The cartoonist and visual artist Shaun Tan has won the 2011 Astrid Lingren Memorial Award, according to a posting at the program's web site. The award, which bills itself as "the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature" is administered by the Sweden Arts Council, goes to a creator for their entire career's worth of work, and involves a cash prize of approximately $750K USD. It's named for author and children's rights advocate Astrid Lindgren, who passed away in 2002. Maurice Sendak is a past winner. This year's award will be presented in Stockholm in May.
Tan's pictorial narrative The Arrival is among those works cited by the awards jury as part of the author's reinvention of "the picture book by creating visually spectacular pictorial narratives with a constant human presence." The citation also noted Tan's use of multiple media in bringing his art to life.