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Candidates 2020

240 candidates from 67 countries are nominated to the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The candidates were presented by the jury at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 17. The list is a gold mine for anyone interested in children's and YA literature. Enjoy!

Among the 240 nominees, 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.

Links lead to more information, often in the candidate's own language. The 2020 ALMA laureate will be announced on March 31, 2020.



Download a pdf version of the nomination list! 


Antigua and Barbuda

Joy Lawrence, Promoter of reading

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

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

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

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

Belarus
Piatro Vasiuchenka, Author

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

Bolivia
Biblioteca Thurucapitas, Organisation

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mirsad Bećirbašić, Author
Šimo Ešić, Author

Brazil
Roger Mello, Author/Illustrator Web page

Bulgaria
Maya Dalgacheva, Author
Julia Spiridonova, Author

Cameroon
Christian Epanya, Author/Illustrator Web page

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

Canada/Iran
Nahid Kazemi, Illustrator Web page

Chile
Fundación Había Una Vez, Organisation Web page

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

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

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

Croatia
Dubravka Kolanović, Illustrator Web page

Cyprus
Tsangaris Hambis, Illustrator

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

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

Ecuador
Edna Iturralde, Author Web page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hungary
Istvan Csukas, Author
Tibor Zalán, Author

Iceland
Sigrún Eldjárn, Author/Illustrator

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

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

Ireland
PJ Lynch, Illustrator Web page
Sheena Wilkinson, Author Web page

Israel
Rutu Modan, Author/Illustrator

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

Japan
Kyoko Matsuoka, Promoter of reading Webpage
Seizo Tashima, Illustrator

Jordan
Taghrid al-Najjar, Author Web page

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 Web page
Gita Treice, Illustrator Web page

Lebanon/Belgium
Fatima Sharafeddine, Author Web page

Lithuania
Kestutis Kasparavicius, Author/Illustrator Web page

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

Nicaragua
German Nicaraguan Library and the Bibliobús Bertold Brecht, Organisation Web page

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

Palestine
Sonia Nimr, Author

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

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

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

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

Russian Federation
Anastasia Arkhipova, Illustrator Web page
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 Web page
Niki Daly, Author/Illustrator Web page
Gcina Mhlope, Author/Oral storyteller/Promoter of reading Web page

South Africa/South Africa
Beverley Naidoo, Author

Spain
Elena Odriozola, Illustrator Web page
Jordi Sierra i Fabra, Author Web page

Sudan
Salah Elmur, Illustrator Web page

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

Switzerland
Albertine, Illustrator Web page
Franz Hohler, Author Web page

Taiwan
Jimmy Liao, Author/Illustrator Web page

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

Ukraine
Kateryna Shtanko, Illustrator
Lesia Voronyna, Author

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

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

Zambia
Lubuto Library Partners, Organisation Web page