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Candidates 2020

In total, 240 candidates from 67 countries are nominated to the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The list is a gold mine for anyone interested in children's and YA literature.

The list include 49 new names. The candidates represent all continents and are authors, illustrators, reading promoters and storytellers. 46 % are women, 41 % men and 13 % are organisations. More than a hundred nominating bodies worldwide have proposed candidates for the 2020 award.

Antigua and Barbuda
Joy Lawrence, Promoter of reading

Argentina
Maria Teresa Andruetto, Author 
CEDILIJ, Organisation
Jorge Luján, Author
María Wernicke, Author/Illustrator 

Australia
Randa Abdel-Fattah, Author 
Jeannie Baker, Illustrator 
Bronwyn Bancroft, Illustrator 
Ursula Dubosarsky, Author 
Susanne Gervay, Author 
Morris Gleitzman, Author 
Indigenous Literary Foundation, Organisation 
Robert Ingpen, Illustrator 
Margo Lanagan, Author 
Magabala Books, Organisation 
Melina Marchetta, Author 
The Literature Centre, Organisation 

Austria
Renate Welsh-Rabady, Author
Linda Wolfsgruber, Illustrator 
Lisbeth Zwerger, Illustrator

Azerbaijan
Solmaz Amanova, Author
Aynur Mammadova, Illustrator
Sevinj Nurugizi, Author 

Belarus
Piatro Vasiuchenka, Author

Belgium
Anne Brouillard, Author/Illustrator
Carll Cneut, Illustrator
Ingrid Godon, Illustrator 
Anne Herbauts, Author/Illustrator 
Thomas Lavachery, Author
Prix Bernard Versele, Organisation
Klaas Verplancke, Author/Illustrator 

Bolivia
Biblioteca Thurucapitas, Organisation

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mirsad Bećirbašić, Author
Šimo Ešić, Author

Brazil
Roger Mello, Author/Illustrator 

Bulgaria
Maya Dalgacheva, Author
Julia Spiridonova, Author

Cameroon
Christian Epanya, Author/Illustrator 

Canada
Deborah Ellis, Author 
Marie-Francine Hébert, Author 
Jon Klassen, Author/Illustrator 
Uma Krishnaswami, Author 

Canada/Iran
Nahid Kazemi, Illustrator 

Chile
Fundación Había Una Vez, Organisation 

China
Gao Hongbo, Author
Xiong Liang, Author/Illustrator
Zhang Zhilu, Author

Colombia
Ivar Da Coll, Author/Illustrator
Proyecto Gulliver, Organisation 

Democratic Republic of Congo/United Kingdom
Dominique Mwankumi, Author/Illustrator 

Croatia
Dubravka Kolanović, Illustrator 

Cyprus
Tsangaris Hambis, Illustrator

Czech Republic
Petr Nikl, Author/Illustrator
Květa Pacovská, Illustrator

Denmark
Kim Fupz Aakeson, Author
Biblo.dk, Organisation 
Lilian Brøgger, Illustrator 
Louis Jensen, Author 
Dorte Karrebaek, Illustrator

Ecuador
Edna Iturralde, Author 

Egypt
Yacoub El-Sharouni, Author/Oral storyteller/Promoter of reading

Estonia
Ulla Saar, Illustrator 
Leelo Tungal, Author
Urmas Viik, Illustrator

Faroe Islands
Rakel Helmsdal, Author/Illustrator/Oral storyteller/Promoter of Reading 

Finland
Linda Bondestam, Illustrator 
Marika Maijala, Author/Illustrator 
Timo Parvela, Author 
Irmelin Sandman Lilius, Author/Illustrator
Maria Turtschaninoff, Author 

France
A.C.C.E.S., Organisation 
L’Agence Quand les Livres Relient, Organisation 
Benjamin Chaud, Author/Illustrator 
Olivier Douzou, Author/Illustrator 
Timothée de Fombelle, Author 
Bernard Friot, Author 
Jean-Claude Mourlevat, Author
Marie-Aude Murail, Author
Geneviéve Patte, Promoter of reading 
François Place, Author/Illustrator 
François Roca, Illustrator

Georgia
Giorgi Chachanidze, Illustrator 
Bondo Matsaberidze, Author 
Tea Topuria, Author 
Mariam Tsiklauri, Author 

Germany
Jutta Bauer, Illustrator 
Nadia Budde, Author/Illustrator 
Nikolaus Heidelbach, Illustrator
Internationale Jugendbibliothek, Organisation 
Janosch, Author/Illustrator
Labor Ateliergemeinschaft, Organisation 
Stiftung Lesen/German Reading Foundation, Organisation 

Greece
ECHO Refugee Library, Organisation 
Vagelis Iliopoulos, Author/Promoter of reading
Antonis Papatheodoulou, Author 
Loty Petrovits-Andrutsopoulou, Author 

Greenland
Naja Rosing-Asvid, Author/Illustrator 
Lene Therkildsen, Promoter of reading 

Hungary
Istvan Csukas, Author
Tibor Zalán, Author

Iceland
Sigrún Eldjárn, Author/Illustrator

India
A & A Book Trust, Organisation 
Pratham Books, Organisation 

Iran
Children’s Book Council, Organisation 
Farhad Hassanzadeh, Author
Mehdi Hejvani, Promoter of Reading
Jamshid Khanian, Author 
Mobile Library of Iran, Organisation
Houshang Moradi Kermani, Author
Read with Me, Organisation 
Farshid Shafiei, Illustrator
Mohammad Reza Shams, Author
Aliasghar Seidabadi, Promoter of reading 

