WEIRD WEATHER will be published in the United States on Earth Day 2021!

Breaking news! One of the very first books in the world for children about climate change: WEIRD WEATHER by geographer Laura Ertimo and illustrator Mari Ahokoivu will be published in the United States on Earth Day in Spring 2021. North American rights were acquired by Sky Pony Press, a children’s imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, and deal was brokered in collaboration with Rhea Lyons, at HG Literary.  Published in Finland by Into Kustannus in September 2019, Weird Weather has been now sold in 14 territories!

Praise from the US Publisher:
I’m so excited to add WEIRD WEATHER to Sky Pony’s list! This important book delivers information about climate change to children in a way that’s both easily digestible and entertaining. Hopefully children and parents alike will get a better sense of the world around them – and what they can do for it – after this read!
– Nicole Frail, Senior Editor, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc./Sky Pony Press

Sky Pony Press specializes in nonfiction for kids, specifically about the challenges of growing up and the world around us, and the books are distributed in the US by Simon & Schuster.

WEIRD WEATHER answers children’s tough questions about climate change, and explains how we all can fight against it. The accurate but hopeful children’s non-fiction book explains how humans are responsible for climate change and what we can do to ensure a brighter future. It also gives tips on how everyone can make better choices and practice climate skills every day.

About the authors:

LAURA ERTIMO is a geographer and author of several non-fiction titles who specializes in the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

MARI AHOKOIVU is an illustrator and a comic book artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly graphic novels and comics for children. Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Into Kustannus (orig.)
HUNGARY: Ciceró Könyvstúdió
ITALY: Mondadori/Edizioni Piemme
MEXICO: (Latin American Spanish rights): Ordinal Books
NORWAY: Aschehoug
SERBIA: Odiseja
SPAIN: Astronave
SWEDEN: Rabén & Sjögren
TURKEY: Kolektif
UNITED STATES (North America) Skyhorse Publishing/Sky Pony Press

Laura Ertimo

Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. In 2021 - her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO= was nominated for Finlandia Award and in 2022 won the Tieto-Lauri award!

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

The Tieto-Lauri award jury: Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

Mari Ahokoivu

Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.