Nominees for the world’s largest award for children’s and YA literature the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2019

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Next year, 246 candidates from 64 countries will be in the running for the world’s largest and most prestigious children’s literature award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and receive five million Swedish krona ($600,000, Ł430,000). This was announced at October 11 by ALMA jury chairman Professor Boel Westin at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

– The nomination list is a gold mine for anyone interested in international children’s and YA literature. I hope that this list will be spread and used in all possible situations concerning reading and storytelling, says professor Boel Westin after making the presentation.
 

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ALMA jury chairman Professor Boel Westin with guests at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, October 11, Photo (c) Kulturexpress

 

More than a hundred nominating bodies worldwide have proposed candidates for the 2019 award. Among the 246 candidates, 46 percent are women, 41 percent men and 13 percent are organisations. The candidates represent all continents and are authors, illustrators, reading promoters and storytellers. Many have been nominated before, but this year’s list also includes 47 new names. United Kingdom has the highest number of nominees (24).
 

Candidates 2019
246 candidates from 64 countries are nominated to the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The candidates were presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 11 by the ALMA-jury chair Boel Westin. The list below is a gold mine for anyone interested in children's and YA literature. Enjoy!
The 2019 ALMA laureate will be announced on April 2, 2019.

Antigua and Barbuda
Joy Lawrence, Promoter of reading


Argentina
Maria Teresa Andruetto, Author
CEDILIJ, Organisation
Jorge Luján, Author
Istvansch Schritter, Author/Illustrator/Promoter of reading


Australia
Randa Abdel-Fattah, Author
Ursula Dubosarsky, Author
Mem Fox, Author
Susanne Gervay, Author
Morris Gleitzman, Author
Indigenous Literary Foundation, Organisation
Robert Ingpen, Illustrator
Margo Lanagan, Author
Melina Marchetta, Author
Margaret Wild, Author


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


Azerbaijan
Gasham Isabayli, Author
Sevinj Nurugizi, Author


Belgium
Carll Cneut, Illustrator
Anne Herbauts, Author/Illustrator
Bart Moeyaert, Author
Prix Bernard Versele, Organisation
Marie Wabbes, Author/Illustrator
Klaas Verplancke, Author/Illustrator


Bolivia
Biblioteca Thurucapitas, Organisation
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Šimo Ešić, Author
Fahrudin Kučuk, Author


Brazil
Ana Maria Machado, Author
Roger Mello, Author/Illustrator


Bulgaria
Maya Dalgacheva, Author
Viktor Samuilov, Author
Julia Spiridonova, Author
Lyuben Zidarov, Illustrator


Canada
Deborah Ellis, Author
Sarah Ellis, Author
Marie-Francine Hébert, Author
Troy Kent, Promoter of reading
Jon Klassen, Author/Illustrator


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


Croatia
Andrea Petrlik Huseinović, Illustrator
Read to Me Campaign, Organisation


Cyprus
Maria Pyliotou, Author


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


Denmark
Kim Fupz Aakeson, Author
Lilian Brřgger, Illustrator
Louis Jensen, Author
Dorte Karrebaek, Illustrator


Ecuador
Edna Iturralde, Author


Estonia
Piret Raud, Author
Ulla Saar, Illustrator
Leelo Tungal, Author


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

Finland
Linda Bondestam, Illustrator
Marika Maijala, Author/Illustrator
Timo Parvela, Author
Laura Ruohonen & Erika Kallasmaa, Author and Illustrator
Salla Savolainen, Author/Illustrator
Maria Turtschaninoff, Author


France
A.C.C.E.S., Organisation
Benjamin Chaud, Author/Illustrator
Les Doigts qui ręvent, Organisation
Olivier Douzou, Author/Illustrator Timothée de Fombelle, Author
Bernard Friot, Author
Jean-Claude Mourlevat, Author
Marie-Aude Murail, Author
Geneviéve Patte, Promoter of reading
Marjane Satrapi, Author/Illustrator
Joann Sfar, Author/Illustrator


Georgia
Bondo Matsaberidze, Author
Tea Topuria, Author


Germany
Aljoscha Blau, Illustrator
Nadia Budde, Author/Illustrator
Cornelia Funke, Author/Illustrator
Nikolaus Heidelbach, Illustrator
International Youth Library, Organisation
Janosch, Author/Illustrator
Labor Ateliergemeinschaft, Organisation
Eva Muggenthaler, Author/Illustrator
Mirjam Pressler, Author
Stiftung Lesen/German Reading Foundation, Organisation


Greece
Vagelis Iliopoulos, Author/Promoter of reading
Library4all, Organisation
Antonis Papatheodoulou, Author
Yolanda Pateraki, Author
Eugene Trivizas, Author

 

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


Hungary
Istvan Csukas, Author
Hungarian Fairy Tale and Story Museum, Organisation
János Lackfi, Author
Tibor Zalán, Author


Iceland
Ćvar Ţór Benediktsson, Promoter of reading

 
India
A & A Book Trust, Organisation
Katha, Organisation
Pratham Books, Organisation


Indonesia
Murti Bunanta, Promoter of reading


Iran
Children’s Book Council, Organisation
Farhad Hassanzadeh, Author
Jamshid Khanian, Author
Mobile Library of Iran, Organisation
Narges Mohammadi, Illustrator
Houshang Moradi Kermani, Author
Read with Me, Organisation
Aliasghar Seidabadi, Promoter of reading

 

Ireland
Chris Judge, Author
PJ Lynch, Illustrator
Sheena Wilkinson, Author


Israel
Rutu Modan, Author/Illustrator


Italy
Beatrice Alemagna, Author/Illustrator
Chiara Carminati, Author
Lampedusa Library, Organisation
Sarolta Szulyovszky, Illustrator
Ivory Coast
Fatou Keita, Author/Promoter of Reading

