*Sam* and *Benny* books author wins prize!

Swedish author Barbro Lindgren has won the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the largest award for children’s literature with a prize of five million Swedish crowns. (This is about $774,000.) 


Barbro Lindgren has written lots of books. They are (probably) all available in Sweden, where she lives. Here at HCPL, though, we just have some of the Benny books and Sam books and one other picture book

The Sam books are some of the absolutely best (BEST!!) books for toddlers!

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards artistic activity of the very highest quality, whether it is for writing, illustration, or even storytelling. The committee considers everything the person has created, not just one book. The award may also be presented to persons or organizations working to stimulate reading by children and young adults. Only living persons may receive the award.

The award winner is chosen by a jury with broad expertise in international children’s and young adult literature, reading promotion, and children’s rights. The 12 members include authors, literary critics, scholars, illustrators and librarians. One member represents Astrid Lindgren's family. Nominees for the award come from all over the world. This year there were 238 candidates from 68 countries.

Astrid Lindgren was, of course, the author of the classic Pippi Longstocking books. She is one of Sweden’s most important authors. Her works have been translated into more than 90 languages. Astrid Lindgren died in 2002 at the age of 94, but her stories will live forever. To honor her memory and to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature around the world, the Swedish government founded an international award in her name, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.