Astrid Lingren Memorial Award

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards children’s and young adult literature in the broadest sense. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading are eligible.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented in March every year to one or several laureates. The award total is 5 million SEK (over £430,000).The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented in March every year to one or several laureates. The award total is 5 million SEK (over £430,000).

Nominees from all over the world are eligible. Laureates do not need to have been translated and their language, nationality, previous awards and sales figures are not relevant. Their work is of the highest quality and in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards lifetime achievements for authors, illustrators and oral storytellers, meaning it looks for an oeuvre of a consistently high artistic quality. For reading-promoting organisations and individuals, long-term sustainable work is rewarded rather than short-span projects. The first award was made to Maurice Sendak in 2003. The only British person to receive the award to date is Philip Pullman.

  • Visit the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award website.

Astrid Lindgren Award 2017

IBBY UK was delighted to nominate Melvin Burgess for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017.

The Laureate was awarded to German author and illustrator Wolf Erlbruch. Find out more about Wolf Erlbruch here.

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