Elsa Beskow


Mathilde Coffy

Literary Agent | Children's & YA

Elsa Beskow

Elsa was born on February 11, 1874 in Maria Parish on Stockholm’s south side. But winter-girl Elsa was a summer child at heart. And it’s that time of year that she mainly writes about in her books. She once wrote: “Why must there always be pictures of winter? It’s much more fun to see pictures of summer during the winter.”
Her own summer paradise was called Skärfsta, a farm next to Lake Uttran in Sörmland. She spent her childhood summers there with her mother Augusta, her father Bernt, her four younger sisters and her older brother. Her father came from Norway and the family name was Maartman. Bernt Maartman was forceful and outgoing, full of good-natured pranks. He was the laughter and the fun in life and Elsa loved him dearly. When she was 15, her father came down with pneumonia died suddenly, leaving her mother alone with six children. The financial situation was in ruins and Augusta Maartman had no way of taking care of the family on her own. She therefore moved in with three unmarried younger siblings who already lived collectively on Storgatan in Stockholm.
Augusta sent her son Hans to Eskilstuna, where one of Augusta’s older brothers lived, but the five girls went with their mother. So Elsa grew up with her mother, her Aunts Amalia and Berta and her Uncle Eugene. Four adults, three women and one man, created a home for a few children. And that’s where we find the true archetypes for Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender and Uncle Blue.

Books by Elsa Beskow published by Bonnier

Sagan om den lilla lilla gumman
The Tale of the Little, Little Old Woman, 1897

Barnen på Solbacka, 1898

Puttes äventyr i blåbärsskogen

Peter in Blueberry Land, 1901

Blommornas bok (text: Jeanna Oterdahl), 1905

Gnällmåns, 1905

Olles skidfärd
Ollie’s Ski Trip, 1907

Thumbelina (text: H C Andersen), 1908

Children of the Forest, 1910

Pelles nya kläder
Pelle’s New Suit, 1912

Blomsterfesten i täppan
The Flowers’ Festival, 1914

Sagobok, 1915

Görans bok, 1916

Tant Grön, Tant Brun och Tant Gredelin
Aunt Green Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender 1918

Muntergök, Sagobok, 1919

Lasse-liten i trädgården
Christopher’s Harvest Time, 1920

Bubbelemuck och andra sagor, Sagobok, 1921

Lillebrors segelfärd, 1921

Borgmästar Munte, 1922

Sagan om den lilla hinden, 1924

Tant Bruns födelsedag
Aunt Brown’s Birthday, 1925

Årets saga
Around the Year, 1927

Petters och Lotta på äventyr
Peter and Lotta’s Adventure, 1929

Hat-house, 1930

The Sun Egg, 1932

Landet Långthärifrån, 1932
Sagan om den nyfikna abborren, 1933

Sessalätts äventyr, 1934

Ocke, Nutta och Pillerill
Woody, Hazel and Little Pip, 1939

Duktiga Annika, 1941

Farbror Blås nya båt
Uncle Blue’s New Boat, 1942

ABC-resan, 1945

Petters och Lottas jul
Peter and Lotta’s Christmas, 1947

Herr Peter
Peter’s Old House, 1949

Röda bussen och gröna bilen, 1952

Books by Elsa Beskow

Woody, Hazel and Little Pip

Elsa Beskow

This delightful autumn story describes the woodland adventures of two acorn children who get carried away by the blustery autumn wind. Mr Squirrel and Hazel, the youngest Hazelnut child, go off in search of them and encounter a grumpy troll and the C…

Swedish title: Ocke, Nutta och Pillerill

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-10-1994

Format: 214x266mm 32 pages

Uncle Blue's New Boat

Elsa Beskow

This is the adventure of Peter and Lotta and their trip in Uncle Blue’s new boat. The children set out for a picnic on an island together with the three colourful aunts, Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender. While the adults are having a nap, Pet…

Swedish title: Farbror Blås nya båt

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-06-1994

Format: 295x235mm

The Tale of the Little, Little Old Woman

Elsa Beskow

Swedish title: Sagan om den lilla lilla gumman

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-06-2011

Format: 165x210 mm 32 pages

The Sun Egg

Elsa Beskow

A mysterious orange egg has fallen into the woods. “It’s a sun egg!” declares the elf who finds it nestled on the forest floor. Soon she and her friends find out what it really is, but not before the little elf goes off on one of the best adventures…

Swedish title: Solägget

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-03-1997

Format: 295x235mm 28 pages

The Flowers' Festival

Elsa Beskow

Swedish title: Blomsterfesten i täppan

Category: Children

Pub date: 24-11-1998

Format: 248x290mm 40pages

The Fairy Tale Treasure Trove of Elsa Beskow – TRIPP TrappTrull

Elsa Beskow

The first book of three containing some of the treasures by Elsa Beskow. A treasure chest filled with magical moments.This splendid volume contains the best-loved fairytales, verses and pictures, all collected together in one place. The collection in…

Swedish title: Elsa Beskows sagoskatt. Tripp

Category: Children

Pub date: 28-09-2009

Format: 265x210mm 144 pages

The Fairy Tale Treasure Trove of Elsa Beskow – Tripp TrappTRULL

Elsa Beskow

The second book of three containing some of the treasures by Elsa Beskow. A treasure chest filled with magical moments.This splendid volume contains the best-loved fairytales, verses and pictures, all collected together in one place. The collection i…

Swedish title: Elsa Beskows sagoskatt. Trull

Category: Children

Pub date: 22-08-2011

Format: 144 pages, 265x215 mm, color

The Curious Fish

Elsa Beskow

When Flash, a very curious little fish, is caught and held prisoner on dry land, his aunts and uncles are determined to save him. But how can they leave the water to go to his rescue? With the help of a wise old frog and a little magic, even the most…

