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Swedish Picture Book of the Year

2022-03-19 to 2022-10-23

Some watch clouds while others carry stones. Some play and learn while some wait on others. And Schäfen has drawn a line that must not be crossed. Pija Lindenbaum’s Vitvivan och Gullsippan [Lilybell and Bluevalley] is a story about the big questions that every child ponders: Who gets to decide, and about what? What is fair? 
The exhibition at Bildmuseet displays all of the original illustrations for the Swedish Picture Book of the Year, winner of the national award Snöbollen [The Snowball]. Pija Lindenbaum, who wrote and illustrated the book, received the prize at Littfest 2022, the Umeå International Literature Festival. You can hear her talk about how the book came about in the exhibition.

Pija Lindenbaum (b. 1955) is one of Sweden’s foremost picture book authors. Born and raised in Sundsvall, Lindenbaum studied at Konstfack in Stockholm. She has worked as an illustrator, designer and author since the late 1970s and is behind a host of successful, award-winning picture books that have been translated into many languages.

Award justification

Vitvivan och Gullsippan is a tale that zooms in on the everyday while simultaneously opening up to global issues. The atmosphere is familiar but the topography is new. This consummate picture book by Pija Lindenbaum, discreetly divided into three acts, grows into an allegory of the mechanisms of oppression – and the power of quiet rebellion.” 
The national picture book award is an initiative by Krumelur – Association for Young Words in the North in collaboration with Umeå Municipality, Kulturföreningen Pilgatan, the Regional Library of Västerbotten, Littfest – Umeå International Literature Festival, the Association of Swedish Illustrators and Graphic Designers, and Bildmuseet at Umeå University.