We made a small selection of some of the books we have packed for our three weeks of summer vacation in our Swedish country house over at Lille Nord. We love reading, and especially up here where we have plenty of time, but no TV, limited Internet and a scarce selection of toys. The books we chose for Lille Nord are all beautifully written and illustrated by Nordic authors and artists – and all bring on the feeling of the eternal summer or touch a theme that is normally hard to handle and talk about and requires a bit more time.
“Dom som är kvar” ["Those who are left"], cleverly written by Karin Saler and beautifully illustrated by Siri Ahmed Backström, both from Sweden is about the loss of a beloved person, and how those who are left have to handle grief, anger, despair and the incomprehensible. This book hit us very strongly, but it opened up to good talks about death and sorrow. The book is published by Swedish Urax. Do go to their website and web shop to see more of their fantastic selection of books you won't find anywhere else.
“Mit lilla skattkammare – Sommar. Visor, ramsor och småsagor” is a collection of traditional Swedish summer songs, rhymes and short tales that all spread the fragrance of summer, the feeling of warm skin and worriless days with eternal light and sun. It is published by the legendary Swedish publisher Natur & Kultur. Altogether, the book, the CD that comes with it and the beautiful, colourful illustrations by the young and very talented Swedish illustrator Matilda Ruta, bring us a sparkle of the magic of Summer with its hopes and expectations, its dreams and fairy tales.
We always bring this very old and tattered copy of Elsa Beskow’s beloved “Peter in Blueberry Land” (1901) with us on our summer trips. It has nurtured many plays and fantasies about the tiny forest and berry fairies and it’s perfect to bring along when you go for blueberry picking. We love the story about Putte [Peter] who touches the magic wand of the Blueberry King and suddenly finds himself in a miniature world, both very familiar and strange.
Read more about the books at Lille Nord – and have the sweetest summer, full of readings, talks and fairy tales.