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20th Anniversary Year for Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. For two decades, the award has elevated and honoured some of the foremost figures in young people’s literature. To mark the anniversary year, ALMA is releasing a special anniversary publication containing personal essays by past and present jury members in which they reflect upon the laureates over the years.

On 28 January 2002, the beloved Swedish children’s book author Astrid Lindgren died. The same year, the Swedish government created the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. For two decades, the award has elevated and honoured some of the foremost figures in young people’s literature, including many whose books have received translations into new languages and found new readers around the world. And it is precisely that which is the award’s foremost aim: to give every child access to great stories.

“I am proud that: each year, we put such a strong focus on children’s and young adult literature that it becomes the subject of attention around the world, and, of course, in Sweden too. Our work should always be carried out in the spirit of that great humanist, Astrid Lindgren, something that is important today more than ever,” says Boel Westin, chair of the ALMA jury.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Since the creation of the award, the ALMA jury has selected 21 laureates from around the world, including eleven authors, seven illustrators, and three reading promotion organisations.

To mark the anniversary year, ALMA is releasing a special anniversary publication containing personal essays by past and present jury members in which they reflect upon the laureates over the years.