Kitty Crowther, recipient of the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Kitty Crowther Wins Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Kitty Crowther, a Belgian illustrator , has been awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The annual prize is given in honour of the famous Swedish children's author who created classics like Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-On-The-Roof.

The Swedish Arts Council called Crowther , who has a Swedish mother and English father, a "master of line but also of atmosphere. She maintains the tradition of the picture book while transforming and renewing it. In her world, the door between imagination and reality is wide open. She addresses the reader gently and personally, but with profound effect."

The prize committee added that "in her deeply felt empathy with people in difficulty, she shows ways in which weakness can be turned into strength. Humanism and sympathy permeate and unify her artistry."

The prize, which has been given since 2003, is the world's biggest award for children's literature, and comes with a check for five million kronor or about 700,000 US dollars.

Crowther told Swedish public service radio Ekot "'s like a huge gift and I don't know really what to do with it."

A total of 167 people were nominated for this year's award.

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