Preschool children with Reykjavík City Library balloons, welcoming the library's new Story Van.
The city's most prominent writer of children's fiction with the longest career today is Gudrún Helgadóttir (b. 1935). Her books are realistic and adventurous stories that describe the life of children in the capital area. Gudrún's first work, a trilogy about scheming twin brothers and their family in Reykjavík, has been a beloved classic for a long time, and the same can be said for another trilogy of hers that she bases on her post-war childhood memories. Another renowned writer of children's fiction is Kristín Steinsdóttir (b. 1946), who was recently elected the president of the Writer's Union of Iceland, and who has written both for children and teens, in addition to having pub-
lished material for adults. One of her best-known books is Engill í Vesturbænum (An Angel in the Neighbourhood), created in collaboration with illustrator Halla Sólveig Thorgeirsdóttir (b. 1970). It has been translated into several languages and received numerous awards, such as the Nordic Children's Literary Prize in 2002. Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir (b. 1963), Ragnheidur Gestsdóttir (b. 1953), Gerdur Kristný (b. 1970) and Adalsteinn Ásberg Sigurdsson (b. 1955) are all writers of interesting and entertaining literature for children and teens; Gerdur and Adalsteinn are also poets and write for both children and adults. Adalsteinn tends to write adventurous books that take place in a fictional world and has sought material in Icelandic folklore, as has Kristín Helga in her memorable books, the 2003 Strandanornir (The Witches from Strandir) and Draugaslód (Ghost Trail) from 2007. Kristín Helga and
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Photograph: Kristín Bogadóttir
Published on Jul 23, 2012