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Jacqueline Woodson's speech

“Each kindness makes the whole world, a little bit better.” Download and read the full length acceptance speech here.


Speech and highlights from the award ceremony

On May 28, Jacqueline Woodson accepted Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018 before a full Stockholm Concert Hall. She got standing ovations for her captivating acceptance speech. Watch it in full-length here and see also the highlights of the ceremony.

Jacqueline Woodson received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria. In her captivating acceptance speech, Jacqueline Woodson explained the importance of fighting and speaking out against injustice to build a better world for all people and how sadness brings hope.

The ceremony was hosted by Navid Modiri. During the evening, musical entertainment was provided by Swedish singer Janice and Johan Landqvist Band. Inspired by Woodson’s books, the European Championas of double dutch, Kämpinge GF, performed a jump-rope act. Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, Mrs Alice Bah Kuhnke, gave a speech in honour of the laureate:

– Just like Astrid Lindgren, you stand firm. You don’t abandon your readers – you stay by their side. Not by answering their questions, but by showing them, through your stories, how different life can be.

Apart from the prize sum, 5 million SEK, the laureate received a diploma, presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria and illustrated by Ida Björs and Maja Zetterberg.