Hazel Edwards and Jackie French are among the 184 candidates from 66 countries nominated for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The award, in honour of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, is presented to 'authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion work'. The award recognises 'lifetime achievements of the highest artistic quality and in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren with a focus on a profound respect for democratic values and human rights'.
Australians have a good record in winning the prize — of the nine recipients to date, two have been Australians. Sonya Hartnett won in 2008 and Shaun Tan 2011. The next winner will be announced on 20 March 2012.
More information about the world's largest children's literature award is available on the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award website.