Shaun Tan, the award-winning author of some of the most amazing picture books, has won the biggest prize for children’s books. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was set up in memory of Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, and is awarded every year to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those who promote reading. It is the richest award for children’s literature, with a grand prize of close to $NZ1 million!
If you’ve never read or looked at a book by Shaun Tan you don’t know what you’re missing out on. He has illustrated more than 20 books, including The Lost Thing, Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Arrival, and my favourite, Tales from Outer Suburbia. His illustrations are weird and wonderful, and he can tell an amazing story without using words. Shaun Tan has been super lucky recently because his short film of his book, The Lost Thing, won an Oscar at the Academy Awards.