The Beloved Children's Author Astrid Lindgren
Astrid Lindgren is Sweden's most loved children's author, and a real 'national treasure'. She is most famous for writing the Pippi Longstocking stories, but also created the 'Six Bullarby Children', 'Emil i Lönneberga' (Emil of Lönnerberga) and Karlsson-on-the-Roof books. Her distinct, fantasy-style of writing has proved hugely popular around the world, with translations into 95 languages and over 150 million copies sold.
Astrid is also remembered for her campaigning and support for children's rights and animals rights causes, and in 1994 she received the Right Livelihood Award, "For her commitment to justice, non-violence and understanding of minorities as well as her love and caring for nature." The Bank of Sweden recently honoured Astrid Lindgren by featuring her on the new 20 Kronor notes, showing just how popular and famous she is in her home country.
Pippi Longstocking (in Swedish 'Pippi Långstrump') is probably Astrid's most famous creation. As well as many books that have been translated into many languages, there have been several Pippi films made.
The Six Bullerby Children has also been made into a TV series and a film. It tells the story of the adventures of six children living in a tiny, remote Swedish village in the 1930s. The simplicity and charm of Lindgren's story telling really shines through, with humour and a real warmth to the tales that she tells.
When Astrid Lindgren passed away, her funeral was held at the Storkyrkan (Great Church) in Stockholms Old Town, and was attended by King Carl-Gustaf XVI and the Prime Minister at the time, Göran Persson. Her memory lives on though in the warmth, vivid colour, sense of adventure and escapism that her many books brought to so many children around the world.