Astrid Lindgren is, without doubt, Sweden’s most famous and influential author of children’s literature. A rare combination of high literary quality, great popular appeal and a propensity for innovation propelled her to that position.
Astrid Lindgren was so much more than a best-selling author of children’s books. She was also an important opinion former who helped unseat a Swedish government, influenced changes in the law and even inspired anarchists.
All over the world, Pippi Longstocking (Långstrump) has encouraged generations of girls to have fun and to believe in themselves. In the process, she has done wonders for equality between the sexes.
Last year was a record publishing year for children’s books in Sweden, thanks in large part to detective books, which are boosting sales and bringing young readers back to books.