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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

Pippi Fhad-stocainneach

Pippi Fhad-stocainneach

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2018

Ronja the Robber's Daughter Illustrated Edition

Ronja the Robber's Daughter Illustrated Edition

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Ronja, the daughter of the robber chieftain, roams the forest but she must beware the grey dwarves and wild harpies. When she befriends Birk, the son of her father's greatest enemy, it causes uproar. Ronia and Birk can no longer be friends . . . unless they do something drastic. Like running away . . . Suddenly they are fending for themselves in the woods, but how will they survive when winter comes? And will Ronia's father ever accept her friendship with Birk so they can go home? This timeless classic story from bestselling and much-loved author, Astrid Lindgren, has been transformed by the acclaimed Studio Ghibli in a stunning TV series. This beautiful illustrated edition features artwork of the animation.

The Tomten and the Fox

The Tomten and the Fox

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

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.

A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: White Rose Rescue

A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: White Rose Rescue

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2018

A gripping middle-grade mystery from internationally best-selling author Astrid Lindgren. When Kalle Blomkvist witnesses a terrible kidnapping in the dead of night, he springs into action to follow the captors. Little does he know the trail of clues will lead to his most daring and dangerous adventure yet. The third book in a thrilling detective series for readers of 9+, perfect for fans of character led mystery book such as Murder Most Unladylike and Ruby Redfort..

Astrid Lindgren's Tomten Tales The Tomten and The Tomten and the Fox

Astrid Lindgren's Tomten Tales The Tomten and The Tomten and the Fox

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2017

On small silent feet, the Tomten tiptoes through the snow, keeping watch over the farm on chilly winter nights. One night, a cunning fox comes by. How will the Tomten guard the chickens, and help the hungry fox? These classic stories are a delight for young children, depicting the traditional Swedish character of the house elf, or tomten. This is a beautiful collector's combined edition of Astrid Lindgren's two classic Tomten tales, The Tomten & The Tomten and the Fox.

A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Living Dangerously

A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Living Dangerously

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

A gripping middle-grade mystery from internationally best-selling author Astrid Lindgren It's one year on since Master Detective Kalle Blomkvist solved the case of the great jewel robbery, and once again his sleepy little town is shaken by a dreadful crime. Mysterious circumstances surround the discovery of a dead body, and super sleuth Kalle must use all of his cunning to solve his first ever murder case.

Master Detective: A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery

Master Detective: A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

A gripping middle-grade mystery from internationally best-selling author Astrid Lindgren. For most the summer holidays in a small Swedish town would be spent swimming, fishing, or sailing. But a super sleuth like Kalle Blomkvist is always looking for the next case to crack. So when a mysterious stranger arrives in town he finds the perfect excuse to start an investigation, one that will draw him and his friends into a thrilling case of theft and deception. The first of three thrilling detective stories for readers of 9+, perfect for fans of character led mystery book such as Murder Most Unladylike and Ruby Redfort.

Tomten

Tomten

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: eBook Release Date: 09/08/2016

This classic story of the Tomten's nocturnal visits to all of the residents of a wintry farm has been reminding children of the promise of Spring for over 30 years."e;The friendly troll Tomten will be a welcome visitor....Highly recommended."e;-School Library Journal (starred review)"e;Wiberg's lovely, full-color paintings convey the hushed atmosphere of night in the Swedish countryside and also the sweet charms of the Tomten.... The gentle story with its eye-filling scenes is an apt choice for bedtime read-alouds."e;-Publishers Weekly"e;A picture book of rare distinction."e;-The Chicago Tribune

Nothing But Fun in Noisy Village

Nothing But Fun in Noisy Village

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/12/2015

In the middle of the countryside, there are three farms, all in a row, where Lisa, her two brothers and their friends live. Some days they pretend to be shipwrecked pirates. Others they explore the caves across the lake, sell the cherries they've picked, or sleep under the stars after a fishing trip. One day, Lisa even takes her lamb to school! There's never a quiet day for the children of Noisy Village! A charming collection of stories from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.

Pipii Longstocking The Strongest in the World!

Pipii Longstocking The Strongest in the World!

Author: Astrid Lindgren, Ingrid Van Nyman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Who can rescue babies from a burning building, outwit burglars, overpower a circus strongman, and still get home in time for Christmas? Pippi Longstocking can! Pippi Longstocking: The Strongest in the World! collects more than one hundred pages of comics from Pippi's creator, Astrid Lindgren, and her collaborator, the illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman. Unearthed by D+Q and republished between 2011 and 2014, these mid-century comics had never before been seen by North American audiences. Pippi Longstocking: The Strongest in the World! is a fitting tribute to one of the world's most beloved fictional characters

Happy Times in Noisy Village

Happy Times in Noisy Village

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2015

Lisa lives in Noisy Village with her brothers and their friends. With so many children living there, it's a very noisy place indeed! Lisa and her friends race their sledges on the slopes, hunt for treasure, and keep a watch for pirate ships from their robber's den. Every day is a happy day for the children of Noisy Village! A charming collection of stories from the much-loved author of Pippi Longstocking.

Pippi Won't Grow Up

Pippi Won't Grow Up

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2014

The world's strongest girl, Pippi Longstock--ing, is back with a fresh set of funny prob--lems and even funnier solutions. In Pippi Won't Grow Up, she takes on school quiz--zes, refuses to be evicted from her home, and brings Tommy and Annika to visit the island her father lives on. Lindgren's expert storytelling and Vang Nyman's vivid characters and bright colours make this eye-catching volume stand out.

