23 July, 2010

Belgian Illustrator Receives World’s Largest Children’s Literature Award

Illustrator Kitty Crowther received the world’s largest children’s literature award in a ceremony on 1 June.
 The 5 million SEK (approx 490, 000 EURO) Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was presented by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden in the presence of the Swedish Minister for Culture. On receiving the award, Kitty Crowther comments: “This is a huge honor. I think of this award as a huge tree, covered with spring flowers, with its roots in Sweden.” 1000 specially invited guests celebrated the work of picture book artist Kitty Crowther, interpreted through music and performance. Representatives of the international world of publishing were in attendance, along with politicians and cultural personages. Download or view video material (for free) from the Award Ceremony, and interviews with Kitty Crowther, at: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/ALMA_37402/Default.aspx?videoPID=WaTsb1YCqJodangYzzDugVi32cIm3TG6 Agnes Lidbeck Information Officer The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Swedish Arts Council P.O Box 27215 SE-102 53 Stockholm Sweden Phone: +46 (0) 8 519 264 17 Mobile: +46 (0) 76 540 10 17 Web: www.alma.se www.alma.se/en www.astridlindgrenmemorialaward.wordpress.com The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion may be rewarded. The award is designed to promote interest in children's and young adult literature, and in children's rights, globally. An expert jury selects the winners from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations worldwide. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.

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