Barbro Lindgren

Almost everyone has read Barbro Lindgren. She is one of Sweden’s most important, deeply-loved and prolific writers. Her output of over a hundred titles for differing age groups includes picture books for very young children, poetry, plays, absurdist stories, and more realistic fiction for young adults.

Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages and to date she is the only Swedish writer to have won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2014. She has also written several books for adults. Her writing is at first glance quite simple, yet this is deceptive, as beneath the simplicity lies a profound seriousness. She trusts the reader to see beyond the words and reflect on the larger questions implied by the stories, such as the meaning of life, and how to live well.

Her stories are noted for their compassion, especially for the less privileged, those who seem to be different from the majority, or are on the margins of society. Humorous and with touches of melancholy, her books reveal an insight into and a deep understanding of the emotional realities of childhood. “I hope that readers will recognise themselves”, she has said, “and perhaps get some comfort. We need comfort, as life is not easy.” Her lack of sentimentality, combined with her sensitivity to feelings, atmosphere and mood can make her stories sometimes painfully affecting. However, whatever the subject matter, there is always warmth in her writing and a tone of voice that resonates with readers regardless of their age.

Barbro Lindgren has collaborated with many of Sweden’s foremost illustrators including Eva Eriksson, Olof Landström, Camilla Engman, and Pija Lindenbaum. In addition to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, her work has been recognised in the form of over twenty other prizes and commendations. 

Books

Knuttes hus

Knutte’s House

Barbro Lindgren, Emma AdBåge

2017, 32 pp

Picture books

Nu är du en höna

Now You Are a Hen

Barbro Lindgren, Charlotte Ramel

200×210 mm, 2015, 32 pp

Picture books

Nu leker vi den fula ankungen

Let’s Play Ugly Duckling

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Lindström

215×220 mm, 2014, 32 pp

Picture books

Vi leker att vi är pippifåglar

Let’s Pretend We’re Baby Birds

Barbro Lindgren, Camilla Engman

235×265 mm, 2013, 32 pp

Picture books

Dagbok från hönshuset

Journal from the Chicken Coop

Barbro Lindgren, Kristina Digman

170×210 mm, 2010, 64 pp

Picture books

Nöff nöff Benny

Oink Oink, Benny

Barbro Lindgren, Olof Landström

200×254 mm, 2008, 32 pp

Picture books

Nämen Benny

Benny’s Had Enough

Barbro Lindgren, Olof Landström

200×254 mm, 2007, 32 pp

Picture books

Jamen Benny

Benny and the Binky

Barbro Lindgren, Olof Landström

200×254 mm, 2006, 32 pp

Picture books

Korken flyger

The Cork Is Flying

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

2006, 154 pp

Text books (6–9 years)

Vems lilla mössa flyger

Who’s Little Cap Is Flying

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

2006, 166 pp

Picture books

VLMF vad lever man för

What Are We Living For

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

2006, 144 pp

Picture books

Max kaka

Max’s Cookie

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 2005, 16 pp

Board books

Max lampa

Max’s Lamp

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 2005, 16 pp

Board books

Max balja

Max’s Bath

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 2004, 16 pp

Board books

Max boll

Max’s Ball

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 2004, 16 pp

Board books

Max bil

Max’s Car

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 2003, 16 pp

Board books

Max nalle

Max’s Teddy

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 2003, 16 pp

Board books

Min egen bok

My Own Book

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

215×233 mm, 2001, 48 pp

Board books

Andrejs längtan

Andrej’s Longing

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

200×254 mm, 1997, 32 pp

Picture books

Max potta

Max’s Potty

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 1996, 16 pp

Board books

Lilla lokomotivet Rosa

Rosa, the Little Train Engine

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

198×255 mm, 1995, 32 pp

Picture books

Max blöja

Max’s Nappy

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 1994, 16 pp

Board books

Mamman och den vilda bebin

The Wild Baby

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

200×254 mm, 1994, 32 pp

Picture books

Här är det lilla huset

Here is the Little House

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

170×210 mm, 1994, 32 pp

Picture books

Stora syster lille bror

Big Sister Little Brother

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

174×215 mm, 1992, 28 pp

Picture books

Bra Börje

Louie

Barbro Lindgren, Pija Lindenbaum

200×245 mm, 1992, 32 pp

Picture books

Max dockvagn

Max’s wagon

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

150×160 mm, 1986, 16 pp

Board books

Vilda bebin får en hund

The Wild Baby’s Dog

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

200×254 mm, 1985, 32 pp

Picture books

Den vilda bebiresan

The Wild Baby Goes to Sea

Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson

200×250 mm, 1982, 32 pp

Picture books

Loranga, Masarin och Dartanjang

Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Barbro Lindgren

1970, 120 pp

Picture books

Loranga, Loranga

Loranga, Loranga

Barbro Lindgren

1970, 120 pp

Text books (6–9 years)