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Day in the life of Kristina Sigunsdotter

Hi! I’m Kristina, author of The Secrets of Cricket Karlsson. I live in a town called Malmö in the southern part of Sweden. I usually write my books sitting on the couch in my living room, with the view of the sky, the ceilings and my new – very happy – lamp!

Eva Lindström awarded 2022 ALMA

Eva Lindström ALMA

Eva Lindström has been awarded the 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). Lindström writes stories that shift between the everyday and the existential, combining shrewd humour with absurd mystery.

Book list: war and displacement

My hope is that for anyone struggling, these eight brilliant books will be a small support and help start important conversations about war and particularly its impact on people. I hope they show the positive impact that hope, kindness and empathy can have too.

Elephant Island: Q&A with Leo Timmers

Portrait of Leo Timmers

As so often is the case, I was working on multiple stories about boats that weren’t really going anywhere, until Elephant appeared and ideas started to click. Once I figured out the storyline, I started pondering every beat of the story. What does it mean, what do I want to say? And how can I visualize this as clearly as possible?

The importance of books in hospitals

Illustration of children reading

Over the last 2 years, COVID-19 infection prevention measures have meant that tamariki visiting the hospital have had heavily restricted access to toys

Ten years of Simon the Rabbit

Full Simon series

I saw Simon the rabbit at my very first Bologna Book Fair, standing out in a sea of pigs and rabbits and dragons. Caҫa Boudin, was so arresting,

Book list: comeback for picture storybooks

Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Once the backbone of stories for younger children, picture storybooks have been superseded by the shorter picture books that are now more popular.

The Tale of the Tiny Man: Q&A with Barbro Lindgren

For me, humour is important. It allows you to write about sad things that otherwise would be hard to deal with. I have always felt deeply for people

Highlight reviews from around the world

Inside the Suitcase

As we look ahead with anticipation to the books we will be publishing next year, we’re also reflecting on what readers from around the world had to say about our books in 2021. Highlights include a New York Times gift guide selection, two Times Children’s Books of the Week in the UK, Kirkus Reviews starred… Read more »

The particularities of translating children’s books

Woman looking at the condensation on the window

A good translation is all in the detail; the result often reflects the amount of effort put in to giving every word its due and making the multitudes of small decisions that can make or break the book. A good translation will not be rushed.

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