Swedish author Sven Nordqvist has won a Northern Lights Book Award 2020 for Best Book Series for his Findus and Pettson series.
The Northern Lights Book Awards offer ‘A mark of distinction honouring children’s literature of exceptional merit’ and honour books that excel in aesthetic and literary qualities with an emphasis on permanency, leaving a lasting impression on the reader.
Sven Nordqvist is one of Sweden’s most popular children’s book authors, having won in recent years the Swedish Literature Award, the Astrid Lindgren Prize, the Elsa Beskow Medal and now the Northern Lights Awards.
The books in the Findus and Pettson series follow the adventures of old farmer Pettson and Findus, his fast talking cat, through the Swedish countryside.
Author Philip Pullman has praised the series saying, ‘The stories are ingenious, the characters are quirky and original, and the illustrations are absolutely delightful … I can’t recommend them highly enough.’
Hawthorn Press publisher, Martin Large, said of the award, ‘We are delighted to hear of Sven Nordqvist’s award in recognition of the quality and lasting appeal of his Findus and Pettson series, and we are proud to be his UK publisher.’
To-date Hawthorn Press has published 12 books in the series, with the latest book Can Findus Find Pettson? publishing in February 2021. Browse the series on our website.
Hawthorn Press will be publishing each book in e-book format in 2021, beginning with Findus at Christmas, When Findus Was Little and Disappeared and Pancakes for Findus.