Welcome to nominate

The final date for submitting nominations for the 2021 Award was May 15, 2020. Read more here.

"I'm going to draw a picture on my blackboard" said Kenny, one morning, "and call it A Dream".

Children applauding. Photo: Stefan Tell


The work to find the right laureate starts around 15 months earlier; in January when we open the process to nominate for next year's award. The list of the nominated candidates is always presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. Each year, in late March or early April, the jury announces who will receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

January – approved nominating organisations are invited to nominate candidates for the following year. The invitation includes information on the number of candidates each nominating body can suggest, in what categories and so on.

May 15 – deadline to nominate. The award office must receive all information on the nominated candidate(s) no later than May 15. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

October – the list of nominated candidates is presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The list is also published on our website with additional information.

March/April – announcement of the new laureate at a press conference immediately after the jury’s last meeting. The press conference is broadcast live to Bologna Children’s Book Fair and can be followed on our website.

May - award week in Stockholm with seminars and presentations with the laureate. The week ends with the award ceremony.

Organisations wishing to become one of our nominating bodies can apply to the award office before December 1, the jury decides upon the list of nominating bodies in December. If accepted, the organisation is then eligible to submit nominations for the following year, after the opening of the nomination process in January.