Facts on the award

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature.

The award amounts to SEK 5 million, approx. 760 000 USD or EUR 570 000.

It is an international award rewarding one or several laureates annually regardless of language or nationality.

Authors, illustrators, storytellers and reading promoters are eligible. The award is for lifelong work or activities and cannot be presented posthumously.

The work must be of the highest artistic quality and include the humanistic values that Astrid Lindgren treasured.

The purpose of the award is to strengthen and increase interest in children's and young adult literature around the world. Children's rights globally is the foundation of our work.

The laureate is selected by a jury whose decision is based on nominations for outstanding achievement from nominating bodies all over the world.

The jury has the right to suggest nominees of their own. Neither individuals nor organisations may nominate themselves.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. The acronym is ALMA.