Illustration: Ida Björs

Illustration: Ida Björs

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.
Illustration: Ida Björs

Nominees for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2019 to be announced

The candidates for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2019 will be presented on October 11th at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Welcome to join us at the Frankfurt Kids Stage!
Jacqueline Woodson at a book signing. Photo: Stefan Tell

Meet us at the Göteborg Book Fair

On September 27, ALMA laureate Jacqueline Woodson will make her first ever appearance at the Göteborg Book Fair. She kicks off a full day of book signings, interviews, an author conversation and a poetry reading with a speech at the opening ceremony. During the whole fair ALMA will be present at the Swedish Art Council's stand C02:01. Hope to see you there!
Illustration by Kitty Crowther

Kitty Crowther goes to Frankfurt

Kitty Crowther is in Sweden for the release of the adventure novel Rymlingarna by the beloved Swedish children’s book author Ulf Stark. Stark completed the script shortly before he passed away in 2017 and he wished that the illustrations should be done by Kitty Crowther.
Books on a green lawn

Tips on books to enjoy this summer!

Finally summer vacations are here. Long, lazy days with plenty of time for reading. Check out these reading tips on books by ALMA laureates, chosen by four of our jury members. The ALMA office will now close for summer holidays and will open again on August 6th. We wish you all a wonderful summer!

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.
Photo: Carlos Diaz

ALMA week 2018

Jacqueline Woodson will visit Sweden to accept the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She will take part in a week of ALMA events from May 22–28. Her visit will conclude with a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on May 28, in which H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria will present her with the award.
Photo: Carlos Ciaz

The American author Jacqueline Woodson is the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018

Jacqueline Woodson is an American author, born in 1963 and residing in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of more than thirty titels, and she writes primarily for young teens, but also for children and adults. One of her most lauded books is the award winning autobiographical Brown Girl Dreaming (2014).

"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.

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.

Link to Reading Guides
Poster of the 2018 laureate Jacqueline Woodson