Wolf Erlbruch is the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award laureate!
5 Apr 2017
Gecko Press are proud to announce that Wolf Erlbruch has won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for 2017. Wolf Erlbruch is an internationally celebrated German illustrator and picture book author. He has written and illustrated ten of his own books, and illustrated almost fifty titles by other authors. Gecko Press has published three of his books: The King and the Sea, The Fearsome Five, and Duck, Death and the Tulip.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the largest award for children’s and young adult literature, which it aims to promote worldwide. An expert jury selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world.
Wolf Erlbruch described by the jury
The jury says: Wolf Erlbruch makes existential questions accessible and manageable for readers of all ages. With humour and warmth deeply rooted in humanist ideals, his work presents the universe on our scale. He is a master of the illustrator’s art who honours tradition whilst opening new creative doors. Wolf Erlbruch is a careful and caring visionary.
Wolf Erlbruch often embarks on existential journeys, posing important questions about the meaning of life and death with both humour and clarity. Duck, Death and the Tulip (2008), a tender story in which little Duck gets a visit from Death, has been hailed as a modern classic and often described as the most beautiful book ever published about death. A simple and refined meditation on the nature of life and the omnipresence of death, it speaks to children and adults alike."
Wolf Erlbruch has received numerous awards, including the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his complete works.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 29 May 2017.