Astrid Lindgren is one of, if not the world's most prominent children's author. She is the 18th most translated author ever worldwide, and has received almost innumerable awards and honors. Her most famous stories include Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga and The Six Bullerby Children.
Her first published book was about Pippi Longstocking, a very demonstrative and rebellious girl. Astrid Lindgren has said in interviews that the story came to be when her daughter was ill with pneumonia. The daughter asked Astid Lindgren to tell a story, a story about Pippi Longstocking, a name her daughter invented at that moment.
Pippi Longstocking was first considered overly rebellious, and that it would be a bad influence on children. The manuscript was rejected when Lindgren sent it to Bonnier Publishers, the publisher claiming it was too controversial and that he did not dare to publish the book. Astrid Lindgren revised the script a little, made the character Pippi slightly less saucy and mischievous and sent it to Rabén & Sjögren, one of the largest publisher of children's literature in Sweden. The book was published and won awards for best children's book, which was a major breakthrough for Astrid Lindgren.
Since then Lindgren has been praised worldwide. In 2010 Astid Lindgren's work had been translated into 95 languages and language variants.
The Crown Princess of sweden presented the award during a ceremony
Pippi Longstocking lives alone in the big house “Villekulla“. Her father is busy pirating at sea and ruling as king of Kurrekurredutt Isle. But she is not lonely, as she has her friends Tommy and Annika, her horse Little buddy and her monkey Mr. Nilsson.