Why it’s useful to have a duck

The 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award has been won by Argentinian illustrator and author Isol.

 The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award celebrates children’s and young adult literature. Created to commemorate Swedish author and creator of the imensely popular Pippi Longstockings series, Astrid Lindgren.

Isol was selected as the recipient of the Award from over 200 children and young adult authors, including Australian authors Jackie French, Melina MarchettaUrsula Dubosarsky and Morris Gleitzman. The award has been won by two Australians, Shaun Tan (2011) for The Arrival and Sonja Hartnett (2008) for The Ghost’s Child.

Isol, author of many beautiful childrens books, including It’s Useful to Have a Duck, was praised by the Award judges. ‘Her pictures vibrate with energy and explosive emotions … Taking children’s clear view of the world as her starting point, [Isol] addresses their questions with forceful artistic expression and offers open answers. With liberating humour and levity, she also deals with the darker aspects of existence.’

 Friends, I cannot say much, this is more than I could ever have dreamed of. Thank you to all those who value my work in this way, who enjoy it and give me so much warmth. – Isol

The Astrid Lindgren Award, one of the largest literary awards, aims to promote children’s literature and authors, the joy of reading and the rights of children around the world. Earlier in the year a collection of reading guides were released by the Memorial organisation to promote great children’s and young adults books and inspire questions and discussions on the books’ themes, read about it here.

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