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Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Winner Thoughts and Fancies

By now, I’m sure you already heard that Shaun Tan, amazing creator behind The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, and so on and such, was this year’s recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.  Why should you care?  Well apart from the fact that it’s always nice to see genius rewarded, there is the small matter surrounding the money that comes with the prize.  Second only to the Nobel in terms of price, I believe, the Lindgren Award is the most money an author or illustrator of children’s books can win.  It amounts to 5 million krona, or $764,600.  Wowzer.

Lest you pooh-pooh the win by saying that Shaun Tan is always a surefire bet, check out this list of the 2011 candidates.  It’s not easy to beat out Quentin Blake, Eric Carle, Neil Gaiman, the International Youth Library, Julius Lester, and many talented others in one fell swoop, but Mr. Tan managed it.

Of course I was present when they announced the win.  See?

Er . . . Okay, admittedly I’m a little obscured here.  Uh, see the balding guy with the glasses and the gray suit, dead center?  I’m right behind him.  Hello!  Of greater note, Kitty Crowther, last year’s winner (Belgium), is front and center.  Thanks to the Astrid Memorial Award for the photo.

You can learn more about the award on its blog, which is fun.  If you’d like to see how the announcement went down, Cristiana from The Tea Box was kind enough to record the moment:

And this would be incomplete without Mr. Tan’s reaction as well:

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.