Children's Books by Astrid Lindgren

Have you ever heard of

Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Emil of Lönneberga, Madicken, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Seacrow Island and The Brothers Lionheart?

These are some of the books written by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002). I grew up with all these books and a couple of more, and these are the books my children grow up with listening to now. Below you can read more about some of the books written by this fantastic author.

Who Astrid Lindgren was

Astrid Lindgren was born Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson (1907) in Vimmerby, Småland, in southern Sweden. She had two sisters and a brother. Many of Astrid Lindgrens books are inspired by her childhood and the place and surroundings where she grew up.

Astrid Lindgrens life wasn't easy, but she was a strong and independent woman. After she had finished school, she started to work at the local newspaper, and in 1926 she became pregnant by the chief editor's child. She declined his proposal and moved to Copenhagen in Denmark to give birth to her son Lars. Lars stayed with a foster family during his first years, and Astrid visited him as often as she could. After a few years Astrid could afford to move to Stockholm and take her son Lars with her. There she married Sture Lindgren in 1931, and three years later their daughter Karin was born.

Once, when Karin was a little girl and stayed home because of an illness, her mother Astrid stayed home with her. Karin told her mother that she wanted Astrid to tell a story about Pippi Longstocking. Astrid did, and that's how the first popular book about Pippi Lonstocking was created.

Astrid Lindgren lived a long life as an author and a screenwriter. The last years she was almost blind. In year 2002 she died in her apartment in Stockholm at the age of 94.

Pippi Longstocking

The most popular book that Astrid Lindgren wrote, was her second book ”Pippi Longstocking” that was published in 1945. Two more books about Pippi was published in the 1940s. Between the years 1969 and 1975 an addition of six books were published. One book was also published 1979 and the last one as late as in year 2000. The books about Pippi Longstocking have been translated from Swedish into 64 different languages.

Pippi has girlpower

Pippi is a girl with super strength. Today we would perhaps call it girlpower. She can lift her horse with just one arm. She lives in her yellow house ”Villa Villekulla” with her monkey ”Mr. Nilsson” and her horse ”Little Buddy”. She has a casket filled with golden coins. Pippi claims her mother is an angel watching over her from up above the clouds. Her father is the seafarer Ephraim Longstocking, who was washed ashore upon the South Sea island ”Kurrekurredutt Isle”, where he was made ”The fat white chief" by the island's native people. Pippi's best friends are the sibblings Tommy and Annika – a normal boy and girl living with there parents. The three children go on many adventures together and the readers will definitely be entertained by Pippi.

All books about Pippi Longstocking are very humorous. You can notice that right away just by hearing Pippi's real name. She claims that her whole name is ”Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking”. Astrid Lindgren always make Pippi look like a smart person, who amazes adult people by her knowledge and strength. Pippi has real girlpower.

Karlsson-on-the-Roof flying with Lillebror
Karlsson-on-the-Roof flying with Lillebror

Karlsson-on-the-Roof

The first book ”Karlsson-on-the-Roof” was published 1955. In 1962 the second book ”Karlsson flies again” was published, and the last one ”Karlsson-on-the-Roof is Sneaking Around Again” was published in 1968.

Karlsson is no imaginary friend

Karlsson is a short self confident man, who lives on a roof of an apartment building in Stockholm. On his back he has a motor with a propeller that starts when he pushes a button on his stomach. By doing that he can fly to his friend ”Lillebror”, who lives with his family in one of the apartments in the house. when Lillebror tells his parents and brother and sister about Karlsson, they all thins Lillebror is making Karlsson up. They think Karlsson is one of Lillebror's imaginary friends. When Karlsson visit Lillbror, he often touches things in Lillebror's room that he isn't allowed to touch, and he also eats food that Lillebror brings to him. Karlsson-on-the-Roof is like a little uncle with the intellligens of a ten year old.

Emil tests if his father's boots are waterproof.

Emil of Lönneberga

Astrid Lindgren wrote twelve books about Emil of Lönneberga between 1963 and 1997. They have been translated into 44 different languages.

Emil is a good hearted and curious boy

Emil Svensson is a little boy, who lives on a Swedish farm with his parents and his sister Ida. There are also people working for the family living with Emil and his family. Emil is a curious boy, who always finds new things to do, and he tests things to see how they work. He is very good hearted, but he always seems to get in trouble and when he does, his father gets very upset with him and chase him to a tool shed. There Emil locks himself up. The tool shed can be locked both from the inside and from the outside. While sitting there, Emil carves wooden figures. He has hundreds of them – one for every time he has done a prank. Every time Emil has done something bad, his mother Alma writes the story in a blue book. The collection of blue books is getting bigger as time passes by.

