Wednesday, March 14, 2007

2007 Astrid Lindgren Award

The Astrid Lindgren award has been announced. This is a big one because of the money involved--approximately $700,000. Last year, Katherine Paterson was the big winner. This year? Banco del Libro in Venezuela. Here's the jury's statement:
  • In a true pioneering spirit, with ingenuity and a sheer determination, the Banco del Libro has constantly sought new ways of disseminating books and promoting reading among children in Venezuela. Enthusiasm, professionalism, closeness to the children and a refreshing lack of bureaucracy are the hallmarks of the Banco del Libro's work, whether in shanty towns, mountain villages, universities or out in cyberspace.

The Astrid Lindgren award is, obviously, not just for writers. Here's the foundation's statement on its purpose: "Not only authors are eligible. Illustrators, story-tellers and people or organisations that make valuable contributions to the promotion of reading can also be recognised. "