Prominent Iranian researcher and founder of the Children’s Book Council Touran Mirhadi has been nominated for the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Mirhadi was selected for her research on the history of children’s literature in Iran by the organizers of the Award, which is annually presented by the Swedish government.
The Iranian female researcher is honored for her lifetime achievements in children’s literature and education as well.
Mirhadi along with 37 professionals and others interested in the cultural development of the young generation founded the Children’s Book Council (CBC).
Established in 1968, the CBC was registered as a non-governmental, not for profit, cultural organization devoted to the promotion of children’s literature in Iran.
The German-Iranian scholar and editor was born in Tehran in 1927 and studied at the Sorbonne University in France.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the world’s largest prize for children and young adults’ literature. It is annually presented to a single recipient or to several individuals. Authors, illustrators and oral storytellers are eligible to receive the prize.
Dutch author Guus Kuijer received the 2012 Astrid Lindgren memorial award, and Australian writer and illustrator Shaun Tan won the award in 2011.