A Royal Ceremony for Children's Literature Award
On Monday, May 28, the world's richest prize for children's literature was awarded to a Dutch author, Guus Kuijer, at a ceremony in Stockholm concert hall. The 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) was worth SEK 5 million (USD ~693,000), and was handed to Kuijer by Crown Princess Victoria.
[Kerstin Brunnberg, Chair of the Swedish Arts Council]:
"It is really my great pleasure to welcome you all to this award ceremony. This evening is very special, not only for our guest of honor Guus Kuijer but also for the award itself which is now celebrating its tenth anniversary."
Kuijer was awarded for his portrayals of problems facing modern society and life's big questions. According to the jury, the "uncompromising perspective of the child" is always present in his books.