Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Astrid Lindgren renewed children’s literature and combined artistic integrity with commitment to the rights of children. When she passed away in 2002, the Swedish Government founded The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) in her honour.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature. The prize totals SEK 5 million and is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. The prize aims to strengthen and increase interest in children’s and young adult literature globally and to strengthen children’s rights at global level. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion may be rewarded.

The award is given in recognition of a life-time achievement. Only living persons may receive it. An expert jury names prize-winners who are nominated by institutions and organisations worldwide. The 12 jury members include authors, literary critics and experts, illustrators and librarians. One member represents Astrid Lindgren’s family. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.