Kiss of Santa: Crime Short Fiction (Finland)

Leena Lehtolainen, born in Vesanto in 1964, is Finland's most successful female crime author, with her titles consistently topping the country’s best-seller lists. More than two million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, and her works have been translated into twenty-nine languages. In addition to her career as an author, Lehtolainen has worked … Continue reading Kiss of Santa: Crime Short Fiction (Finland)

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson was a Finnish writer, and will be familiar to readers of children’s fiction as the creator of the Moomins. They appeared in books and cartoons and then newspapers, eventually in 12 countries. They were so successful that Walt Disney wanted to acquire them. He was turned down. Tove Jansson was much more than … Continue reading The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Children’s Title Pick: Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas

From the award-winning Mauri Kunnas, one of Finland’s most celebrated children’s writers and illustrators, a hilarious picture book full of animals, humor, and colorful pictures. Mr. Clutterbuck is blissfully unaware of his reputation as the busiest and loudest sleepwalker in town. Meek and mild-mannered when awake, at night Mr. Clutterbuck seeks thrills and adventures. Often … Continue reading Children’s Title Pick: Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Bicycling to the Moon by Timo Parvela

In Bicycling to the Moon, Purdy the cat and Barker the dog live together in a sky-blue house on top of a hill. Barker likes the garden. He wants only to dig, to scratch up the earth and turn it over. But Purdy has big dreams: he wants to fly south with the birds, win … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Bicycling to the Moon by Timo Parvela