Småland in southern Sweden is a region of unspoiled nature and traditional painted wooden houses. It is famous for its hand-blown glass and story-telling. This is where children's book author Astrid Lindgren grew up.
The world's best-known cheeky redhead is turning 70. Astrid Lindgren's creation, Pippi Longstocking, has been a role model for decades, but how much longer will she survive?
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's highest distinction for literature geared toward children and young people, is awarded to Wolf Erlbruch, a German illustrator and author of children's books.
Meg Rosoff doesn't shy away from life's big issues in her novels for young readers - from marital strife to the existence of God. Her ability to reach hearts and heads has won her the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
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