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17.09.09 | Katie Allen
UK children's writers Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Quentin Blake, David Almond, Diana Wynne Jones, and Shirley Hughes have all been nominated for the world’s most lucrative prize for children’s and young adult literature—the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).
Also up for the SEK 5m prize (£441,000) are author Aidan Chambers, who is also nominated for his work promoting children's reading, with his wife Nancy; and children's literacy expert Margaret Meek Spencer.
A total of 168 candidates from more than 60 countries have been nominated for the 2010 award; the winner or winners will be announced at the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren in Vimmerby, Sweden, on March 24th 2010.
ALMA is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several authors, illustrators, oral storytellers
or those active in reading promotion. The award is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature, and in children’s rights, globally.