184 candidates from 66 countries are nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012. This was revealed at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday October 13th 2011.
Over one hundred expert organisations from all over the world have nominated the candidates. The recipient or recipients of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced on March 20th 2012.
Here are some of the authors you may be familiar with:
There are of course many other names of authors/illustrators/individuals/organisations who have contributed to children’s literacy and the full list can be found here.
A huge congratulations must go out to all these incredible people and organisations.
In addition to the recent win at the Oscars for ‘The Lost Thing’, it has just been announced that Shaun Tan is the recipient of the presitgious 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
This award is the largest given out for children’s and young adult literature. What an incredible year Shaun is having.
The award jury had this to say about Shaun : “a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age. Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth. People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation. He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism.”
Further information about Shaun and the award can be found here.