Riikka Jäntti

Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China !

In her illustrations she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Author photo by Veikko Somerpuro.

“Riikka Jäntti is an artist with of a full variety of styles, and as a professional artist she illustrates vividly both fiction and nonfiction in her works. Illustrator Riikka Jäntti is known for her phenomenal sense of colours. She lightens up and refreshes even an old and historical event or person with her colours – dramatically she turns the history alive in front of the viewer. Riikka Jäntti works hard and does research in libraries and archives to make historical events as authentic as possible.”
–Tieto-Lauri Award Jury

“Her field animals are drawn with intelligence and humor; you know what they are thinking. If that weren’t enough, Riikka’s atmospheric interiors and buildings show her mastery of perspective.”
–LWB, Harry Potter Lexicon


Riikka Jäntti

The Mercurial Mouse

2015, Picture Book

Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Book

Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse’s Christmas

2017, Picture Book

Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse’s Holiday

2018, Picture Book

Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse’s Winter

2019, Picture Book

Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse’s Summer

2020 Spring, Picture Book

Illustrated books

Katja Krekelä

Wild Castle

2015, Middle-Grade

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