The 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award has been given to Belgian illustrator, Kitty Crowther. This Swedish award is the world’s largest prize for children and young adult literature. The award money equates to about 490,000 Euros.
Here is a quote about Crowther’s work from the award’s website:
Kitty Crowther is the master of line but also of atmosphere. She maintains the tradition of the picture book while transforming and renewing it. In her world, the door between imagination and reality is wide open. She addresses the reader gently and personally, but with profound effect. In her deeply felt empathy with people in difficulty, she shows ways in which weakness can be turned into strength. Humanism and sympathy permeate and unify her artistry.