We are thrilled to announce that STELLA is nominated for this year’s FINLANDIA PRIZE in the category BEST CHILDREN’S & YA TITLE 2023!
STELLA is an interactive and humorous bedtime picturebook by Ted Forsström and illustrated by Åsa Lucander. Originally written in Finland-Swedish, the rights have already been sold into 7 languages.
Motivation of the Finlandia jury:
“In the book, a storytime during a weekday evening derails when the family’s dog starts barking. The expressive illustrations and colour palette contribute nicely to the atmosphere of the story and the language is packed with inventive rhymes and details where imagination wins over everyday life. In the work, the cozy weekday evening is interrupted by chaos in a way that gives your laughing muscles a good workout. A guaranteed fun reading time in both Swedish and Finnish.”
Finlandia is the most prestigious literary award in Finland, worth 30 000 euros. The winner will be announced on November 29th.
Warmest congratulations to Ted Forsström and Åsa Lucander!
Curious to find about more about the nominee? We have a full English translation for you to read!
Snälla Stella, sluta skälla!
Förlaget, March 2023, 44 pp.
FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish), Etana Editions (Finnish)
DENMARK: Gads Förlag
NORTH MACEDONIA: Ars Lamina