Announcement of the 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award


The 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award laureate will be announced on March 7 in a live program from Stockholm and at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The award amounts to 5 million SEK (approx. 440 000 EUR) making it the largest international children’s and young adult literature award in the world. 251 candidates from 64 countries are nominated.


The announcement will be broadcast live on Swedish Minister for Culture Parisa Liljestrand will perform an official greeting. The ALMA Jury Chair Boel Westin will announce the laureate(s) of 2023 and read the jury’s motivation. This is followed by a presentation of the laureate by jury member Balsam Karam. The event will be hosted by the poet Athena Farrokhzad.


At the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the announcement is shown at the Illustrators Café. At 12:45 pm, Kajsa Ravin, Director General of the Swedish Arts Council, will perform an official greeting followed by speech by Jan Björklund, Ambassador of Sweden to Italy. This is followed by a presentation of the laureate by jury member Katarina Eriksson Barajas.


The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was created in 2002 by the Swedish Government to promote every child’s right to great stories. This global award is given annually to a person or organisation for their outstanding contribution to children’s and young adult literature. With a prize of SEK 5 million, it highlights the importance of reading, today and for future generations.


For added local relevance, we recommend you include any local nominees with the post by browsing through the list of 251 nominees for the 2023 award or (2) checking the list of earlier laureates, this in order to find a candidate from your country or region.


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Also note the International Children’s Book Day on April 2.