Eno Raud

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Eno Raud (February 15, 1928 – July 10, 1996) was an Estonian children's author.[1] His works are considered classics not only in Estonia, but also in the other former Soviet countries.

Early life and career[edit]

Raud was born in Tartu to writer Mart Raud and Valda Raud (née Aaviste). He studied Estonian language and literature at the University of Tartu in 1952. From 1952 to 1956 he worked in the National Library of Estonia, from 1956 to 1965 in the Estonian State Publishing House. After that he retired and devoted himself to writing. He died in Haapsalu, aged 68.

Raud penned more than 50 books of stories and poems over his lifetime. His most popular works include "Three Jolly Fellows", "A Story with Flying Saucers", "The Gothamites", "Raggie" and others. The author's children’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages.


Eno Raud was married to writer Aino Pervik; their children are scholar and author Rein Raud, musician and journalist Mihkel Raud and artist and children's writer Piret Raud.


Selected Estonian titles in chronological order


  • 1970: All-Union Children’s and Youth Literature Competition, 1st prize (Fire in a Darkened City)
  • 1970: Annual Prize of Literature of the Estonian SSR (The Inquisitive Film Camera, A Story with Flying Saucers)
  • 1974: IBBY Honour List (Three Jolly Fellows. 1)
  • 1978: Honored Writer of the Estonian SSR
  • 1980: Annual J. Smuul Award for Literature (Three Jolly Fellows. 1)
  • 1987: Estonian State Prize (Three Jolly Fellows. 1–4)
  • 1996: Karl Eduard Sööt Children’s Poetry Award (posthumously) (A Fish Takes a Walk)


  1. ^ "Eno Raud". Estonian Children's Literature Centre. Retrieved August 9, 2017.