The Astrid Lindgren Memorial AwardThe 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 (almost £480,000).

Nominees from all over the world are eligible. Laureates do not need to be translated and 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, this means an oeuvre of a consistently high artistic quality. For reading promoting organisations and individuals, long-term sustainable work as opposed to short span projects are rewarded. 

The first Award was made to Maurice Sendak in 2003 and the only British person to receive the Award to date is Phillip Pullman.

IBBY UK is delighted to nominate Chris Riddell and Book Aid International for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018.