Last year Shaun Tan won, which made me feel that the award was going to the best people. With a longlist of 184 people I feel less like I’m in competition for an award and more like I’ve been told I’m part of a club of people who’ve been doing the right thing.
Making fiction for children, making books for children, isn’t something you do for money. It’s something you do because what children read and learn and see and take in changes them and forms them, and they make the future. They make the world we’re going to wind up in, the world that will be here when we’re gone.
Neil Gaiman – on being on the longlist for the Astrid Lindgren Award longlist.