I wanted to illustrate a children's book. But in order for anyone to let me, I had to write one myself.

Image: Crown Princess Victoria presents the 2013 award to Isol. Photo: Stefan Tell.


The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading are eligible.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is every year presented to one or several laureates. The award total is 5 million SEK (approx. EUR 580 000).

Nominees from all over the world are eligible. Laureates do not need to be translated and language, nationality, previous awards and sales figures are not relevant. Their work is of the highest quality and in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards lifetime achievments for authors, illustrators and oral storytellers, this means an oeuvre of a consistently high artistic quality. For reading promoting organisations and individuals, long-term sustainable work as opposed to short span projects are rewarded.

The award is not given posthumously.

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