The 2020 laureate is Baek Heena. Photo: Susanne Kronholm

Child sitting outside reading a book

Tips on books to enjoy this summer!

Finally summer is here! Long, lazy days with plenty of time for reading. Check out these reading tips on fresh books by ALMA laureates. Also, read teacher Ann-Marie Körling's tips on how to get your child to read in summer times. We wish you all a wonderful summer!
Per Gustavsson, photo Stefan Tell

Per Gustavsson joines the ALMA Jury

“It’s an important duty, but above all terrific fun." The Swedish Arts Council board has named the illustrator and children’s author Per Gustavsson to join the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury.
Screen shot from Baek Heena's video greeting

"My job is one of the most honorable on this planet"

Normally by this time, we would have invited Baek Heena to Sweden. But she has sent us this video greeting where she puts words on what it means for her to receive the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
The 2020 award ceremony is postponed

Double award ceremony in 2021

Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been obliged to postpone the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award ceremony. Originally planned for June 1, 2020, the award ceremony will now take place on May 31, 2021. 
ALMA Story Hour with jury member Annika Edlund

ALMA Story Hour

During this challenging time, we want to brighten up your lives by offering readings with our jury members. They will pick a book from one of our amazing laureates and read from their homes or work spaces. The ALMA Story Hour takes place on our Facebook page, watch it live or in retrospect!

Time to nominate

Does your organisation plan to submit a nomination for the 2021 award? The final date for nominating your candidates for the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is May 15. We have now decided on a change to hopefully make your work easier in the current COVID-19 situation.

Here are the winners in the competition ”A World of Books”

In the competition “A World of Books”, children in grade F-6 get to read books from all over the world and then, as an outlet for their creativity, they create a contest entry where in text and image they link the book or books they read with a theme. This year's theme is "Together". The competition entries are judged by a jury focusing on how the theme is reflected in text and image, as well as how the students' creativity is expressed. Many contributions to the competition are also displayed...

ALMA talks: Discover the 2020 ALMA laureate

Welcome to a live stream conversation on May at 6 pm! The ALMA Jury member Elina Druker will present this year's laureate Baek Heena in conversation with cultural writer Johanna Lundin.
ALMA Jury member Elina Druker. Photo: Stefan Tell

Best book tips for corona times

Rabbits longing for fellowship, a hopeful tale about magic magic bread and, for those who dare, a satirical dystopia. ALMA jury member Elina Druker gives her best book tips for corona times.

Baek Heena is the 2020 laureate

Baek Heena is one of Korea’s most recognized picture book artists. With a background in film animation, her unique visual style features handmade miniature figurines and environments painstakingly lighted and photographed. She has published thirteen picture books that are popular throughout Asia, a number of which have been translated. One of her most successful books, Cloud Bread, was published in English in 2011.
Jury Chair Boel Westin. Photo: TT/Jessica Gow

Announcement 2020 live on March 31

A name you know and love…or a complete surprise? On March 31 at 12:50 pm CEST, the ALMA jury will finally announce the recipient (or recipients) of the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Follow our live stream of the announcement from Astrid Lindgren’s home at Dalagatan in Stockholm.

Good books give us strength

“If you need to remember how big life is beyond the walls of home, read a good children’s book.” Author and ALMA jury member Mårten Sandén reflects upon reading as a source of solace and diversion during the corona pandemic.
Bart Moeyaert at a school visit. Photo: Stefan Tell

Take care, take note, take a bath

"You are an ALMA laureate now — and forever. Congratulations.” Belgian author Bart Moeyaert, who was awarded last year, shares his top three tips for the new laureate.
Members of the jury at a meeting.Photo: Mediemerah

"It feels a little bit like reaching the finish line after a long race."

What is life like for our jury on the eve of the announcement? Are they feeling the heat from people who can’t wait to know? We quizzed five jury members about the challenging but rewarding job of choosing a laureate.

Bologna Children's Book Fair is canceled

The organisers of the Bologna Children's Book Fair have announced that the fair is canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. During the fair, ALMA would have shown the live broadcast of the announcement from Stockholm on March 31.
Photo: Stefan Tell

Invitation to nominate

The nomination process for the 2021 award is now open! Every year, more than a hundred nominating bodies all over the world propose candidates for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The final date for submitting nominations is in May 15. 
Suzi Ersahin, Lisa Haglund and Mariella Kucer

Season's greetings from the award office

From all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The ALMA Award office would like to say thank you for all the good cooperation and meetings during 2019. We look forward to another exciting ALMA year. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or ideas!
ALMA director Suzi Ersahin, photo Hans Alm

Children’s books have never been more relevant

This fall we welcomed a new director to ALMA, Suzi Ersahin. Here, she writes about her first two months on the job and how fantastic it is to work on the biggest prize for children and YA literature in the World.
Elina Druker and a Mongolian girl

Elina Druker visits Mongolia

In late November, ALMA jury member Elina Druker visited the National Library and the Central Library of Children in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She gave talks on Swedish children’s literature, watched plays by children and joined workshops for researchers, teachers and librarians.
Greetings from Rome

Greetings from Rome!

Recently, ALMA director Suzi Ersahin visited Rome and the University La Sapienza to talk about the Award. She was accompanied by this year’s laureate Bart Moeyaert who is in Italy to promote his latest book “Bianca”.
Jacqueline Woodson, photo Stefan Tell

Jacqueline Woodson and Carole Bloch to the Astrid Lindgren-conference

The ALMA laureates Jacqueline Woodson and Carol Bloch will speak at the Astrid Lindgren Conference that takes place in Stockholm on the day of Astrid Lindgren's birthday, November 14.

Candidates 2020

Next year, 237 candidates from 68 countries will be in the running for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This was announced today by ALMA jury member Mats Kempe at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Meet this year’s ALMA laureate at the Book Fair!

On September 26–27, Bart Moeyaert will attend the Gothenburg Book Fair. He has a busy schedule of events planned, including author conversations, poetry readings, book signings and interviews. We hope to see you there! During the fair ALMA will be present at the Swedish Art Council's stand C02:01. Hope to see you there!
Illustration: Karin Cyren

The nominees are...

The ALMA jury will announce the names of the candidates nominated for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Will you be there? Please join us at the Kids Foyer on October 17 at 2 PM.
Crown Princess Victoria and Bart Moeyaert

Highlights from the award ceremony

On Monday evening, the Belgian author Bart Moeyaert received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award at a ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. Watch the highlights and hear the very much appreciated speech!
Suzi Ersahin, foto Kerstin Lager

Suzi Ersahin becomes new director at ALMA

We are happy to announce Suzi Ersahin as the new director for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). "It is with enormous joy that I look forward to leading the work of the world’s most important children’s literature prize." Suzi Ersahin will assume the post in September 2019, replacing Helen Sigeland, who retires in October.
Foto Stefan Tell

"Sleep lots so that you can enjoy it all!"

Author Jacqueline Woodson shares three of her top tips for the incoming laureate.
Link to: More about Astrid Lindgren

Good literature gives the child a place in the world and the world a place in the child.

Poster of the 2019 laureate Bart Moeyaert
Link to Reading Guides