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African Children’s Literary Award Invites Submission

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By Iminza Keboge Published April 1, 2017 Citizens of African countries are invited to submit their unpublished manuscripts and illustrations for children’s stories to the 8th Golden Baobab Prize by December 1, 2017. Touted as being Africa’s leading literary award for children’s works, the Accra (Ghana)-based Golden Baobab Prize awards prizes in three categories: The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 4-8 The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 9-11, and The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators, for the best artwork that matches illustration briefs provided, intended for children ages 4-11. RELATED:Memorial Prize for African Artists Launched All winners will receive a cash prize of US$5000 and press publicity. Winners of the literature prizes are guaranteed a publishing deal. Longlisted and Shortlisted writers are connected with publishers across Africa. Finalist illustrators participate in exhibitions and have their work shared with a network of African and international publishers. Further details on the prize are available at goldenbaobab.org website. RELATED:Best Children’s Literature Award Winner in 2017 to be Unveiled Meanwhile, players in the field of art and literature are waiting for the unveiling of the winner of the world’s largest award for literature for children and youth on April 4, 2017. The SEK 5 million prize, known as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. RELATED:Australian Book Celebrates Lola Kenya Screen

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Best Children’s Literature Award Winner in 2017 to be Unveiled

South Africa's Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) won ALMA in 2015 for providing children with high-quality literature in the various South African languages.

By Iminza Keboge Published March 4, 2017 The winner of the world’s largest award for literature for children and youth in 2017 shall be announced on April 4, 2017. Known as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) and founded on the United Nation’s Convention of Rights of the Child, the winner shall come from among 226 nominees from 60 countries. A Press Statement from ALMA says Alice Bah Kuhnke, the Minister for Culture and Democracy of Sweden, shall give a speech from the National Library in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, at 1:00 PM CET. Boel Westin, the Jury Chair, will then announce the laureate of 2017 followed by a presentation of the laureate by the jury. The event will be broadcast live on alma.se and via a link to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the leading international book fair for children and youth. RELATED:World’s Largest Children’s Literature Award Announces Nominees Those eligible for the US$6 Million ALMA are authors, illustrators, storytellers and individuals and organisations that promote reading among children and youth. Among the nominees whose names were unveiled at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany on October 20, 2016 are Zambia’s Lubuto Library Partners and South Africa’s Biblionef and multi-award-winning author and illustrator Niki Daly ‘whose picture books celebrate the imaginative powers of children and their day-to-day lives’. Can they bring the prize to the Mother Continent, as did South Africa’s Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) do two years ago? Cape Town-based PRAESA won the ALMA in 2015 for providing children with high-quality literature in the various South African languages; collaborating with and fostering new networks among publishers and organisations that promote reading; and for initiating and carrying out activities that “help sustain a living culture of reading and storytelling in socially vulnerable communities.” …

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Best Children’s Literature Winner to Receive Award

London (UK)-based US American writer, Meg Rosoff, to receive Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) for the best children’s literature in 2016

The winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) for the best children’s literature in 2016 shall receive the award on May 30, 2016. RELATED:How Do You Stand with the Digital Workplace of 2025? ALMA–the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature–shall be preceded by a weeklong of activities celebrating and promoting reading among young people. The winner, Meg Rosoff of the United States of America, is scheduled to meet with children and youth; visit Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home, Näs, in Vimmerby; address the public in a conversation with ALMA jury member; participate in a talk show on Swedish National Television; and meet with press and media representatives during the week that starts on May 23, 2016. “To be the compere of the tribute for this year´s laureate, Meg Rosoff, is an honour and a joy for an old warrior for children’s and young adult culture like me,” says writer, artist and librarian Katti Hoflin who shall lead the award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen’s Specialised Forum to Serve Romantic Drama Alice Bah Kuhnke, Sweden’s Minister for Culture, shall present the award, worth 5 Million Swedish Kronas (about US$6 Million). ALMA is given annually to a single laureate or to several people drawn from among authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters. Based on the UN convention of rights of the child, ALMA is designed to promote interest in literature for children and youth. A jury selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations around the world. ALMA was founded by the Government of Sweden in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council. An ArtMatters.Info article.

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