The equivalent of the Nobel Prize for authors of children’s literature, the Alma prize, happens to be Swedish as well. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award celebrates this year it’s 10th anniversary and tomorrow, Tuesday March 20th from 12.50 PM (GMT + 1) you’ll be able to follow the announcement of this year’s winner live from the little Swedish rural town Vimmerby where Astrid Lindgren grew up here.
Previous winners are a mixture of names like Maurice Sendak and even institutions like Banco del Libro in Venezuela. What they have in common is their contribution to the world of children’s and young adult litterature.
The prize has had a great impact on raising the status of literature for our younger ones and the prize is considered very prestigious. The winner automatically gets translated to several languages and gains a great proliferation.
Thank you Astrid Lindgren, not only for your fantastic books but also for making it possible for children all over the world to read the most wonderful and important stories from every hidden corner in their own language!