Astrid Lindgren’s spirit lives on

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    Astrid Lindgren Photo: SI

Today November 14, 110 years ago, Swedish author Astrid Lindgren was born. She became one of Sweden’s most important authors, beloved around the globe, translated into nearly 100 languages, and praised by readers of all ages.

Astrid Lindgren has created many memorable, inspiring characters. One of them is Pippi Longstocking, a girl who dared to stand up to restrictive rules and oppression and forge her own path in life. Pippi Longstocking became a feminist icon the world over and a role model for a generation of young girls.  Most of Astrid Lindgren’s characters still spread their creator’s message: that children have the right to be treated with respect and love, and adults have the obligation to meet their fundamental needs, for food and shelter but also for attention, loving care, security, and stimulation of mind and body. Never, throughout her long life, did Astrid waver in her focus. In book after book—and from movie screens and theater stages—her message was repeated.

Astrid was not only an author but also a book editor. She spent 25 years encouraging writers, ushering in what has been called a second Golden Age for Swedish children’s literature. She opened the door to the international successes that Swedish children’s culture and literature experienced in the late 20th century, and she followed and nurtured many writers, sometimes from a shaky beginning. The 2014 ALMA laureate Barbro Lindgren was just one of them.

When she died in 2002, the Swedish government founded this international award in her name, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature. The award amounts to SEK 5 million and is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible for the award, which is designed to promote interest in children's and young adult literature. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the foundation of our work. An expert jury selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council

Read more about Astrid Lindgren and the ALMA award here