The 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner is GUUS KUIJER!
From the jury:
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. The uncompromising perspective of the child is always present in Kuijer's works, but at the same time, through his young protagonists, he paints a perceptive picture of the adult world. His commitment extends to social and religious issues alike, and the consistent message of his books is one of tolerance, understanding and broad-mindedness.
I'm deeply grateful to receive this award. I hope that it will positively influence the position of children's literature in the Netherlands and abroad. As for my work I consider The Book of Everything the most important.
Many many congratulations to Guus!
Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!