He was introduced to the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs, the organizer of the award, by Iran’s Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, the institute announced on Saturday.

The Iranian author has been introduced to the previous editions of the Swedish event, IRNA reported.

His best-known books are ‘The Water Urn,’ ‘A Sweet Jam,’ ‘Believe It or Not’ (an autobiography published in 2005), ‘Tales of Majid,’ ‘The Boot,’ ‘Cucumber’s End,’ and ‘The Tale of That Vat’.

According to nevisak.ir, most of his books have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, and Armenian, as well as some other languages. For his lasting contribution as a children’s writer, he was a finalist in 2014 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books.

The prize worth SEK five million (about $600,000) is the largest international children’s and young adults’ literature award in the world.

The award was established in 2002 by the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs to commemorate writer Astrid Lindgren and to promote children’s and youths’ literature from around the world.

Source: Iran Daily