Ireland
PJ Lynch, Illustrator 
Sheena Wilkinson, Author 

Israel
Rutu Modan, Author/Illustrator

Italy
Beatrice Alemagna, Author/Illustrator 
Chiara Carminati, Author
Lampedusa Library, Organisation
Sarolta Szulyovszky, Illustrator 

Japan
Kyoko Matsuoka, Promoter of reading 
Seizo Tashima, Illustrator

Jordan
Taghrid al-Najjar, Author

Republic of Korea
Heena Baek, Illustrator
Korean Children's Book Association, Organisation
Lee Juyoung, Promoter of reading
Uk-Bae Lee, Illustrator

Latvia
Gundega Muzikante, Illustrator 
Gita Treice, Illustrator 

Lebanon/Belgium
Fatima Sharafeddine, Author 

Lithuania
Kestutis Kasparavicius, Author/Illustrator 

Netherlands
De Schrijverscentrale, Organisation 
Joke van Leeuwen, Author/Illustrator 
Gideon Samson, Author 
Toon Tellegen, Author
Thé Tjong-Khing, Illustrator 
Marit Törnqvist, Author/Illustrator 
Edward van de Vendel, Author
Sylvia Weve, Illustrator 

Nicaragua
German Nicaraguan Library and the Bibliobús Bertold Brecht, Organisation 

Norway
Lene Ask, Illustrator
Rune Belsvik, Author 
Gro Dahle, Author 
Harald Rosenløw Eeg, Author 
Stian Hole, Author/Illustrator
Marit Kaldhol, Author 
Leser Søker Bok, Organisation 
Gry Moursund, Author/Illustrator
Svein Nyhus, Author/Illustrator 
Maria Parr, Author 
Øyvind Torseter, Illustrator 

Palestine
Sonia Nimr, Author

Philippines
Virgilio Senadren Almario, Author
Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library, Organisation 
Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Promoter of reading

Poland
All of Poland Reads to Kids, Organisation 
Iwona Chmielewska, Illustrator 
Paweł Pawlak, Illustrator
Małgorzata Karolina Piekarska, Author 
Marcin Szczygielski, Author
Józef Wilkoń, Illustrator 

Portugal
Bernardo P. Carvalho, Illustrator 
António Jorge Gonçalves, Illustrator 
Maria Teresa Maia Gonzales, Author
Catarina Sobral, Illustrator 

Romania
Florin Bican, Author/Oral storyteller/Promoter of reading
Andrea Kürti, Illustrator 
Vasile Olac, Illustrator

Russian Federation
Anastasia Arkhipova, Illustrator 
Ilga Ponornitskaya (Eugeniya Basova), Author
Nina Dashevskaya, Author
Russian State Children´s Library, Organisation
Alexander Traugot, Illustrator
Mikhail Yasnov, Author

Serbia
Jasminka Petrović, Author
Ljubivoje Ršumović, Author

Slovenia
Slavko Pregl, Author
Anja Štefan, Author

South Africa
Biblionef, Organisation 
Niki Daly, Author/Illustrator 
Gcina Mhlope, Author/Oral storyteller/Promoter of reading 

South Africa/South Africa
Beverley Naidoo, Author

Spain
Elena Odriozola, Illustrator 
Jordi Sierra i Fabra, Author 

Sudan
Salah Elmur, Illustrator 

Sweden
Eva Eriksson, Illustrator 
Gunna Grähs, Illustrator
Joanna Hellgren, Illustrator 
Olof Landström, Illustrator
Pija Lindenbaum, Author/Illustrator 
Eva Lindström, Author/Illustrator 
Frida Nilsson, Author 
Klara Persson, Author/Illustrator 
Anna-Clara Tidholm, Illustrator 
Cecilia Torudd, Author/Illustrator
Jakob Wegelius, Author/Illustrator 
Ilon Wikland, Illustrator
Monica Zak, Author/Oral storyteller/Promoter of reading 

Switzerland
Albertine, Illustrator 
Franz Hohler, Author 

Taiwan
Jimmy Liao, Author/Illustrator 

Turkey
Aytül Akal, Author 
Ayla Çınaroğlu, Author/Illustrator 
Mustafa Delioğlu, Illustrator
Huban Korman, Illustrator 

Ukraine
Kateryna Shtanko, Illustrator
Lesia Voronyna, Author

United Kingdom
Allan Ahlberg, Author 
David Almond, Author 
Quentin Blake, Illustrator 
Theresa Breslin, Author 
Aidan Chambers, Author 
Aidan & Nancy Chambers, Promoters of reading 
Michael Foreman, Author/Illustrator 
Emily Gravett, Author/Illustrator 
Daniel Hahn, Promoter of reading 
Frances Hardinge, Author 
Shirley Hughes, Author/Illustrator 
Elizabeth Laird, Author
Margaret Meek Spencer, Promoter of reading
Patrick Ness, Author 
Luke Pearson, Author/Illustrator 
Jan Pienkowski, Illustrator 
Katherine Rundell, Author 
Marcus Sedgwick, Author 
John Shelley, Illustrator 
David Wood, Author 

United States
Laurie Halse Anderson, Author 
Eric Carle, Author/Illustrator 
Kate DiCamillo, Author 
Margarita Engle, Author 
Maira Kalman, Author/Illustrator 
Stephen Krashen, Promoter of reading
Christopher Myers, Author/Illustrator
Jerry Pinkney, Illustrator 
Javaka Steptoe, Illustrator 
Tim Tingle, Oral storyteller 
Jack Zipes, Author/Promoter of reading

Zambia
Lubuto Library Partners, Organisation