The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominations 2013

The Astrid Lindgren Nominations for 2013 have been announced and we are delighted to congratulate our many authors and illustrators for their inclusion on the list.

“The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is given 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 to strengthen children’s rights globally. An expert jury selects the winners from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations worldwide. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.” 

Congratulations to …

Melina Marchetta 

Is one of Australia’s most successful young-adult novelists and is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author in more than twenty countries and in eighteen languages. In 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for On the Jellicoe Road, and Melina’s screenplay for this book is set to be made into a major film in 2013 with an international cast to be directed by Looking for Alibrandi director Kate Woods. Melina is also developing a television series with writer/director Cathy Randall (Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger) and is a writer for ABC-TV’s Dance AcademyFinnikin of the Rock was first published in Australia in 2008 followed in 2010 by the companion novel to her award-winning book Saving FrancescaThe Piper’s Son, long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award and short-listed for many other literary awards in Australia and internationallyMelina is also the author of The Gorgon in the Gully for younger readers. Book Three in the Lumatere Chronicles, Quintana of Charyn, was published in 2012. This year marks the twenty-year anniversary of Melina Marchetta’s first novel Looking for Alibrandi, the much-loved Australian classic, which was made into a major motion picture and has sold more than half a million copies in Australia. In her latest books, the Lumatere Chronicles Marchetta continues to explore the politics and emotion of exile from homeland that has characterised all of her novels.

Morris Gleitzman

Grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. He was a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now he’s one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors, with a list of books far too long to recount here in its entirety, but among them – Once, Then, Now, After, Too Small to Fail, Waterwings, Two Weeks with the Queen and many others.

Ursula Dubosarsky

Is widely regarded as one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She is the author of many outstanding books, both for young adults and for children, and has won numerous awards for excellence. Abyssinia was winner of the 2004 South Australian Festival Award for Literature and was also shortlisted for NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. In 2006 Theodora’s Gift won both the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Awards. Ursula has a PhD in English literature from Macquarie University and lives in Sydney with her family.

Her collaboration with Tohby Riddle for The Word Spy and Return of the Word Spy, both of which also won major national awards, is already proving how prescient an author she is, with the current emphasis swinging back to teaching the basics of grammar in primary school.

Most recently, Ursula’s collaboration with Andrew Joyner on the much-loved and delightful picture books The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in this House, continues to entertain readers young and old the world over.

Eric Carle

Is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension – die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket’s song as in The Very Quiet Cricket – giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Lynley Dodd

Lynley Dodd graduated from the Elam School of Art in Auckland with a diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. She went on to teach art before taking a break to start a family. She began to work as a freelance illustrator and collaborated with author Eve Sutton on My Cat Likes To Hide in Boxes. There was no looking back as Lynley went on to write and illustrate her own books for children. Exuberant artwork and bouncy rhymes come together perfectly in books like Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. As well as being a visual delight, these are some of the most rewarding books for children and adults to read out loud. It comes as no surprise that, as a child, she adored Dr Seuss because of his ‘crazy sounds and the fact that he took such liberties with the English language.’ Other favourite authors included A A Milne and the fairy tales of The Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Today, Lynley is a big fan of Quentin Blake ‘because of his humour and very clever art work.’

Meg Rosoff 

Born in Boston, USA but now lives in Highbury, London with her husband, the painter Paul Hamlyn, and their daughter Gloria.

How I Live Now was Meg Rosoff’s debut novel, which won the Guardian and Branford Boase Awards and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for New Fiction as well as the Whitbread. It garnered the sort of rave acclaim most writers only ever dream of and is now in production as a major motion picture. Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, championed it right from the beginning, saying, ‘That rare, rare thing, a first novel with a sustained, magical and utterly faultless voice. After five pages I knew that she could persuade me to believe almost anything.’

Since How I Live Now, Meg has gone on to write several award-winning books for teenagers including Just in CaseWhat I Was and The Bride’s Farewell. She has also written Jumpy Jack and GoogilyMeet Wild Boars and Wild Boars Cook for very young children and a special pocket money Puffin called Vamoose!

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