Info from The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and wikipedia accessed 6/19/13
The award was established in 2002 by the Swedish government following the death of Pippi Longstocking author Lindgren, aged 94, and is given to a body of work "in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren, with a focus on a profound respect for democratic values and human rights". Previous winners include Philip Pullman, Maurice Sendak and Sonya Hartnett.
"It's nice to be on the list but I'm not going to hold my breath," said Chambers. "I've been on it every year since it started [so] my form is not too good. If I were a racehorse, I wouldn't be backing me."
The winner of the prize, selected by a 12-member jury of experts in children's literature and children's rights, including a member of Lindgren's family is announced in March at Lindgren's birth place in Vimmerby, Sweden.
Year Winner Country
2003 Maurice Sendak United States & Christine Nöstlinger Austria
2004 Lygia Bojunga Nunes Brazil
2005 Philip Pullman United Kingdom & Ryōji Arai Japan
2006 Katherine Paterson United States
2007 Banco del Libro Venezuela
2008 Sonya Hartnett Australia
2009 Tamer Institute for Community Education Palestine
2010 Kitty Crowther - Belgium
2011 Shaun Tan - Australia
2012 Guus Kuijer - Netherlands
2013 Isol - Argentina