STOCKHOLM, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Swedish writer Barbro Lindgren is announced as the winner of the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award of Sweden on Tuesday.
Barbro, born in 1937, is a Swedish author of "innovative and multifaceted" works for children of all ages. And her work mainly includes picture books, poetry, plays and books for young adults.
"Barbro Lindgren is a literary pioneer. Using adventurous language and rich psychological nuance, she has re-invented not only the picture book for the very young but also the absurd prose story, the existential children's poem, and realistic fiction for young adults," according to the jury's citation.
"With perfect pitch, she presents to us both playful shenanigans and moments of bright joy, and the inscrutable nature of life and the nearness of death," says the jury.
Barbro Lindgren's stories are often humorous and possess a warm tone of voice that speaks directly to the child, whether she is offering amusing escapades or more serious reflections, says the jury in a statement.
Lindgren has an education in the arts and has illustrated several of her own books including her first book "Mattias' summer" in 1965.
After that she started her long-time cooperation with the illustrator Eva Eriksson since 1979 when "the Story of the Little Old Man" came out, and their "greatest success" came with series of picture books about little Max and the everyday adventures in the life of a small child.
Since Lindgren made her debut in 1965, she has published over 100 titles and her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is an international prize for children's and young people's literature. It was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council. The prize is five million Swedish kronor (about 0.8 million U.S. dollars).
This year the award will be presented at the Stockholm Concert Hall on June 2 .