Swedish title: Sagan om den nyfikna abborren

Category: Children

Pub date: 23-09-2005

The Children of Hat Cottage

Elsa Beskow

Three children and their mother live in a cottage shaped like a hat on a little island in a lake. One day their mother goes to the mainland to find yarn to make the children new clothes. While she’s away the children try to help around the house, but…

Swedish title: Hattstugan

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-03-1994

Format: 266x215mm 34pages

Rosalind and the Little Deer

Elsa Beskow

Swedish title: Sagan om den lilla hinden

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-03-1992

Format: 264x215mm 32 pages

Princess Sylvie

Elsa Beskow

Princess Sylvie persuades her father, the king, to leave the palace gardens and walk in the woods. The king is unsure. What might be in the woods? Then Sylvie’s dog Oskar runs off after a long-eared hare and Sylvie’s adventures begin. This is a delig…

Swedish title: Sessalätts äventyr

Category: Children

Pub date: 15-08-1994

Format: 295x235 32 pages

Peter in Blueberry Land

Elsa Beskow

Peter is looking for blueberries for his mother’s birthday but he can’t find a single one. Suddenly he feels a light tap on his shoe, and a strange and magical adventure begins. This is one of Elsa Beskow’s best-known and best-loved books. Peter gets…

Swedish title: Puttes äventyr i blåbärsskogen

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-08-1995

Format: 295x235mm 36 pages

Peter and Lotta's Christmas

Elsa Beskow

Peter and Lotta go to live in the country with Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender and Uncle Blue. As Christmas approaches, they discover all kinds of new surprises, but best of all is finding where the presents come from. Is it from deep in the fo…

Swedish title: Petters och Lottas jul

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-11-1995

Format: 295x235mm 36 pages

Peter and Lotta's Adventure

Elsa Beskow

When Peter and Lotta give away one of their kittens, they find themselves having a day full of adventures including the excitement of the fair. But will they manage to get home safely?

Swedish title: Petter och Lotta på äventyr

Category: Children

Pub date: 16-09-1996

Format: 295x235, 32 pages

Pelles nya kläder

Elsa Beskow

Swedish title: Pelles nya kläder

Category: Children

Pub date: 30-08-2001

Ollie's Ski Trip

Elsa Beskow

Six-year-old Ollie is given his first pair of real skis. As soon as the snow begins to fall he heads off into the woods and meets sparkling Jack Frost, who shoos away damp Mrs Thaw. Jack Frost takes him on an adventure to the palace of King Winter. O…

Swedish title: Olles skidfärd

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-08-1994

Format: 32 pages

My first years

Elsa Beskow

Swedish title: Mina första år

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-03-2012

Mr Peter

Elsa Beskow

Swedish title: Herr Peter

Category: Children

Pub date: 03-05-1994

In the Garden Plot and the Bilberry Wood

Elsa Beskow

A combination of a beautiful picture book and an art book for all ages. This is a depiction of the natural world that is always present in all Elsa Beskow’s picture book classics. In this book we follow the seasons and take a closer look at the plant…

Swedish title: I trädgårdsland och blåbärsskog

Category: Children

Pub date: 11-03-2015

Format: 155x160 mm, 320 pages, color

Görans bok

Elsa Beskow

Swedish title: Görans bok

Category: Children

Pub date: 28-10-1987

Emily and Daisy

Elsa Beskow

Emily is a helpful little girl, so when her mummy is worried that Daisy the cow will escape into the clover field through a hole in the fence, she offers to go and look after Daisy for the day. On the way, she meets a big dog, a boastful boy and an o…

Swedish title: Duktiga Annika

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-01-1999

Format: 264x215mm 32 pages

Elsa Beskow: Picture Treasury

Elsa Beskow

This beautiful edition is not just a picture book but also an unusual art book. Focus is placed on the details in Elsa Beskow’s classic illustrations and enables both young and old to discover new dimensions to her artistic work. This special ar…

Swedish title: Elsa Beskow : bildskatt

Category: Children

Pub date: 06-05-2013

Format: 320 pages, full-color illustrations, 155 x 160 mm

Christopher’s Harvest Time

Elsa Beskow

Christopher meets the spirit of September in the garden, and is introduced to all the harvest folk: the Gooseberry girls and boys, old man Black-Currant, the misses Plum and the proud Strawberries.

Swedish title: Lasse-Liten i trädgården

Category: Children

Pub date: 28-02-2002

Children of the Forest

Elsa Beskow

Against an enchanting background of Nordic scenery a happy family of small forest people works and plays, all season of the year. The children of the forest are sharing nuts and lingonberries with the squirrels and other small animals, and they are t…

Swedish title: Tomtebobarnen

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-04-1995

Format: 295x235mm 32 pages

Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender

Elsa Beskow

In this first of the classic Peter and Lotta books, Elsa Beskow tells how the two children come to meet the three colourful sisters known as Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender.

Swedish title: Tant Grön, Tant Brun och Tant Gredelin

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-08-1995

Format: 295x235mm 32 pages

Aunt Brown's Birthday

Elsa Beskow

Swedish title: Tant Bruns födelsedag

Category: Children

Pub date: 22-09-1997

Format: 295x235mm 24 pages

Around the Year

Elsa Beskow

Delightful verses and delicate, playful illustrations take young children through the special joys of each month of the year, from icy February to the green shoots of April, the red poppies of July, September’s apples and the delights of December.

Swedish title: Årets saga

Category: Children

Pub date: 24-10-1997

Format: 224x308mm