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Heena Baek  is the 2020 laureate.Heena Baek  is the 2020 laureate.Heena Baek  is the 2020 laureate.

Heena Baek is the 2020 laureate.

Baek Heena is the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2020

The South Korean author and illustrator Baek Heena has just been awarded the Astrid Lindgren memorial Award.

Baek Heena is one of Korea’s most recognized picture book artists. With a background in film animation, her unique visual style features handmade miniature figurines and environments painstakingly lighted and photographed. She has published thirteen picture books that are popular throughout Asia, a number of which have been translated. One of her most successful books, Cloud Bread, was published in English in 2011.

Citation of the jury:
With exquisite feeling for materials, looks and gestures, Baek Heena’s filmic picture books stage stories about solitude and solidarity. In her evocative miniature worlds, cloud bread and sorbet moons, animals, bath fairies and people converge. Her work is a doorway to the marvellous: sensuous, dizzying and sharp.

The award ceremony was supposed to take place on June 1, but it has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation. A new date has not yet been set.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature. The award amounts to SEK 5 million and is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible for the award, which is designed to promote interest in children's and young adult literature.

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Mariella Kucer

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