim Fupz Aakeson, Author
Bibliotekernes Sprogspor, Organisation 
Otto Dickmeiss, Illustrator
Cecilie Eken, Author
Marianne Iben Hansen, Author
Dorte Karrebæk, Illustrator

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Julia Álvarez, Author/Storytelling 

ESTONIA

Marja-Liisa Plats, Illustrator
Leelo Tungal, Author

FAROE ISLANDS

Bárður Oskarsson, Author/Illustrator

FINLAND

Linda Bondestam, Author/Illustrator
Jenny Lucander, Illustrator
Marika Maijala, Author/Illustrator
Sanna Mander, Illustrator
Irmelin Sandman Lilius, Author/Illustrator
Salla Savolainen, Illustrator
Salla Simukka, Author
Maria Turtschaninoff, Author

FRANCE

Isabelle Arsenault, Author/Illustrator
Gaël Aymon, Author
Gilles Bachelet, Illustrator
Marc Boutavant, Illustrator
Timothée de Fombelle, Author
Bernard Friot, Author
Michèle Petit, Reading promoter
Francois Place, Author/Illustrator
Claude Ponti, Author

GEORGIA

Giorgi Jincharadze, Illustrator
Irma Malatsidze, Author/Illustrator/Reading promoter
Nikozi Saint Alexander Okropiridze Art School, Organisation

GERMANY

Kirsten Boie, Author
Nadia Budde, Illustrator
Nikolaus Heidelbach, Illustrator
Internationale Jugendbibliothek München, Organisation 
Labor Ateliergemeinschaft, Organisation 
Jens Rassmus, Author/Illustrator
Andreas Steinhöfel, Author
Mehrdad Zaeri, Author/Illustrator

GREECE

Diavazontas Megalono, Organisation 
Manos Kontoleon, Author
Vassilis Papatheodorou, Author/Reading promoter
Antonis Papatheodoulou, Author
Loty Petrovits-Andrutsopulou, Author

HUNGARY

Judit Berg, Author
Tibor Kárpáti, Illustrator

ICELAND

Gunnar Helgason, Author/Reading promoter
Brian Pilkington, Illustrator

INDONESIA

Kelompok Pencinta Bacaan Anak (KPBA), Organisation 

IRAN

Ahmad Akbarpour, Author
Feraidoon Amoozadekhalili, Author
Noushafarin Ansari, Reading promoter
Reza Dalvand, Author/Illustrator
Farhad Hassanzadeh Kamalabadi, Author
Jamshid Khanian, Author
Houshang Moradi Kermani, Author
Read With Me, Organisation 
Mohammad Reza Shams, Author
Ali Asghar Seidabadi, Reading promoter
Hamid Reza Shahabadi, Author/Reading promoter

IRELAND

Marie Louise Fitzpatrick, Author/Illustrator
Jane Mitchell, Author
Áine Ní Ghlinn, Author

ITALY

Chiara Carminati, Author
Museo della gente della Val Resia, Organisation 
Luigia Negro & Sandro Quaglia, Storytelling 
Roberto Piumini, Author
Silent Books Lampedusa, Organisation

ITALY/FRANCE

Beatrice Alemagna, Illustrator

JAPAN

Rumiko Takahashi, Author/Illustrator
Seizo Tashima, Illustrator
Tokyo Children’s Library, Organisation 

JORDAN

Taghreed Najjar, Author

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

Korean Children’s Book Association, Organisation 
Lee Sang-kyo, Author
Lee Young-kyoung, Illustrator

LATVIA

Anete Melece, Illustrator
Gita Treice, Illustrator

LEBANON/BELGIUM

Fatima Sharafeddine, Author

LITHUANIA

Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Author/Illustrator

MEXICO

María Baranda, Author
Daniel Goldin, Reading promoter
Verónica Murguía, Author

MOLDAVIA

Ion Creanga National Children’s Library, Organisation 

MONGOLIA

Turmunkh Batbayar, Illustrator
Sundui Oyunbadam, Author

NETHERLANDS

De Schrijverscentrale, Organisation 
Tonke Dragt, Author/Illustrator
Thé Tjong-Khing, Author/Illustrator

