Sweden's Astrid Lindgren memorial award (lotsa de casha, as Madonna might say) has gone to the American author Katherine Paterson, perhaps best known for Bridge to Terabithia. From the award's web site:
This award in Astrid Lindgren's name will give children’s and youth literature the place it deserves in the world. The prize can attract new, gifted story-tellers, authors and illustrators and encourage them to create good literature.
The prize is also a signal to institutions and organisations around the world that good children’s and youth literature is worth millions. And our children are worth more than millions.
Good children’s literature gives the child a place in the world, and the world a place in the child.
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