In springtime every year, a jury selects the best Swedish picture book amongst last year's releases. This year, the prize goes to Eva Lindström's Kom hem Laila [Come home Laila], a warm and playful story about adventure and longing. Eva Lindström receives the award Friday 15 March during Littfest, Umeå International Literature Festival. During the Art Friday the same evening, Bildmuseet will open an exhibition showcasing the award winning picture book.
In the picture book Kom hem Laila, text lines full of promise interact with images of both lightness and gravity. In the prize jury's motivation it is described as a "picture book narrative capable of reducing text and image until a point where the mind can move freely."
The picture book is an art form that speaks to all ages. The Snöbollen [The Snowball] award for the best Swedish picture book of the year recognises the picture book as an artistic medium. The prize is an initiative by the association Krumelur, the Association of Swedish Illustrators and Graphic Designers, Kulturföreningen Pilgatan, the county library of Västerbotten, mittuniversitetet, Littfest, and Bildmuseet, Umeå University.
The exhibition opens in the presence of the prize-winner during the Art Friday event with Littfest on March 15.