Jordan
Taghrid al-Najjar, Author

Republic of Korea
Heena Baek, Illustrator
Lee Juyoung, Promoter of reading
Lee Uk-Bae, Illustrator

Latvia
Gundega Muzikante, Illustrator
Inese Zandere, Author

Lebanon/Belgium
Fatima Sharafeddine, Author

Lithuania
Kestutis Kasparavicius, Author/Illustrator

Mexico
Silvia Dubovoy, Author

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

New Zealand
Joy Cowley, Author/Promoter of reading

Nicaragua
German Nicaraguan Library and the Bibliobús Bertold Brecht, Organisation

Norway
Lene Ask, Illustrator
Rune Belsvik, Author
Gro Dahle, Author
Harald Rosenlřw Eeg, Author
Fam Ekman, Author/Illustrator
Anna Fiske, Author/Illustrator
Foreningen !les, Organisation
Stian Hole, Author/Illustrator
Marit Kaldhol, Author
Gry Moursund, Author/Illustrator
Svein Nyhus, Author/Illustrator
Maria Parr, Author
Bjřrn Rřrvik, Author
Řyvind Torseter, Illustrator

Palestine
Sonia Nimr, Author

Philippines
Virgilio Senadren Almario, Author
Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Promoter of reading

Poland
All of Poland Reads to Kids, Organisation
Ola Cieślak, Illustrator
Małgorzata Musierowicz, Author
Paweł Pawlak, Illustrator
Marcin Szczygielski, Author
Józef Wilkoń, Illustrator

Portugal
Andante, Organisation
Bernardo P. Carvalho, Illustrator
Maria Teresa Maia Gonzales, Author
Luísa Ducla Soares, Author
Catarina Sobral, Illustrator

Romania
Silviu Baias, Illustrator
Andrea Kürti, Illustrator
Cristiana Radu, Illustrator
Russian Federation
Anastasia Arkhipova, Illustrator
Nina Dashevskaya, Author
Russian State Children´s Library, Organisation
Alexander Traugot, Illustrator
Mikhail Yasnov, Author

Serbia
Ljubivoje Ršumović, Author

Slovenia
Slavko Pregl, Author
Anja Štefan, Author

South Africa
Biblionef, Organisation
Niki Daly, Author/Illustrator
Gcina Mhlope, Author/Oral storyteller/Promoter of reading
Beverley Naidoo, Author
The Bookery, Organisation

Spain
Fundaciň Jordi Sierra i Fabra, Organisation
Alfredo Gómez Cerdá, Author
Elena Odriozola, Illustrator

Sweden
Eva Eriksson, Illustrator
Joanna Hellgren, Illustrator
Olof Landström, Illustrator
Pija Lindenbaum, Author/Illustrator
Eva Lindström, Author/Illustrator
Frida Nilsson, Author
Anna-Clara Tidholm, Illustrator
Thomas Tidholm, Author
Cecilia Torudd, Author/Illustrator
Jakob Wegelius, Author/Illustrator
Ilon Wikland, Illustrator
Monica Zak, Author

Switzerland
Albertine, Illustrator
Franz Hohler, Author

Taiwan
Jimmy Liao, Author/Illustrator

Turkey
Çocuk Vakfı (Children's Foundation), Organisation
Fatih Erdoğan, Author/Promoter of reading

Ukraine
Kost Lavro, Illustrator
Zirka Menzatiuk, Author

United Kingdom
Allan Ahlberg, Author
David Almond, Author
Malorie Blackman, Author
Quentin Blake, Illustrator
Book Aid International, Organisation
Aidan Chambers, Author
Aidan & Nancy Chambers, Promoters of reading
Michael Foreman, Author/Illustrator
Daniel Hahn, Promoter of reading
Shirley Hughes, Author/Illustrator
Oliver Jeffers, Author/Illustrator
Elizabeth Laird, Author
Michelle Magorian, Author
Margaret Meek Spencer, Promoter of reading
Daniel Morden, Author/Oral storyteller
Michael Morpurgo, Author
Patrick Ness, Author
Luke Pearson, Author/Illustrator
Jan Pienkowski, Illustrator
Chris Riddell, Illustrator
Katherine Rundell, Author
Marcus Sedgwick, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator
David Wood, Author

United States
Laurie Halse Anderson, Author
Judy Blume, Author
LeVar Burton, Promoter of reading
Eric Carle, Author/Illustrator
Children's Literature New England, Organisation
Kate DiCamillo, Author
Margarita Engle, Author
Maira Kalman, Author/Illustrator
Stephen Krashen, Promoter of reading
Gregory Maguire, Author/Promoter of reading
Christopher Myers, Author/Illustrator
Neighborhood Bridges, Organisation
Peter Sís, Illustrator
Tim Tingle, Oral storyteller
Mildred Taylor, Author
Jack Zipes, Author/Promoter of reading

Zambia
Lubuto Library Partners, Organisation


Announcement April 2
 

 
 

ALMA jury chairman Professor Boel Westin with guests at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, October 11, Photo (c) Kulturexpress

The laureate or laureates of the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced in Stockholm and Bologna immediately following the jury’s final meeting on April 2 of next year. So far, seventeen laureates have received the award; the latest recipient is the American author Jacqueline Woodson. The award rewards works or activities of the highest quality but the laureates must also embrace the humanistic values that Astrid Lindgren treasured.

– The jury now has the challenging but very pleasant and rewarding job of finding one or more laureates for 2019. We have meetings once a month and between meetings we read piles of books and documents. I look forward to learn more about the works and the activities of the candidates, says Boel Westin.

 

 

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October 27, 2018