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.
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.
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.