American children's author wins huge international honor

Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia, Flip-Flop Girl, and The Master Puppeteer, has won Sweden's most prestigious award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature.

Ms. Paterson, who was informed of this honor on March 15th, did not even know she was nominated.

The prize is named after Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author who created one of children's literature's most beloved characters, Pippi Longstocking.

Ms. Paterson, 73, will receive the $640,000 purse, established by the Swedish government, in Stockholm on May 31st from Crown Princess Victoria.


Very impressive purse! I'm happy for Ms. Paterson, her books were amazing, even if I react very strongly/negatively to them. Its good to have an author that makes you think. :)