Sven Nordqvist, author of Findus and Pettson, is honoured by the Northern Lights Book Awards

Sven Nordqvist, author of the Findus and Pettson series

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.

Can Findus Find Pettson? publishing in February 2021

Fun Things To Do in July With Findus

The summer holidays are here! Whether you prefer to relax inside with some home cooking, or spend time outside making things, Findus has a couple of fun activities to try this month …

These activities are taken from Findus, Food and Fun: Seasonal Crafts and Nature Activities by Eva-Lena Larsson, Kennert Danielsson and Sven Nordqvist. Part of the Findus and Pettson series. The book contains fun facts and seasonal activities for every month of the year.

Findus plants a herb garden

As the weather warms up, now is a great time to make the most of being at home to try a bit of Grow Your Own. In fact, as this extract from Findus, Food and Fun shows, May is the perfect month to get growing.

A lot can be grown in a small space, and setting up a vegetable or herb bed includes plenty of activities for children of all ages. For example, as well as sowing seeds, there’s painting plant labels, potting up and watering plants – and even making your own perfumes and playing a game of scent memory. Can you tell which herb is which from its smell?!

This extract is taken from Findus, Food and Fun: Seasonal crafts and nature activities. Together with Findus, Pettson and the muckles, you can discover things to do for every season; pottering, collecting, fixing, crafting, building, exploring, baking. Sometimes outdoors, sometimes indoors, here is a whole year’s worth of ideas.

Don’t forget we’re offering a 25% discount on this and all our books to help with affordability at this difficult time.