The World’s Largest Children’s Literature Award was been presented in Sweden on June 2, 2014.
Swedish author Barbro Lindgren (no relation to Astrid) received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award on June 2, 2014. The award was presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria at a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Swedish Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth addressed the Laureate in a speech.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award amounts to approximately $715,422 making it the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. Authors, illustrators, storytellers and reading promoters are eligible for the award, which is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Lindgren is the first Swede to be honored with this prestigious award which was begun in 2003 following the death in 2002 of beloved author, Astrid Lindgren, of Pippi Longstocking fame.
Barbro Lindgren was announced as the 2014 Laureate on 25th March 2014. She is a Swedish author of innovative and multifaceted works for children of all ages. Her body of work includes picture books, poetry, plays and books for young adults. Since her debut in 1965, she has published more than a hundred titles, and her works have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth hailed Lindgren for her literary achievements:
“Barbro Lindgren is a brave and innovative author. She gives her readers courage and is not afraid to describe the world as it really is. Loneliness, setbacks, and even death are all part of life. Lindgren does not try to protect children; instead, her honesty, humor and openness strengthen children to think and talk about difficult things for themselves …”
And from Rabén & Sjögren publisher, Moa Brunnberg, where Barbro Lindgren sent her early manuscripts:
“It’s wonderful to be here, of course. It’s so great to celebrate Barbro Lindgren, an extraordinary author.”