Finnish children’s favourites conquer new territories

Capture_childrensnewsletterjuneWe are excited to announce that several international publishers have obtained rights to top Finnish children’s book titles this spring. In Turkey, Marti acquired the first ten books in Tiina Nopola and Mervi Lindman’s Siri picture book series, while BAT in Ukraine acquired the 10th and 11th Siri books, Siri and the Yeti (Siiri ja lumimies, Tammi 2012) and Siri and the Wild Toddler (Siiri ja villi taapero, Tammi 2013) in Ukrainian and Russian. Rights to the series have now been sold in 16 languages!

Foksal in Poland, meanwhile, has acquired the fourth and fifth books in the Siri series, Siri and the Horrid Pig (Siiri ja kamala possu, Tammi 2005) and Siri and the Little Flea (Siiri ja Kertun kirppu, Tammi 2006). Foksal has previously published the first, second, third and ninth Siri books. Foksal also holds rights to books 2 and 3 in Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola’s Ricky Rapper series.

In Hungary, Cerkabella acquired rights to the fourth and fifth Ricky Rapper entries: Ricky Rapper and Freezer Fran (Risto Räppääjä ja Pakastaja-Elvi, Tammi 2001) and Ricky Rapper and Dandy Andy (Risto Räppääjä ja komea Kullervo, Tammi 2002). Cerkabella has previously published the first, second and third books in the series. Rights to the Ricky Rapper books have been sold in 17 languages.

This week, from June 3rd to June 8th, Sinikka and Tiina Nopola are taking part in the International Children’s and Young Adults Book Weeks in Cologne. The 14th book in the series, Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville (Risto Räppääjä ja Sevillan saituri, Tammi 2014) will be published in July in Finland.

In exciting publication news, Katri Tapola and Sanna Pelliccioni’s A Tiny Tale of a Princess (Pieni prinsessasatu, Tammi 2010) and A Tiny Tale of a Prince (Pieni prinssisatu, Tammi 2012) were published this spring in Arabic by Dar al Muna. Meanwhile, Asala in Lebanon published the Arabic edition of Mervi Lindman’s Memmuli Runs Away to the Circus (Memmuli karkaa sirkukseen, Tammi 2009).

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
CHINA, Graphic Communications Press
DENMARK, Carlsen
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA (Võru), Võru Instituut
GERMANY, Ellermann
HUNGARY, Kolibri
KOREA, Chackgama
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
POLAND, Foksal
SWEDEN, Bonnier Carlsen
SLOVAKIA, Verbarium

Siri has also been published in (rights reverted):

Reading materials for the Siri series:
Finnish edition of books 1-12
English text of book 10 (Siri and the Yeti)
English sample of books 1, 3-5, 9
German sample of book 9 (Siri Makes a Goal)
Spanish sample of books 9, 11 (Siri Makes a Goal, Siri and the Wild Toddler)
Japanese sample of book 1 (Siri and her New Friends)

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ARABIC, Dar al Saqi
CHINA (simplified Chinese), Beijing Xiron Books
DENMARK, Turbine
DENMARK, Carlsen
ESTONIA, TEA Publishers
FINLAND, (Sámi), ABC-Company
HUNGARY, Cerkabella
JAPAN, Komine Shoten
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
POLAND, Foksal
SLOVENIA, Sodobnost
SPAIN, Santillana
SWEDEN, Bonnier Carlsen
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar

Ricky Rapper has also been published in (rights reverted):

Reading materials for the Ricky Rapper series:
Full English text of Ricky Rapper and Needy Nelly (book 12)
Full German text of Ricky Rapper and the Double (book 13)
English samples of books 1, 3, 13
German sample of book 1
Spanish edition of book 12

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About author

Mervi Lindman

Mervi Lindman is a much-loved illustrator whose cheerful artworks have been published in 19 different countries to date. Lindman’s illustrations have been regularly appraised by critics and public alike.

About author

Sanna Pelliccioni

Sanna Pelliccioni is a Finnish illustrator, graphic designer and children’s author living in Helsinki with her Finnish-Italian family. An awarded illustrator, Pelliccioni has been e.g. honoured with being the only Finn named on the IBBY honour list 2022. Pelliccioni utilizes many different techniques in her illustrations, some of her favourites are collage and mixed techniques. She studied Arts and Illustration in Bologna and Macerata, Italy, and Graphic Design at the Pekka Halonen Institute in Finland.

She loves illustrating picture books and poems and making graphic design for book covers and her own books. She also writes for children and young people and concerning the themes of books she’s especially interested in equality, indigenous people, myths and taboos, forest and nature. Pelliccioni is mostly known for her Onni-poika picture book series which started in 2007 and contains 15 books so far.

​Pelliccioni collaborates with authors writing for children and young people and works with many Finnish editors. Some of her books have been translated to Chinese, Korean, Arabic, English and Swedish, Turkish and Estonian.