Astrid Lindgren Facts

Astrid Lindgren Facts
Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish author best known for her children's book series Pippi Longstocking. She was born Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson on November 14th, 1907, to Samuel August Ericsson, and Hanna Jonsson. She grew up with two sisters and a brother in Näs, near Vimmerby, Småland, Sweden. After graduating from school Astrid worked at a local newspaper, and then moved to Stockholm where she became a stenographer and typist. She worked as both a journalist and secretary before becoming focusing on writing full-time. She won first prize for her chapter book Pippi Longstocking in a 1944 contest held by Rabén & Sjögren, who also went on to publish the book.
Interesting Astrid Lindgren Facts:
Astrid discovered she was pregnant in 1926, and after rejecting the marriage proposal by the father, she moved to Stockholm. Her son Lars was born, and she continued to work, visiting him as often as possible while he lived in Copenhagen with a foster family. She eventually took Lars to live with her parents, until she was able to raise him herself.
In 1931 Astrid married Sture Lindgren. He was also her boss. They had a daughter named Karin.
Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking series became one of the most-loved children's series of all time. Astrid wrote three full-length Pippi Longstocking novels including Pippi Longstocking (1945), Pippi Goes Aboard (1946), and Pippi in the South Seas (1948).
Astrid Lindgren also wrote three picture books in the Pippi Longstocking series including Pippi on the Run (1971), Pippi's After Christmas Party (1950), and Pippi Longstocking in the Park (2001).
Several short books and picture books have been created from the original three Pippi Longstocking books.
A movie adaptation of Pippi Longstocking was produced in 1949, starring Viveca Serlachius.
Astrid went on to write many more books, including the ones she is best known for: the series Karisson-on-the-Roof, the series Bill Bergson, and the single titles Emil of Lonneberga, Madicken, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Seacrow Island, The Six Bullerby Children, Mio My Son, and The Brothers Lionheart.
Astrid worked at the publishing company that would publish Pippi Longstocking. She was a children's book editor.
In 1967, on Astrid Lindgren's 60th birthday, her publisher Rabén & Sjögren established the Astrid Lindgren Prize for children's authors. It is an annual prize still being awarded each year in Sweden.
A large number of films and even TV series have been made that were based on Astrid Lindgren's work.
In honor of Astrid Lindgren, Soviet astronomer Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh named a minor planet after her. It was discovered in 1978 and is called 3204 Lindgren.
Astrid Lindgren died on January 28, 2002, at the age of 94, in Stockholm, Sweden.
A memorial sculpture of Astrid was designed and placed next to her childhood residence. It is called "Källa Astrid" which means "Astrid's Wellspring."
Only 100 meters from Astrid's Wellspring is The Astrid Lindgren Museum.
A theme park exists in Vimmerby (near where she was born) called Astrid Lindgren's World.
Junibacken is a museum in Stockholm is mainly in honor of Astrid Lindgren's work. There is a train ride that takes passengers though Astrid's worlds from her novels.

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