Astrid Lindgren – the Winner

If you follow my author blog, you may remember me mentioning being a nominee for this prize last year.

Well, the winner has been announced and it is US author Jacqueline Woodson (who has been on my to-read list for a while). Here are some details via BBC:

“Her books include National Book Prize winner Brown Girl Dreaming, a memoir of her childhood written in verse.

The writer will receive five million Swedish krona ($600,000, £430,000) at a ceremony on 28 May in Stockholm.

Woodson is the 15th recipient of the prize, named after the Swedish creator of Pippi Longstocking.

Brown Girl Dreaming, published in 2014, describes her childhood in South Carolina and New York in the 1960s and ’70s, decades marked by civil rights marches, inequality and violence.

The author was also named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in the US in January.

She has written more than 30 books in total, most of which focus on teens making the transition from childhood to adult life.

The Lindgren jury said: “Jacqueline Woodson introduces us to resilient young people fighting to find a place where their lives can take root. In language as light as air, she tells stories of resounding richness and depth. ”

It was a formidable list of nominees from all over the world; congratulations to Ms. Woodson on separating from the pack and claiming the prize.

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