FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2020: IBBY Canada (International Board on Books for Young People, Canadian section) is pleased to announce author Eric Walters as our nominee for the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) — the highest international honour for creators of children’s and youth literature. Walters is one of 263 candidates in the running for the award, from 69 countries across 6 continents.
One of Canada’s most prolific authors of books for children and young adults, Walters has published more than 100 novels and picture books, received more than 120 awards, and presented to more than one million students across Canada and internationally.
Walters, a recipient of the Order of Canada, has also had a profound impact on the promotion of reading, literacy, and other humanitarian causes through several charitable initiatives he has been instrumental in launching. These include National Run Day, which has raised millions of dollars in support of cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation; The Creation of Hope, which provides food, water, and educational support for children in Kenya; and most recently, I Read Canadian Day, a nationwide initiative to inspire families, schools, libraries and bookstores to support and celebrate the abundance, high quality and diversity of Canadian literature.
“IBBY Canada is honoured to nominate Eric Walters as our candidate for the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award,” says Mary Beth Leatherdale, Past President of IBBY Canada. “His work has been enthusiastically received by children and young adults as well as reviewers, teachers and parents, and his deep respect for, and commitment to, the rights of children and youth are apparent both on the page and off.”
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, established by the Swedish government, is an annual international prize of five million Swedish crowns (approximately CAD $750,000) that aims to increase interest in children’s literature and promote children’s rights to culture on a global level. The award, which may be given to authors, illustrators, storytellers and/or people and organizations that work to promote of reading, is named in honour of Sweden’s Astrid Lindgren, the popular and beloved author who created Pippi Longstocking. National sections of IBBY from around the world may submit nominations for the Award.
Winners will be announced on April 13, 2021. See the full list of nominees from IBBY International here: https://alma.se/en/nomination/candidates/
IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), was founded in 1953. It is a network of organizations in 79 countries committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada, established in 1980 (www.ibby-canada.org), is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit www.ibby-canada.org.
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