Meet the nominees for the 2024 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

This year’s nominees span the entire Nordic Region with works from all countries and language areas. The books deal with life difficulties that children and young people are confronted with in the form of absent parents, bullying and loneliness, as well as bigger social problems such as violence, war, and fleeing difficult situations. Human power over nature, our smallness and our responsibility are also brought up, while the works also look at nature’s roles as a haven for play, and as a source of hope, comfort, and reflection.  

Here are the books that could win the 2024 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize: 

Denmark

Finland

Faroe Islands

Greenland

Iceland

Norway

Sami language area

Sweden

Åland

 

The works have been nominated by the national members of the adjudication committee for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize.

Winner to be announced on 22 October

The winner of the 2024 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize will be announced during a television broadcast on 22 October, which can be watched in all the Nordic countries. During an awards ceremony in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council in Reykjavik in the week commencing 28 October, the winner will receive the “Nordlys” statuette. The prize is worth DKK 300 000.

About the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize was first awarded in 2013. The prize was born out of the long-standing desire of the Nordic ministers for culture to strengthen and highlight literature for children and young people in the Nordic Region.  

The prize goes to a literary work for children and young people written in one of the Nordic languages. The work can combine text and images, and must meet high literary and artistic standards.