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Astrid Lindgren - Author

About the Author

Astrid Lindgren was born Astrid Ericsson on November 14, 1907 on a farm called Nas outside the small town of Vimmerby in Sweden. As a child, Astrid loved to read, particularly books which had girls as the heroine. She loved Anne of Green Gables and the Pollyanna books. One of her strongest recollections as a child was meeting two pilots, Captains Sonders and Madicken. One of them tried to land on the roof of her house, or that is the way it looked at the time.

After attending public school, she moved to Stockholm and married Sture Lindgren. The Lindgrens had two children. Astrid wrote her first story, Britt-Mari Opens Her Heart, in 1944. Her second book, Pippi Longstocking, which she wrote as a present for her daughter's tenth birthday, was published in 1945. She received the Raben & Sjogren's Best Children's Book prize for Pippi and became a book editor for that publisher for many years. She also received numerous other honours and awards including the International Book Award. 

Astrid published more than one hundred books in her lifetime and is still the most popular children's author in Sweden. Her books have been translated into more than sixty languages. She died in 2002, aged 94.

Featured books by Astrid Lindgren

Other books by Astrid Lindgren

Karlsson Flies Again

Karlsson Flies Again

Author: Astrid Lindgren Illustrator: Mini Grey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2021

Smidge is used to Karlsson, the funny little man with a propeller on his back, living on the roof. They are firm friends. Now, anytime Karlsson pops in, Smidge knows that there's fun and adventure in store. In this collection of stories, they gobble cream buns, do their very best to frighten the new housekeeper and almost become television stars!

The World's Best Karlsson

The World's Best Karlsson

Author: Astrid Lindgren Illustrator: Mini Grey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2021

Smidge is used to Karlsson, the funny little man with a propeller on his back, living on the roof. They are firm friends. Now, anytime Karlsson pops in, Smidge knows that there's fun and adventure in store. In this collection of stories, they flood the bathroom, celebrate Karlsson's birthday, and Karlsson is mistaken for a spy!

Karlsson on the Roof

Karlsson on the Roof

Author: Astrid Lindgren Illustrator: Mini Grey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2021

Imagine Smidge's delight when, one day, a little man with a propeller on his back appears hovering at the window! It's Karlsson and he lives in a house on the roof. Soon Smidge and Karlsson are sharing all sorts of adventures, from tackling thieves and playing tricks to looping the loop and running across the rooftops. Fun and chaos burst from these charming, classic stories.

The Tomten and the Fox

The Tomten and the Fox

Author: Astrid Lindgren Illustrator: Eva Eriksson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2021

It's a cold winter's night and a hungry fox is creeping through the snow. He sees a hen house full of tasty chickens to eat -- but he's forgotten about the old tomten who guards the farm This is a classic story of a mischievous fox, a wise, kindly tomten and their unlikely friendship. This new edition of the much-loved picture book from the bestselling author of Pippi Longstocking is accompanied by beautiful illustrations by popular illustrator Eva Erikkson. Depicting the traditional Swedish character of the house elf, or tomten, this classic story is perfect for sharing with young children on a wintry evening. Erikkson's illustrations of the wry fox and the watchful gnome are full of character and warmth, and her moonlit, snowy scenes are the perfect landscape for an active imagination.

Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas (World of Astrid Lindgren)

Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas (World of Astrid Lindgren)

Author: Astrid Lindgren Illustrator: Mini Grey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2021

Loved by millions of children around the world Pippi Longstocking is one of the most popular children's characters of all time. This story sees Pippi, Tommy and Annika go on their greatest adventure yet - to Koratuttutt Island, where Pippi's father is king. This new edition contains brand new black and white artwork by award-winning illustrator Mini Grey.

Lotta Makes a Mess

Lotta Makes a Mess

Author: Astrid Lindgren Illustrator: Mini Grey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Lotta is the little sister who can find trouble anywhere. She and her young siblings get into all sorts of scrapes. In this funny and engaging tale, a very cross Lotta runs away from home and moves in with the old lady next door. But Lotta soon begins to realise that, actually, nowhere is quite as good as home sweet home. A collection of utterly engaging tales from one of the world's best-loved children's authors, re-issued with new illustrations from Mini Grey to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Pippi Longstocking. Perfect for reading alone or for sharing.

Lotta Says 'No!'

Lotta Says 'No!'

Author: Astrid Lindgren Illustrator: Mini Grey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

A collection of fun, engaging and gently humorous stories about Lotta, the little sister who can find trouble anywhere. Join in the fun as she and her young siblings get into all sorts of scrapes-from falling out of their neighbour's windows and running away on a train, to making their own pancake tree. Every day brings a funny new adventure! From one of the world's best-loved children's authors, re-issued with new illustrations from Mini Grey to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Pippi Longstocking. Perfect for reading alone or for sharing.

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