The Children of Noisy Village

The Children of Noisy Village

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2014

In the middle of the countryside there are three farms, all in a row. Everybody calls them Noisy Village because the children who live there are very noisy indeed! Join the adventures of Lisa and her friends, where walking home from school turns into a pirate party looking for treasure, a trip to the local shoemaker becomes a mission to save one lonely dog from his grumpy owner, and a fishing trip ends with a night under the stars. A charming collection of stories from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.

Pippi Fixes Everything

Pippi Fixes Everything

Author: Astrid Lindgren, Ingrid Vang-Nyman Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2013

ONE OF USA TODAY POP CANDY'S BEST COMICS OF 2013! The world's most beloved strong-girl fights fires, saves babies, and causes mischief at a tea party Pippi Longstocking returns to fix everything in the second volume of comics written by the series creator, Astrid Lindgren, and illustrated by the original Pippi artist, Ingrid Vang Nyman. It is Pippi's birthday, which means there is a lot of fun to be had! Join Pippi, Annika, and Tommy in their adventures on board a ship, hosting farewell parties, and visiting with Pippi's father, the island king. Bright colors, zany illustrations, and, of course, an irrepressibly joyful, strong-willed heroine: Lindgren and Vang Nyman's brilliant work guarantees that Pippi Fixes Everything will become an instant classic for young and old alike.

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Have you performed at the circus? Pippi has! Can you wiggle your toes while you're sleeping? Pippi can! Are you going to be a pirate when you grow up? Pippi is! Pippi lives in a house with a horse, a monkey, a suitcase full of gold and no grown-ups to tell her what to do. She's wild and funny and her crazy ideas are always getting her into trouble!

Goran's Great Escape

Goran's Great Escape

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/01/2011

It's a beautiful, sunny Easter Sunday in Sweden. The farmer and his family are having breakfast before going to church and the farmworkers are going about their daily chores. But Goran the bull is angry. He breaks loose from his stall, and charges down the barn and out into the yard. People gather from miles around to see the raging bull. But who will dare to cross Goran's path? Will he stay angry forever? Karl, a seven-year-old farm boy, has a plan. But can a very small boy tame a very big bull? A delightful story by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren. The exquisitely detailed illustrations of wooden houses, farming families in their Sunday best and groves of white birch trees give a vivid sense of springtime on a Swedish farm of long ago.

A Calf for Christmas

A Calf for Christmas

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2010

It's the last day of school before Christmas and snow is falling heavily. Johan heads to school on his sled, but he can't stop thinking about the terrible thing that happened yesterday -- his family's only cow died, and they have no money to buy another. Rich farmer Peter Jonsson has come to town today for the Christmas market. He buys a calf then, after spending some time in the local inn, loses it on the sleigh ride home! When Johan heads out to clear snow, what does he find ...? Maybe he'll have a happy Christmas after all. A charming story by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren, set in a traditional Swedish landscape.

Karlson on the Roof

Karlson on the Roof

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2008

Imagine Smidge's delight when, one day, a little man with a propeller on his back appears hovering at the window! It's Karlson and he lives in a house on the roof. Soon Smidge and Karlson 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.

Emil and the Sneaky Rat

Emil and the Sneaky Rat

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2008

There's a rat running amok in Emil's house, and he's determined to capture it. But hiding the rat trap just under his father's bed probably isn't ideal . . . That's just the start of Emil's adventures, which, once begun, never stop. Hens, dogs, little sisters - and adults - all flee his path. But Emil doesn't mean to be bad, it's just that trouble - and fun - follow him wherever he goes. A collection of utterly engaging tales from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades.Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson. Whether Pippis scrubbing her floors, doing arithmetic, or stirring things up at a fancy tea party, her flair for the outrageous always seems to lead to another adventure."e;A rollicking story."e; The Horn Book

Pippi in the South Seas

Pippi in the South Seas

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Pippi and her pals Annika and Tommy are off to the Canny Canny Island, where Pippi's father is king...and where they will find caves to explore, play marbles with real pearls and find that even the pirates and sharks are no match for Pippi!

Pippi Goes Aboard

Pippi Goes Aboard

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Every day is a brilliant new adventure for Pippi Longstocking and her pals Tommy and Annika. When Pippi's long-lost father arrives and wants to take her away to sea with him, Pippi can't wait for the adventure to begin. But Tommy and Annika aren't going with them and they are feeling very glum. Can Pippi come up with an answer to the problem?

Pippi Longstocking 50th Anniversary Edition

Pippi Longstocking 50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2004

Pippi Longstocking is as popular as ever, with dedicated fans all over the world. She's funny, feisty, and has the most amazing adventures. This special edition of the original Pippi Longstocking story is being produced to celebrate Pippi's 50th anniversary in the UK. And with over 40 million copies of this book sold worldwide - Pippi is sure to go on and on for at least another 50 years.

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2002

Pippi is nine years old, lives alone with a horse and a money, and does exactly as she pleases. She has no mother and her father is king of a cannibal island, so she has learnt to look after herself. She gets up when she likes, never goes to school, talks a great deal, keeps a chest of gold coins under the bed, and is unexpectedly strong. This book is full of her marvellous escapades.

Lotta on Troublemaker Street

Lotta on Troublemaker Street

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2001

The Tomten

The Tomten

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/1992

It's a chilly winter night on the farm. Everyone is fast asleep. All but one ... On silent feet the Tomten visits the dreaming cows, the slumbering sheep and the children sleeping soundly in their beds. He whispers softly to each of them, making sure they are safe and warm. This classic picture book is a delight for young children, depicting the traditional Swedish character of the house elf, or tomten.

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