Barbro Lindgren

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Barbro Lindgren
Barbro Lindgren på Stockholms Kulturfestival - 1.JPG
Lindgren at a Stockholm Festival in 2010
Born Barbro Enskog
(1937-03-18) 18 March 1937 (age 80)
Bromma, Sweden
Occupation Writer
Period 1965–present
Genre Children's fiction, picture books
Notable works Den vilda bebin, Max

Barbro Lindgren (born 18 March 1937) is a Swedish writer of children's books and books for adult readers.[1] For her lasting contribution as a children's writer, Lindgren was a finalist for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004.[2] Ten years later she won the annual Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.[3] The biggest cash prize in children's and young-adult literature, it rewards a writer, illustrator, oral storyteller, or reading promoter for its entire body of work.[4]


Barbro Enskog was born in Bromma, Stockholm. She graduated from art school in 1958 and has been writing books for publication since 1965. Her style has exerted a major influence on Swedish children's literature. Located between realism and surrealism, her works are humorous and imaginative, and her books for children treat important issues to be taken seriously and treated for children.

Early in her career Barbro Lindgren won the 1973 Astrid Lindgren Prize, an annual Swedish literary award distinct from the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The once-in-a-lifetime award established on Astrid Lindgren's 60th birthday honours good writing for children or youth.[5] Barbro Lindgren's long-time collaborator,[3] the illustrator Eva Eriksson (born 1949), won the Prize in 2001.[5]

Selected books[edit]


  1. ^ a b According to ALMA, Lindgren as writer and illustrator Eva Eriksson began "a long-lived co-operation" with Sagan om den lilla farbrorn, published in 1979. "Their greatest success came with their series of picture books about little Max and the everyday adventures in the life of a small child."[3]
  2. ^ a b Apparently Max is Sam in English translation.
    "Titta Max / Look here's Sam". Projects: Feature Films. B Reel (
    "Sam's Cookie (Sam / Max)". Goodreads ( Quote: "Published August 1st 1982 by HarperFestival (first published 1981)."


  1. ^ "Barbro Lindgren". Swedish Film Database (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "2004". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Press release with other contemporary material. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Barbro Lindgren is the 2014 Laureate". ALMA. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  4. ^ "About Us: Good Literature Gives the Child a Place in the World ...". Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Astrid Lindgren-Priset". Astrid Lindgren ( Retrieved 25 March 2014. Quote: "Priset har sedan dess delats ut årligen för förtjänstfullt författarskap inom barn- och ungdomslitteraturen." (in Swedish)

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