The names of the authors, illustrators and organizations promoting love of reading who are candidates for this year’s important ALMA award have been announced.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the top award for a children’s book creator (author or illustrator) or an organization promoting love of reading. It has been awarded each year since 2002, when it was established by the Swedish government, with the purpose to enhance interest for literature in children and young persons. The Swedish Arts Council is responsible for all decisions. The award is accompanied by an amount of 500.000 euro.
Among the 263 candidates in the list, we find the names of great creators, like the Canadian illustrator Isabelle Arsenault, American-Canadian creator Jon Klassen, while from Greece author Vasilis Papatheodorou, author Antonis Papatheodoulou, author Loti Petrovits Androutsopoulou and illustrator Iris Samartzi, our own Iris, the person responsible for Littles Atelier for so many years, have been proposed for the Astrid Lindgren Award.
The winner will be announced on 13 April 2021, but, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it remains open whether the announcement will take place as part of the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, as has been the case every year.