Kanoon’s Iranian Nominations for ALMA 2023 Announced

TEHRAN – The Iranian Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCY-Kanoon) announced its nominees for the 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) on Tuesday.

Thus, the writer Hamidreza Shahabadi and the illustrator Reza Dalvand will compete for the prestigious prize awarded each year by the Swedish government to promote children’s and young people’s literature in the world.

The Research Institute for the History of Children’s Literature and the Iranian Children’s Book Council are other Iranian cultural centers authorized to select Iranian nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize.

Shahabadi, who was nominated for the award in 2021 and 2022, is also the director of Madreseh Publications, a textbook publisher.

He is the author of “A Smiling Banana”, which was selected by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) for its 2021 Collection for Young People with Disabilities.

He also wrote “No One Dares to Do That”, a thriller published in Braille. His credits also include “Goethe Street Café”, “When Moji Was Lost” and “Vertical Cemetery”.

Dalvand, 32, is the illustrator of dozens of books, including “Where Is My House?” and “The Gluttonous Washing Machine”, “Gulistan” and “Mrs. Bibi’s Elephant”.

His works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in England, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine and several other countries.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is worth 5 million SEK (around €570,000), making it the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature.

The award was established in 2002 by the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs to commemorate Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren and to promote literature for children and young people worldwide.

Each year, more than 250 people and organizations from around the world are nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Candidates are authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters.

The jury, made up of twelve members, has the difficult but enjoyable task of evaluating the candidates each year and selecting one (or more) winner(s).

The jury will announce the 2023 winner in March at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy.

Swedish illustrator Eva Lindstrom won ALMA 2022. She has published some 35 solo titles and illustrated many books by other authors. His work has been honored with several awards.

Photo: A file photo shows copies of illustrated books by Iranian artist Reza Dalvand.

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