Announcement 2019

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!

ALMA is looking for a director

The Swedish Arts Council is looking for a director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). The deadline to apply is 24 February.

Time to nominate for the 2020 award

Did you know that the work of finding the right laureate(s) starts around 15 months prior to the announcement? Today the nomination process for the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award opens.

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!

Candidates 2019

Next year, 246 candidates from 64 countries will be in the running for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This was announced today by ALMA jury chairman Professor Boel Westin at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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.

Jacqueline Woodson to the Göteborg Book Fair

We’re glad to announce that the 2018 laureate Jacqueline Woodson will return to Sweden in September to take part in the Göteborg Book Fair.

Speech and highlights from the award ceremony

On May 28, Jacqueline Woodson accepted Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018 before a full Stockholm Concert Hall. Watch the highlights and Woodson's poignant acceptance speech!

Jacqueline Woodson has landed in Sweden

The American author Jacqueline Woodson today landed in Sweden. During ALMA week May 22-28 Woodson will meet Swedish press, do author talks, meet students, visit Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home in Vimmerby and of course, officially receive the Award.

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).

"The young people have always been thoughtful and deliberate, have always shown up."

We asked the 2018 laureate Jacqueline Woodson about her reaction to receiving the ALMA and her admiration for young citizens in society.

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Link to: More about Astrid Lindgren

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

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Poster of the 2018 laureate Jacqueline Woodson