Emil is a normal Swedish boy and the place he grows up in is the same place were the author Astrid Lindgren grew up herself. The people in the book are very stereotypical for that time – the beginning of the 20th century, when Swedish farmers worked hard and went to church every Sunday. Emil is a very popular name among boys here in Scandinavia. Maybe Astrid Lindgren has contributed to that by writing about Emil of Lönneberga.

The theme song for the tv series. Madicken is balancing on a roof.

Madicken

Astrid Lindgren has written six books about Madicken.

Madicken questions what's right and what's wrong

Madicken is a girl, who lives with her little sister Lisabet and her parents somewhere in Sweden during the time of World War I. Her mother is a housewife and her father an editor-in-chief of a newspaper. The family has a maid doing all the work. Madicken often spends time with the neighbour Abbe, who is a kind teenage boy living in a poor family next door. Abbe's father is an alcoholic.

These books are about how Madicken handles things that happen in her life – questions between right and wrong, and also differences between rich and poor people. In the poor area of the city, Madicken has an ”enemy”, whose name is Mia. Madicken defends her little sister by fighting with Mia. Astrid Lingren shows that not only boys are fighting. These books about Madicken and her adventures contains a portion of humour.

Ronia the Robber's Daughter

The book Ronia the Robber's Daughter is a children's fantasy book. It was published 1981.

Ronia, Birk and their adventures

Ronia is a girl, who grows up with her mother Lovis and her father Mattis in a castle, the Matt's Fort, in the woods. Her father is the chief of a clan of robbers, who all live at the castle. The night Ronia is born, the thunder rolls over the woods and a lightning bolt splits the castle into two pieces. On the opposite side of the castle, another clan of robbers settles down. Their chief is Borka and his only son is Birk. The both clans are rivals and they can't stand each other. As time passes Ronia and Birk become friends, but they have to be careful and only meet in secret. When the Borka robbers are suffering from hunger during a cold winter, and Birk's very thin and hungry, Ronia smuggles food from the Matt's Fort and gives it to Birk. The two kids are very adventures and spend much time in the woods. There they meet different kinds of creatures that want to do them harm.

As a 10 year old girl myself, I really identified myself with Ronia. I wanted to be just like her. She went out in the woods alone and she was very brave. This is yet another book written by Astrid Lindgren that shows the strength of a girl. It's very exciting and I really recommend reading it.

A movie trailer about Ronia the Robber's Daughter

Tjorven and her dog Btsman.
Tjorven and her dog Btsman.
Some of the children at Seacrow Island
Some of the children at Seacrow Island

Seacrow Island

”Life on the Seacrow Island” is actually a tv series that Astrid Lindgren wrote the script to. Later she re-wrote it as a book with the same title. This series tells a story of a family, which lives in Stockholm, and every summer the family moves out to their summer cottage on the Seacrow Island. The family consists of the father Melker and his four children Malin, who is almost grown and three younger sons. They spend their summers with many friendly neighbours and the children's adventures are in focus. One girl called Tjorven and her dog Båtsman, play a big part in the series.

I haven't read the book, only seen the tv series many times during the years. Like in many Astrid Lindgren books, you can notice both humorousness and seriousness.

The six Bullerby Children or The children of Noisy Village

In the USA the title is The Children of Noisy Village. Astrid Lindgren wrote seven books about the Bullerby children between 1947 and 1966.

Six and a half children in a tiny village

These books are about the children's adventures in a tiny village in Sweden. The village consists of only three houses – they are all red. The village exists for real in Sweden with the name Sevedstorp. The Bullerby children are all about ten years old except from one little sister, Kerstin, who is the seventh child that's born in Bullerby/Noisy Village. Her big brother Olle claims that there are only six and a half children in the village, because Kerstin is so little.

In these books Astrid Lindgren shows the everyday life in a small village on the countryside in Sweden some decades ago. You get a really cosy feeling by redaing the books.

Astrid Lindgren and the Brothers Lionheart during the making of the movie
Astrid Lindgren and the Brothers Lionheart during the making of the movie

The Brothers Lionheart

The book about the Brothers Lionheart is a fantasy novel and it was published 1973. It has been translated from Swedish into 46 languages.

Two brave brothers

The themes in the book are dark. It's about two brothers living in an apartmentin in a city, probably Stockholm. The little brother Karl, whose nickname is Skorpan, is ill and he knows he's going to die. One day a fire starts in his family's apartment. Skorpan's big brother Jonatan takes his little brother on the back and jumps out from a window. Jonathan dies and some time later Skorpan dies from his disease, too. After their death, they both come to the land Nangijala. First everything seems fine and everything looks beautiful. Skorpan is thrilled to get his own horse. He thinks life is like a fairytale. Later the brothers run into some bad people and together with a group of kind people they fight against the evil Tengil and his dragon Katla.

