Gunilla Bergström

Gunilla Bergström

Gunilla Bergström was born in 1942 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her first children’s book, Mia’s Dad Moves Out, published in 1971, has been followed by about 40 others, which she has also illustrated.

Gunilla Bergström has been pioneering in many ways, thematically as well as artistically. She was the first to introduce the collage as a story telling device in picture books and the first to write about divorce for children. Very early on in the world of children’s books she used a dad instead of a mom as the primary parent in her stories – Alfie’s dad in the series about Alfie Atkins – and she received enormous attention as the first children’s writer to write openly and candidly about disabilities in her story about Bill and the secret child Bolla. A particular curiosity and a fascination for human beings shines through in both her texts and her illustrations. She prefers to write about the everyday lives of children, about human behavior and psychological situations.

Selected awards

The Elsa Beskow Plaque 1979
The Astrid Lindgren Prize 1981
Grammis Award for Children’s Album of the Year 1988
The City of Stockholm Honorary Award 1993
Children’s Book of the Year 1998
The Swedish Academy Schullströmska Award
for Children’s and Youth Literature 2006
The Emil Prize in memory of Astrid Lindgren 2011
The Astrid Lindgren’s World Scholarship 2012
The Government of Sweden Illis quorom
Gold Medal, eighth size 2012
The Big Audio Book Prize, Storytel 2015
The Royal Pro Patria Society, 2018
Litteris et Artibus, 2019

Gunilla Bergström

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