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 one of the richest literary prizes in the world.[1][2] The annual cost of 10 million SEK (in 2008) is financed with tax money.[3]

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."[4] 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 is administered by the Swedish Arts Council funded solely by the central government.[5] Officially it is called "An award by the Swedish people to the world".[6] The award ceremony is presided over by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

"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."[6]

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.[7]


In the first seventeen annual cycles through 2018 there were 18 recipients, fifteen people and three institutions. There were two inaugural awards in 2003 and two again in 2005.[4][8]

Five 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 and Erlbruch as an illustrator; Nöstlinger, Nunes, and Paterson as writers. In 2020, Woodson also won the Andersen Award as a writer. (Astrid Lindgren won the Andersen Award in 1958.)[20]

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  1. ^ "International Activities". Swedish Arts Council. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  2. ^ a b Alison Flood (20 March 2012). "Dutch author Guus Kuijer wins Astrid Lindgren memorial award". The Guardian. Quote: "... the world's richest children's books prize, the Astrid Lindgren memorial award."
  3. ^ Rapport, Sveriges Television, 12 March 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Laureates" Archived 2012-07-21 at the Wayback Machine. ALMA. Retrieved 2014-03-25. With linked material on every award.
  5. ^ Swedish Arts Council. Archived September 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "About the Award". The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  7. ^ "Nominations". ALMA. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  8. ^ (ALMA presentation English). ALMA. Retrieved 2012-08-09. Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Banco del Libro - María Beatriz Medina, Managing Director". ALMA. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Alison Flood (26 March 2013). "Argentinian illustrator Isol wins Astrid Lindgren award". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  11. ^ John A. Sellars (25 March 2014). "Barbro Lindgren Wins 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  12. ^ "PRAESA receives the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award". ALMA. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  13. ^ "Wolf Erlbruch is the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award laureate - ALMA". 2017-04-02. Archived from the original on 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  14. ^ Platthaus, Andreas (2017-04-05). "Astrid-Lindgren-Preis: Aus dem kleinen feinen Reingarnichts". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). ISSN 0174-4909. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  15. ^ (The American author Jacqueline Woodson is the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018). ALMA. Retrieved 2018-03-27. Archived March 27, 2018, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Flemish author Bart Moeyaert wins 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award". Books+Publishing. 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  17. ^ "Baek Heena är 2020 års pristagare". Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (in Swedish). 2020-03-31. Archived from the original on 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  18. ^ "Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2021 goes to Jean-Claude Mourlevat, one of France's leading children and young adult authors". Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 2021-03-30. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  19. ^ "Eva Lindström". Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 2022-03-22. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  20. ^ "Hans Christian Andersen Awards". International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Retrieved 2013-06-12.

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