NETHERLANDS/SWEDEN

Marit Törnqvist, Illustrator

NEW ZEALAND

Gavin Bishop, Author/Illustrator

NICARAGUA

Libros para Niños, Organisation 

NICARAGUA/GERMANY

German Nicaraguan Library and the Bibliobús Bertolt Brecht, Organisation 

NIGERIA/UNITED KINGDOM

Atinuke, Author/Storytelling

NORWAY

Gro Dahle, Author
Anna Fiske, Author/Illustrator
Ante Mikkel Gaup, Storytelling
Stian Hole, Author/Illustrator
Leser søker bok, Organisation 
Gry Moursund, Author/Illustrator
Svein Nyhus, Author/Illustrator
Bjørn F. Rørvik, Author
Sommerles National Reading Campaign, Organisation 
Arne Svingen, Author/Reading promoter
Øyvind Torseter, Illustrator
Trøndelag County Library, Organisation 
Uprisen, Organisation 

PAKISTAN

Alif Laila Book Bus Society (ALBBS), Organisation 

PALESTINE

Sonia Nimr, Author/Storytelling

POLAND

Iwona Chmielewska, Illustrator
Joanna Jagiełło, Author
Daniel de Latour, Illustrator
Małgorzata Karolina Piekarska, Author
Marcin Szczygielski, Author
Wojciech Widłak, Author/Reading promoter
Józef Wilkoń, Author/Illustrator/Reading promoter

PORTUGAL

Bernardo P. Carvalho, Author/Illustrator
Cristina Carvalho, Author
António Jorge Gonçalves, Illustrator
André Letria, Illustrator
Isabel Martins, Author
Catarina Sobral, Illustrator

ROMANIA

Andrea Kürti, Illustrator
Anamaria Smigelschi, Author/Illustrator
Done Stan, Illustrator

SERBIA

Olivera Jelkić, Author/Reading promoter/Storytelling 
Jasminka Petrović, Author
Ljubivoje Ršumović, Author

SLOVENIA

Ismet Bekrić, Author
Miroslav Košuta, Author
Andrej Rozman, Author
Valerija Skrinjar-Tvrz, Author
Huiqin Wang, Illustrator
Ana Zavadlav, Illustrator

SOUTH AFRICA

Niki Daly, Author/Illustrator
Gcina Mhlope, Reading promoter/Storytelling 

SOUTH AFRICA/CANADA

Kagiso Lesego Molope, Author

SPAIN

Elena Odriozola, Illustrator
Jordi Sierra i Fabra, Author

SWEDEN

Anna Höglund, Author/Illustrator
Jenny Jägerfeld, Author
Pija Lindenbaum, Author
Läsrörelsen, Organisation 
Frida Nilsson, Author
Sven Nordqvist, Author/Illustrator
Anna-Clara Tidholm, Author/Illustrator
Cecilia Torudd, Author/Illustrator
Jakob Wegelius, Author/Illustrator
Jujja Wieslander, Author
Monica Zak, Author/Illustrator/Reading promoter

SWITZERLAND

Franz Hohler, Author
Doris Lecher, Illustrator
Catherine Louis, Illustrator
Carlo Meier, Author

THAILAND

Cheewan Wisasa, Author

TURKEY

Uğur Altun, Illustrator
Aslı Der, Author
Ayse Inan, Illustrator
Şiirsel Taş, Author
Deniz Üçbaşaran, Illustrator
Mavisel Yener, Author

UKRAINE

Oleksandr (Sashko) Dermanskyi, Author

UNITED KINGDOM

Allan Ahlberg, Author
Malorie Blackman, Author
Quentin Blake, Author/Illustrator
Bookmark Reading Charity, Organisation 
Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Organisation 
Aidan Chambers, Author/Reading promoter
Juno Dawson, Author
Julia Donaldson, Author
Daniel Hahn, Author
Margaret Jones, Illustrator
Patrice Lawrence, Author
Elle McNicoll, Author
Mo O’Hara, Author
Michael Rosen, Author/Reading promoter/Storytelling
Katherine Rundell, Author
Verna Wilkins, Author

UNITED KINGDOM/AUSTRALIA

Morris Gleitzman, Author

UNITED KINGDOM/SOUTH AFRICA

Beverley Naidoo, Author

UNITED STATES

Elisabeth Acevedo, Author/Storytelling 
Laurie Halse Anderson, Author
R. Gregory Christie, Illustrator
Kate DiCamillo, Author
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Organisation 
Maira Kalman, Author/Illustrator
Stephen Krashen, Reading promoter
Malinda Lo, Author
Margaret Read MacDonald, Author/Storytelling 
Kadir Nelson, Author/Illustrator
Jason Reynolds, Author
Carole Boston Weatherford, Author
Mo Willems, Author/Illustrator

UNITED STATES/IRAN

Rashin Kheiriyeh, Author/Illustrator

ZAMBIA

Lubuto Library Partners, Organisation 

ZIMBABWE

Ken Wilson-Max, Illustrator

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