Oh my, I've just received some really wonderful news, such uplifting and encouraging news. I've been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awards! I am one of two candidates nominated from Iceland. It's an award that honors the achievement of an author, illustrator or storyteller in children's literature from all over the world. I could not possible be more honored. I'm not sure I'm worthy of being in the company of such masters that have been nominated and/or received the awards. But I sure am gonna enjoy this nomination and cherish this feeling of knowing I must be on the right track with my work. And it's a good feeling.
Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) is without a doubt one of my heroes. I grew up with her stories and now I love reading them for my own children. Her characters were unique, strong, independent and fun. But still they were very real and dealt with real problems in their own unique and humorous ways. And you get the feeling they were created with so much respect for children - respect for the characters and the readers. Her stories will live forever.
I couldn't resist using this image I found of Astrid Lindgren :)