She congratulated the ALMA jury on selecting an outstanding organization that has worked for so many years in reading promotion and which has, in addition, been a pioneer in providing bibliotherapy for children in crisis.
"On behalf of IBBY I want to convey our heartfelt congratulations to the ALMA committee for their choice of winner for this year’s award. The Banco del Libro is one of the world’s outstanding institutions in the area of reading promotion.
And we believe that Astrid Lindgren herself would be delighted to see that this award given in her name is going to such a worthy cause.
This is a wonderful day for the IBBY community world wide. "