Astrid Lindgren Reading List

Every few weeks, a wave of nostalgia for Sweden hits me. With the current cold outside, I need not be afraid to miss out on that part of a Swedish winter, but apart from temperature I cannot help but dream of revisiting Sweden, and staying there for a few more months. At such times, I prefer to turn to Astrid Lindgren. But nostalgia for Sweden is not the only reason I feel such a special fondness for her stories.

Astrid Lindgren

I grew up watching movies based on Lindgren’s stories on TV on Sunday morning. They told me about this wonderful world where magic and reality and heartfelt stories intertwined. Obviously I loved Pippi Longstocking, but my bigger weakness were The Brothers Lionheart, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter and the Children of Noisy Village. I read all the Lindgren books I could find in the library. I loved the characters, I cried endless tears for them, and I copied many of the games played in Noisy Village.

Combining three things: my love for Lindgren’s stories, nostalgia for Sweden, and a fondness of children’s stories, I decided to add Astrid Lindgren to the “read the complete works of..” list. I had listed only Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell there, for over a year now, but Lindgren was always going to be on that list. And inspired by Buried in Print‘s long list of authors she calls “Must Read Everything”- authors, I decided I could add a few more.*

However, when I started composing the list, I found out there is no uniform list available of Lindgren’s works in Swedish, and the ones translated to English. No fear! I thought, I own most of her works in Dutch, so I’ll look for the Dutch translations, and figure something out. I did find a list of her works in Dutch translation, I also found one that lists titles translated to English. Combining those two, I have aimed to come to a more or less complete overview, but there are lots of titles on which I have little to no information. Here’s my list. If you have any idea about what should go on any of the gaps indicated by a question mark, please let me know. Also, please comment or email if you have any other reading suggestions about Lindgren, or find a work that I have not listed yet.

As for nostalgia for Sweden, are there any other Swedish children’s authors you would recommend?

* I implemented the “Complete works of..” list before finding out Buried in Print had a feature like it, called Must Read Everything Author lists. I wouldn’t like to delete my own list, but I wanted to give credit in some form. BIP’s lists are amazing, and so many authors listed! (I hope this is okay, BIP, if you feel I “copied” you, please let me know and perhaps we could discuss about another solution?).

10 responses to “Astrid Lindgren Reading List

  1. I loved Pippi Longstocking as a girl, but didn’t know that Lindgren had written so many other books! This is perfect, because I have a niece that is just becoming old enough for Pippi, and perhaps I can try some of Lindgren’s other stories on her as well. Thanks!

  2. Ask and ye shall receive http://www.astridlindgren.se/verken A complete list of her works.

  3. All the best with your project. I didn’t realise that Astrid Lindgren was such a prolific writer.

  4. What a fun reading project :) I hope that you enjoy all that you read.

  5. I had no idea there were so many of the Kalle Blomquvist books. I loved those. I also loved Sea Crow Island. It was actually probably my favourite book at a certain age (I forget… perhaps 11-13?) – I read it loads of times.

  6. P.S: Good luck with your project! I hope you have lots of fun :)

  7. Oh my…of course I don’t think you copied the idea, Iris! All of us bookish people just fall in love with books and authors and then we want more, more, and more of it, until it’s everything and then some.

    It’s very kind of you to suggest that somehow you want to credit the idea, and I’m sure we bookish people do become more bookish just by spending time with other bookish people (virtually and otherwise) in ways that we can’t ever really trace back to their sources, so I understand what you mean, but don’t worry about it for a moment.

    If your lists seem short to you today, I’m sure that you’ll find yourself adding to them constantly, until there is a lifetime’s worth of reading on your “Complete Works of…” pages! (My MRE pages online are getting stupidly long, and crazily enough, I’m actually missing some of the authors who originally inspired me to keep track of such things!) Enjoy your project and your list-making and your reading!

  8. I’m sure you are familiar with Elsa Beskow but I thought I’d mention her just in case you hadn’t.

  9. Oh my goodness… my old childhood library had Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue — how I loved that! I thought those kids were SO exciting. I now own the first one, Bill Bergson: Master Detective. Wish I could find the rest!

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