Announcement March 31, 2020

Photo: Stefan Tell

Invitation to nominate

The nomination process for the 2021 award is now open! Every year, more than a hundred nominating bodies all over the world propose candidates for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The final date for submitting nominations is in May 15. 
Suzi Ersahin, Lisa Haglund and Mariella Kucer

Season's greetings from the award office

From all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The ALMA Award office would like to say thank you for all the good cooperation and meetings during 2019. We look forward to another exciting ALMA year. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or ideas!
ALMA director Suzi Ersahin, photo Hans Alm

Children’s books have never been more relevant

This fall we welcomed a new director to ALMA, Suzi Ersahin. Here, she writes about her first two months on the job and how fantastic it is to work on the biggest prize for children and YA literature in the World.
Elina Druker and a Mongolian girl

Elina Druker visits Mongolia

In late November, ALMA jury member Elina Druker visited the National Library and the Central Library of Children in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She gave talks on Swedish children’s literature, watched plays by children and joined workshops for researchers, teachers and librarians.
Greetings from Rome

Greetings from Rome!

Recently, ALMA director Suzi Ersahin visited Rome and the University La Sapienza to talk about the Award. She was accompanied by this year’s laureate Bart Moeyaert who is in Italy to promote his latest book “Bianca”.
Jacqueline Woodson, photo Stefan Tell

Jacqueline Woodson and Carole Bloch to the Astrid Lindgren-conference

The ALMA laureates Jacqueline Woodson and Carol Bloch will speak at the Astrid Lindgren Conference that takes place in Stockholm on the day of Astrid Lindgren's birthday, November 14.

Candidates 2020

Next year, 237 candidates from 68 countries will be in the running for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This was announced today by ALMA jury member Mats Kempe at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Meet this year’s ALMA laureate at the Book Fair!

On September 26–27, Bart Moeyaert will attend the Gothenburg Book Fair. He has a busy schedule of events planned, including author conversations, poetry readings, book signings and interviews. We hope to see you there! During the fair ALMA will be present at the Swedish Art Council's stand C02:01. Hope to see you there!
Illustration: Karin Cyren

The nominees are...

The ALMA jury will announce the names of the candidates nominated for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Will you be there? Please join us at the Kids Foyer on October 17 at 2 PM.

Tips on books to enjoy this summer!

Finally summer is here - check out these reading tips on books by ALMA laureates! The ALMA office will now close for summer holidays and will open again on August 5th. We wish you all a wonderful summer!
Crown Princess Victoria and Bart Moeyaert

Highlights from the award ceremony

On Monday evening, the Belgian author Bart Moeyaert received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award at a ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. Watch the highlights and hear the very much appreciated speech!
Suzi Ersahin, foto Kerstin Lager

Suzi Ersahin becomes new director at ALMA

We are happy to announce Suzi Ersahin as the new director for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). "It is with enormous joy that I look forward to leading the work of the world’s most important children’s literature prize." Suzi Ersahin will assume the post in September 2019, replacing Helen Sigeland, who retires in October.
Foto Stefan Tell

"Sleep lots so that you can enjoy it all!"

Author Jacqueline Woodson shares three of her top tips for the incoming laureate.
Members of the jury at a meeting.Photo: Mediemerah

"It feels a little bit like reaching the finish line after a long race."

What is life like for our jury on the eve of the announcement? Are they feeling the heat from people who can’t wait to know? We quizzed five jury members about the challenging but rewarding job of choosing the 2019 ALMA laureate.
Link to: More about Astrid Lindgren

Good literature gives the child a place in the world and the world a place in the child.

Poster of the 2019 laureate Bart Moeyaert
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