Prizes and awards

1944
Second prize in Rabén & Sjögren’s competition for girls’ books with
Britt-Marie lättar sitt hjärta

1945
First prize in Rabén & Sjögren’s competition for children’s books with
Pippi Longstocking

1946
Svenska Dagbladet’s literature prize for Pippi Longstocking

1946
Shared first prize in Rabén & Sjögren’s competition for detective books for young people with Master Detective Blomkvist
1950
Nils Holgersson plaque for Nils Karlsson-Pyssling (Swedish Public Library Association

1956
German children’s book prize, Special prize for Mio, my Mio

1957

State award for authors of high literary merit

1958
H C Andersen medal for Rasmus på luffen (International Board of Books for Young People, IBBY)

1963
Children’s Spring Book Festival Award for Sia Lives on Kilimanjaro, with photographs by Anna Riwkin-Brick (New York Herald Tribune)

1965
State artistic award from 1965

1966
Svensk Damtidning’s literature award

1970
Expressen’s “Heffaklump” award for Emil Still Lives in Lönneberga

Swedish Association for Literature’s award of honour for The Ship of Gold

Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Christmas in the Stable with pictures by Harald Wiberg

1971
The Swedish Academy’s main Gold Medal

1973
Honorary doctorate at Linköping University

The Brooklyn Art Books For Children Citations for Christmas in the Stable,
with pictures by Harald Wiberg

Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Pippi Longstocking

1974
Bookshop assistants’ plaque “Your book – our choide” for The Lionheart Brothers

“The Smiles Medal” for Karlsson on the Roof and Pippi Longstocking
(Soviet award)

1975
“Silvergriffel” (Dutch award)

“Litteris et artibus” (royal gold medal)

1977
Detective Academy’s prize for the best young people’s detective story with Master Detective Blomkvist

1978
Peace Prize of the German book trade (Börsenverein)

International Writer’s Prize, Wales (Welsh Arts Council)

Honorary doctorate at the University of Leicester, England

1979
Janusz Korczak Prize for The Lionheart Brothers (Polish section of IBBY)

1983
Vimmerby Municipal Culture Prize

1984
Dag Hammarskjöld Medal (Swedish Touring Club)

1985
Jovanovic Zmaj Prize (Jugoslavian children’s book prize)

Illis quorum (Swedish Government)

Karen Blixen Prize (Danish Academy)

“Loisirs jeune élu par l’enfant”, France

1986
Selma Lagerlöf Prize for Literature

Swede of the Year (Swedish Council of America)

Animal Friend of the Year (Swedish Animal Protection Association)

LEGO Prize, Denmark

1989
Honorary doctorate at the University of Warsaw

Albert Schweitzer Medal, Washington

1990
The Four Girls’ Medal (Russian authors’ association)

1991
Joseph Wood Krutch Medal, Society for the Protection of Animals, USA

Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters

1993
Albert Engström Prize

UNESCO Book Award, Vienna

Foreign Press Association of Sweden prize

1994
Telia’s Speaker’s Prize

Danish Traesko Prize, Aarhus

Honourable mention in The Right Livelihood Award, Stockholm

1995
Mickel Prize

1996
Slovenian State Medal

The Golden Ark Award, Brussels

Gold Disc award for “The World’s Best Astrid” (70,000 discs sold)

1997
Bris Prize

International Swede of the Year

Willhelm Hansen Prize, Denmark

The Freedom Pen, Denmark

1999
Swede of the Century, Aftonbladet

2000
Linköping University, Sweden: Honorary Doctorate of Medicine

2001
Solstickan Match Company Award

2002
Corine Internationaler Buchpreis, Germany (posthumous)