Guus Kuijer wins Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012

“With an unprejudiced gaze and a sharp intellect, Guus Kuijer portrays both the problems facing contemporary society and life’s big questions. Respect for children is as self-evident in his works as his rejection of intolerance and oppression. Kuijer combines serious subject matter and razor-sharp realism with warmth, subtle humour and visionary flights of fancy. His simple, clear and precise style accommodates both deep philosophical insight and graceful poetic expression.”

With these words from the Swedish jury, Dutch author Guus Kuijer has been awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012. Guus Kuijer has written more than 30 books since making his debut in 1975 and receives five million Swedish kronor (€450,000) for the award - the largest prize in children's fiction.

Guus Kuijer’s key works include The Book of Everything, Florian Knol and the series of five books about the girl Polleke. Guus Kuijer has won a number of literary prizes, including the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis on two occasions. He is a four-time recipient of the Netherlands’ biggest children’s literature prize, the Gouden Griffel, and has also received the Staatsprijs voor kinder- en jeugdliteratuur. His works have been translated into more than 10 languages, including English, Swedish, German, Italian and Japanese.