Astrid Lindgren Prize Candidates Announced

Seven Swedes have been named as candidates for the 2009 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

One hundred and fifty-three nominees from 60 different countries are on the list for the world’s largest children’s and youth literature award.

Illustrators such as Swede Ilon Wikland who illustrated some of Lindgren’s most popular books like Pippi Longstocking as well as Quentin Blake from the UK are also running for the prize along with story-tellers and people or organisations that make valuable contributions to the promotion of reading.

The winner will take home 750,000 US dollars donated by the Swedish government who set up the international prize to promote children’s literature around the world after the death of the well-loved Swedish author in 2002.

The winner will be announced in March next year.