Dutch children’s author wins biggest prize

Children’s book writer Guus Kuijer was on Tuesday announced as the 2012 winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He is the first Dutch writer to win.

The award, given to a writer, author or organisation working in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren, is worth five million Swedish kronen (€563,000) and is the biggest children’s book award in the world.
The Swedish government set up the award in 2002 as a memorial to writer Astrid Lindgren, whose books about Pippi Longstocking are popular around the globe.
Kuijer started writing children’s books in the mid-1970s and his five books about Madelief (Daisy) were an immediate success. He went on to win ‘every prize possible’ and in 1999 published Polleke (Polly) which was made into a successful film.

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