The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (the ALMA) is an international children's literature award established by the Swedish government in 2002 in honor of the Swedish children's books author Astrid Lindgren. The prize is awarded annually for an amount of five million SEK.

This year’s winner is Australian illustrator Shaun Tan, famous for books like “The rabbits,” “The lost thing,” “The Red Tree” and “Tales from Outer Suburbia.”

According to the jury, “Tan is a virtuoso, a visual storyteller and a guide to new possibilities of the picture book. His picture worlds create their own cosmos, where nothing is obvious yet everything is possible."

For more info, see Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award