More about Bart Moeyaert. Photo: Susanne Kronholm

Bart Moeyaert, photo: Susanne Kronholm

ALMA week is almost here

Bart Moeyaert is on his way to Sweden for an action-packed week focusing on children’s and YA literature. He will give a public lecture, meet with students and visit Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home in Vimmerby. His visit will conclude with an award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on May 27, where H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria will present Moeyaert the award.
Author Meg Rosoff, the ALMA laureate from 2016

“Pace yourself”

We asked author Meg Rosoff, the ALMA laureate from 2016, if she had any sage advice for this year’s laureate. "Pace yourself, when everyone is tugging at your sleeve, wanting to ask you things and hear what you’re thinking. But above all, I say relax and enjoy it!”
Nisti Stêrk is the compere of the award ceremony. Photo: Agent & Management Group

Comedy, gravity and love in the spirit of Bart Moeyaert

Actress and comedienne Nisti Stêrk is master of ceremonies for the ALMA award ceremony on May 27. We interviewed her about her feelings as the big day approaches and her personal relationship to reading.
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.

The Flemish author Bart Moeyaert is the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2019

Bart Moeyaert was born in 1964 and lives in Antwerp, Belgium. He made his debut at age 19 with the award-winning novel Duet met valse noten (1983). His large and diverse body of work includes more than 50 titles, ranging from picture books and YA novels to poetry. His critically acclaimed books have been translated in more than 20 countries. He also writes television screenplays and stage plays, has translated a number of novels, and teaches creative writing.
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.
Author Meg Rosoff, photo: Stefan Tell

Meg Rosoff visits Sweden

Meg Rosoff is in Sweden on March 13-14. Take the opportunity to listen to the smart and eloquent ALMA laureate when she visits Stockholm and Umeå!

Knighthood for Philip Pullman

Author and 2005 ALMA-laureate Philip Pullman has been knighted in the British Queen’s New Year Honours list. Congratualtions for this well-deserved recognition of his work for authors and literature!

Hello, Jacqueline Woodson!

The 2018 ALMA laureate Jacqueline Woodson sums up her laureate year, talks about her intensive fall as an ambassador for reading in the US, and reveals that she’s writing a new book.

Winter reading tips

Christmas vacation is almost upon us. How to fill the days? With a book! Books fuel our imaginations, keep us company when we’re alone, and open the doors to brand new worlds. Here are some tips from the ALMA office and jury: some of our favorite books, written by ALMA laureates. Perfect to read alone or together. Happy Reading from us at ALMA!

New jury members

We are delighted to welcome the author Mårten Sandén and the translator and literary scholar Janina Orlov to the ALMA jury. Their terms begin July 1.

Get prints and leaflets

Find posters of this years laureate to print and put on your wall! We also provide leaflets of earlier laureates and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).
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
Link to Reading Guides