News ID: 122845
Published: 0709 GMT July 20, 2015

Mirhadi nominated for 2016 Astrid Lindgren

Mirhadi nominated for 2016 Astrid Lindgren

Noted Iranian writer and researcher Touran Mirhadi has been nominated for the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

According to ISNA, the History of Children's Literature in Iran (HCLI) nominated the author for the award.

Eminent Iranian writer Houshang Moradi Kermani and poet Mostafa Rahmandoust were other nominees announced by the Children's Book Council. Another nominee in the illustration category was Pejman Rahimizadeh.

The award, which is administered by the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs, was established in 2002 to commemorate the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren and to promote children's and youth literature around the world. It is the world's largest for children's and youth literature, and the second-largest literature prize in the world.

The prize, which is five million Swedish kronor in cash, is awarded to one or more recipients including authors, illustrators, storytellers and promoters of reading.

Researcher and co-founder of the Children's Book Council, Mirhadi, was born in the northern Iranian city of Bandar Anzali in 1927.

She studied educational sciences and psychology under eminent professors such as Henri Wallon and Jean Piaget.

Along with 40 eminent personalities, Mirhadi compiled articles of association for establishing the Children's Book Council of Iran. The council began to compile the Iranian Encyclopedia for Young People in 1979. It is the first colored and illustrated encyclopedia written for children in Persian. It is meant as a reference book for 10- to 16-year-old children.

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