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.
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of furniture giant Ikea, has died at the age of 91. Kamprad started selling matches at the age of five, buying them in bulk and selling them individually.
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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