World Spanish deal for ITTY BITTY PRINCESS!

We are thrilled to announce that the World Spanish rights for the best-selling ITTY BITTY PRINCESS AND THE TRUTH ABOUT BABIES by Hannele Lampela and Ninka Reittu have been sold in a pre-empt!

The happy publisher is Planeta Mexico, part of Grupo Planeta, the world’s leading Spanish-language publisher, and Itty Bitty will join the Planeta Junior imprint! The deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

“Itty Bitty Princess and the (Awful) Truth About Babies is a warm, funny and sweet story that will solve many questions and will save some grownups from having that “uncomfortable” talk. Most important of all, Itty Bitty brings to the conversation the diversity and richness among all families, parents, siblings and guardians.”
-María José González Camarena, Children’s and YA Managing Editor 

Previously sold to Denmark and Estonia, the rights to this lively and adorable title are still available in eg. Italy, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, etc!

Download the full English PDF here!

ITTY BITTY PRINCESS has been nominated for multiple awards, for example the Runeberg Junior Prize in 2020, the Arvid Lydecken Awardin both 2017 and 2019, and the Kaarina Helakisa Prizein 2019 – which it won!

THE TRUTH ABOUT BABIES also rose to bestseller lists right after its publication in April 2022!

written by Hannele Lampela, illustrated by Ninka Reittu
Otava, April 2022, 32 pp.Where do annoying little siblings come from? Itty Bitty Princess, the loveliest, naughtiest, and kindest girl in the world, figures out the icky truth about babies in her own bold manner.Of course, Itty Bitty Princess knows that babies grow in mothers’ tummies. But how did they end up there? And how do they get out? And most importantly: why on earth would parents want a baby that poops a lot and wakes them up in the middle of the night?

This charming picture book by Hannele Lampela, illustrated by Ninka Reittu, provides answers to children’s puzzling questions about babies but also touches on the emotions that big sisters and brothers go through, when they hear a baby is about to arrive.

Otava, April 2022, 32 pp.

Full English PDF

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Kirjastus Elust Enesest
WORLD SPANISH: Planeta Junior

About author

Hannele Lampela

Hannele Lampela's lovable works have been praised above all for their rich humor and ability to truly show the world from a child's perspective. She has the ability to enchant her readers, and that is why both children and adults love her stories. Lampela's works have been dramatized for example by the Finnish National Theater, Kuopio City Theater and YLE's radio plays. She has been awarded the prestigious Kaarina Helakisa Prize for her work and she has been nominated for Runeberg Junior award in 2019 and for Storytel Award, and Arvid Lydecken Award four times, most recently in 2023.

In addition to her fictional works, Lampela has written and created  a world of stories for the next national ABC book of Finnish schools. First graders across the country will learn to read through Hannele’s texts. Lampela lives in a small wooden house in the middle of apple trees with her family, and spends her days not only writing, but also pampering herself and others on a regular basis.

About author

Ninka Reittu

Ninka Reittu is an illustrator and children's book writer.

Reittu lives in an old clergy house in Liperi, Finland, with her son and carpenter husband. Their family also includes two cats, several dogs, and a flock of sheep.

In addition to her own picture books Messi ja Mysteeri and Sinä olet superrakas, she has illustrated the titles of Hannele Lampela (The Itty-Bitty Princess) and Kreetta Onkelin.