The 10th anniversary of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

“A childhood without books would be no childhood at all. It would be like being shut out of the enchanted land where the rarest of all joys can be found.”
Astrid Lindgren

In 2012 the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award celebrated its 10th anniversary. A decade had passed since the death of Astrid Lindgren, Sweden’s best-known and most translated author. To honour her memory, the Swedish government established an annual award of SEK 5 million to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature around the world.

For the past 10 years, the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature has been presented to authors, illustrators and reading promoters whose work is in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren. The highest artistic standards are in focus in the annual selection of the laureate(s). Nomination bodies with expertise in issues relating to children’s and young adult literature nominate hundreds of candidates for the award each year.

In 2012 we celebrated not only the award but the people and organisations chosen to receive it. On two occasions, in 2003 and 2005, two laureates shared the award. Clic on the menu on the left to read the laureate's own reflections on topics relating to children's and young adult literature.

You can also download the ALMA jubilee brochure in English as PDF, available here.For copies of the brochure in Spanish, please contact

Enjoy your reading!