This book isn't meant for really small children. Even today I think it's a scary story. Astrid Lindgrens shows that she isn't afraid of writing about subjects like death, disease and betrayal even if the book is written for children. I had this book read to me the first time, when I was around five or six years old. I can still remember how exciting it was to listen to it.

The life of the Brothers Lionheart in Nangijala

Other Books by Astrid Lindgren

There are many other great children's books written by Astrid Lindgren. She has written Lotta on Troublemaker Street, Kati, Bill Bergson, Mio, my Mio, Nils Karlsson Pyssling, Rasmus and the Vagabond, Brenda the Brave and more. Most of the books Astrid Lindgren has written, has also been filmatised and shown as tv-series.

The Idea For Writing This Hub

I got the idea for writing this hub from a question on HubPages. This was the question:What is your favorite children's book to read with your family, or with kids you love? Asked by thebookmom. I knew the answer right away. I love all books written by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. I read the books to my children and we watch the movies or tv series that are based on the books. They are just great! Astrid Lindgren was a real genious as an author of great children's book.

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szts77 5 years ago from Spain

This is brilliant! I am Russian, and in Russia Lindgren's works are so popular amongst children, especially Karlsson's story. I was nurtured amongst this stuff!


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Made 5 years ago from Finland Author

I read somewhere that Lindgren is a popular author in Russia. It's amazing that she's still read by so many children, and the tv series are shown on Swedish and Finnish television every now and then.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

"I have not heard about Pippi in so long! I remember watching a movie about her as a small child while growing up in the 1970's. Thank you for allowing me to remember a good moment in my youth!

Voted up!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you, iamaudraleigh! I'm glad I could help you remember Pippi. :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Pippi Longstocking was my idol when I was 12---part of me still wants to be like her! Thank you for reminding me about this wonderful author!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Audrey, Pippi is great! Who doesn't want to be the strongest girl in the world? :) They show these series on Swedish TV regularly and I always get stuck in front of the TV and can't stop watching. I read the books to my children now. I was the happiest girl on earth when my parents bought me the book "Ronia the robber's daughter". I think I was 8 years old then.

Thank you so much for your comment and for following me! :)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

I love the books of Astrid Lindgren. I first encountered Lindgren by Pipi Langstrumpf (Pipi´s German name) television series in the 80´s in Germany. It was fun looking at Pipi and her friends. She was indeed a power girl. I saw Emil in German tele as well. I remember on that film that Emil put the soup kettle on his head and that his father had to cut it off because it stuck on Emils head. Looking at those 2 series reminds me of the time I spent with my son laughing all the time in front of the tele. Awesome hub! Thanks for sharing.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thelma Alberts, everyone who has read these books or seen these characters on TV has their own memories. It's really nice that both children and adults can be entertained by Astrid Lindgren's stories. Thank you so much!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Wow what a brilliant hub Made ;I truly loved it and am appreciating the hard work you put into each and everyone of your hubs. Voted across the board for you.

Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Eiddwen, I really appreciate your comment. You make people around you smile with your kind words. I'm enjoying this weekend after a busy week. I wish you a wonderful weekend! Take care and thank you! :)


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Break of Dawn 4 years ago

Beautiful hub Made! I have so many fond memories of reading Astrid Lindgren's wonderful books, and watching Emil of Lönneberga, Pippi and Seacrow Island on the television. You did a wonderful job putting this lovely hub together. Thanks!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Break of Dawn! I love your name. :) I guess I could improve this hub and update it. It's been a year since I wrote it. It's amazing how much impact an author can have on people.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Awesome hub and shared too. I was inspired by Pippi Longstocking and this hub about the author was fascinating. I'm going to have to get a Pippi book for my daughter if I can find one. Thanks for the memories!


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Pippi was one of my favorite storybook characters when I was a child. Thanks for telling us about Astrid Lindgren. I never knew that she wrote other things besides the Pippi stories.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I remember Pippi Longstocking! You have brought back nice memories here for me.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Glimmer Twin Fan, I think Pippi has been an inspiration to many children and even adults are fascinated by her. Good luck with finding a book for your daughter! Thanks for reading and sharing.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

mollymeadows, Pippi is very special and Astrid Lindgren's books are all fascinating in their own way. Her stories aren't always happy, but she knows how to tell things to children. The Brothers Lionheart, for example, is a book about death, a new life, adventure and about good and bad people. Thank you for taking time to read and comment on this hub.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

ChristyWrites, I'm glad I could bring back some memories with this hub and I appreciate that you stopped by. :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Children's Books by Astrid Lindgren great stories indeed and such a fun way to a child's mind occupied


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

DDE, so nice to see you stop by. I love her books, even as an adult. Thank you!

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