Swedish children’s literature
Who haven’t heard of Pippi and Astrid Lindgren? But there’s more to it when it comes to Swedish children’s literature. When I was living abroad Swedish children’s books – in Swedish – were very important to me and hopefully to my kids too. Luggage was heavy every time we returned after a visit to Sweden. I bought tons of books.
Today, being back in Sweden, we enjoy the libraries and spend less money – not time – on books. We still carry loads home every week.
Read about Swedish children’s literature here. Did you know difficult subjects are often brought up and dealt with? Personally, I love Goodbye Mr Muffin (Adjö, herr Muffin) by Ulf Nilsson.
Read in Swedish
Reading is learning. Reading is traveling. I would say that to read is to rest and activate the brain at the same time – depending on what you are reading and what the purpose of it is.
I have not yet taken to read books on a tablet. I prefer to hold the book, flip through the crispy pages, smell the paper and insert post-its where I find something memorable. I also love a nice cover. I usually read in Swedish or English, but try to read at least a couple of books in German every year too. I think it is a good way to keep up the language and also to learn new words; especially the new, trendier words.
Read in Swedish – samples
Despite my love for the physical book I don’t mind reading shorter texts on a screen. There’s a webpage I use where you can read extracts from books published in Sweden. This is useful and inspiring when you look for something to read in Swedish. But it is not only valuable to native speakers – I also sometimes use it for my Swedish classes.
The website is www.provlas.se
Here are a few tips on what to read if you are learning Swedish – children or adults, beginners or advanced, first language or second!
Any good reads lately? In Swedish I am currently reading “En man som heter Ove”
These are the books I’m enjoying this week! I deliberately choose the word ‘enjoy’ since actually reading a book is not always the only way to love and savor books! Looking at photos in gorgeous coffee table size volumes is an obvious way, but I also use books for art journaling; altering books by giving them a second life. 🙂
From top left:
Journal Spilling by Diana Trout -wonderful to just let your mind flow away; colors and creativity. Love the pictures.
My project: preparing a rescued and unwanted book with gesso (whitening the pages to make it a base for art journaling)
Nina av en slump (Nina par hasard) by Michele Lesbre
Collage workbook by Randel Plowman – a library order; like a bag of candy! Collages were big as I grew up but it is still fun!
Välkommen till virkligheten by Annika Messing – I’ve done lots from this crochet pattern book and a robot has to be finished tomorrow 🙂
Cracks in my foundation by Marian Keyes – I love Marian’s short stories. What can I say. Also perfect in lenght before bedtime when there’s also twitter …
Third Culture Kids by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken – TCK gurus. Use it in life and work; always something to come back to every now and then; hence always out on the desk.
Så gör jag. Konsten att skriva by Bodil Malmsten – This is a book I like. Phenomenal and very modern visual content; anecdotes about writing and lots of related material. Creatively done. Not just text.
Allt om trädgård by Marie & Björn Hansson et al. – one of my best books on all things garden. Colors and info!
World Book Day again? Confusing? Well;
April 23 is World Book Day. It’s a UNESCO event to help promoting reading (and also publishing and copyright; therefore also called World Book and Copyright Day).
World Book Day is a global event, however in the UK and Ireland World Book Day is celebrated on March 7.
On the other hand, April 23 is World Book Night in the UK, Ireland and the US.
In Sweden we call it Världsbokdagen.
Now that we’ve got that sorted;
Do we need to promote reading? I think so. There are many distractions today, especially for kids; activities that per se might not be that bad but steal time away from disappearing into the magic world of the written word. Many of us find reading to be enriching, educating and relaxing. Being swept away, and array of emotions from fear and tension to joy and laughing out loud is what I remember from books when I grew up. It doesn’t happen as often today, but I have to admit I cried my heart out as I tried to read Astrid Lindgren’s “Brothers Lionheart” to my daughter.
Books are food for soul and mind.
Yet I find myself spending less time on reading fiction these days. There are always books scattered around my house though (mostly on the floor, even though I preach to my children never to put books in such vulnerable positions); books waiting for the next few minutes of attention that can be found during the week. These books are either related to my business or to writing, gardening or craft and art. We have a fantastic local library providing almost whatever I wish for to temporarily add to my own selection of books. I always have at least one fictional read waiting on the nightstand though (ok; on the floor). Tomorrow I’ll present a list of the books I’m currently reading/enjoying. I’m writing enjoying since not all books need to be “read” (hints: photo books, art journaling). Perhaps you’ll find some inspiration!
In honor of World Book Day and reading I have compiled a few quotes about books and reading. Which one is your favorite? Feel free to add quotes in the comments.
Today is an important day to Swedish book lovers. Although the significance is less since the beginning of online shopping, it is still a day to look forward to for many people. Today marks the start of the annual book sale. According to tradition many book stores open early, sometimes even just past midnight. It’s the “Black Friday” of Sweden. This annual sale is important to the book business, and it’s not only going on in book stores but in general in every store that carries books – even online.
If you are learning Swedish you have a chance of picking up a thesaurus or a Swedish vocabulary book. A good idea is to get a Swedish cookbook or children’s books; even if you don’t have kids! They are great for practicing a language.
I think I am going to get my hands on “Snacka snyggt – modern retorik” by Elaine Eksvärd – a book about speaking, or more probably about listening! Bokus
Another book I will take a look at is “Swedish christmas”; in English, 75 kr at Bokus. Recipes, traditions and tips, photos and inspiration – perfect if you are new to Sweden or as a gift to Swedes abroad.
Any recommendations for books to buy?