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Jenni Erkintalo (left) & Reka Kiraly
KIDS’ BEST BOOK-FRIEND
Etana means snail in Finnish. Jenni Erkintalo and Reka Kiraly founded Etana Editions in 2014. They are the antennas of Etana / snail, that receives children’s wishes and needs. The antennas are helped by a set of wonderful storytellers who create the shell house of stories on the back of Etana / snail. Etana’s - the snail’s home always goes with it, and so does a child’s home too when a favourite book is under their arms. A child who can express and tell his or her story can find their place in the world. Children and parents both want to read Etana Editions’ books again and again. Visually stunning and content wise multidimensional stories engage their readers with a common journey into the imagination. Storytelling in words and in pictures encourages children to be curious, to watch the world and to explore diversity. Shared story time opens opportunity to exchange ideas and feelings. Etana Editions’ books are passionate about details in terms of both content and responsible production. The best stories ask for more than they answer, and a good book will never age.
Laura Merz & Aino JĂ¤rvinen
Among Fascinating Creatures Did you know that millipedes are among the oldest creatures on Earth? Or that pandas spend most of their days eating bamboo? How are the lives of these animals affected by humans? Among Fascinating Creatures is a wild nonfiction book about animals written by Aino JĂ¤rvinen and illustrated by Laura Merz, and it follows in the footsteps of their bestseller A Thousand and One Creatures. Merz dove into the world of animals to find surprising facts about them and used brushes, pieces of cardboard and wooden sticks to give each animal their own unique texture, motion and character.
ORIG.TITLE: OTUSTEN JOUKOSSA ISBN: 978-952-7105-07-8 64 PAGES SIZE: 27 X 33 CM COLOURS: 4/4 Â© RIGHTS FOR ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE
Jenni Erkintalo ISBN: 978-952-710537-5
Worm has a huge appetite for traveling the seas. First he hops on the lid of a bottle, then he jumps on a sailing boat, and then on a fishing boat. He moves to a cruiser and ends up on a military vessel. What does he find then? A sea full of fish with nowhere to live. A touching take on the present state of our seas, and perfect for every little traveler hungry for far away adventures.
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The Worm and the Sea
ORIG.TITLE: MATO JA MERI
The Worm and the Forest
ORIG.TITLE: JOULU JUKSAA
Marika Maijala & Juha Virta
The Christmas Twist
ISBN: 978-952-7105-47-4 32 PAGES SIZE: 20 X 25 CM COLOURS: 4/4 © RIGHTS FOR ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE
Filippa and her friends André the Donkey and Snoozy the Cat are preparing for Christmas. They hang decorations and drink juice - and fill in the crossword puzzle. Filippa leaves to buy chocolate and gets to know the marmot that says he is Santa Claus. Snoozy the Cat needs more biscuits and notices the new shop next door. There’s a bunny who says he’s Santa Claus. André the Donkey goes to buy more juice and helps a neighbor’s aunt do her shopping, and she says she is Santa Claus, too. What does all this mean for Christmas? Will they be able to finish the crossword puzzle?
F I L I P PA & F R I E N D S S E R I E S
Onni and the balcony jungle
Onni’s mom can’t wait for spring to arrive. Onni’s father buys her a bright light. Onni and his brother Olavi prepare a special sea breeze massage and plant sunflower seeds for her. That’s how the whole family’s spring adventure begins: they start to change out the soil in the flower pots, the kids get their own shelf for their flowers, and even the tomato seedlings are getting their start. Maybe by the end of the summer the balcony will be a jungle?
Sanna Peliccioni has written 14 books featuring Onni since 2007. The Onni books are best sellers in Finland, and they are also amongst the most borrowed books in Finnish libraries.
ORIG.TITLE: ONNI-POIKA JA PARVEKKEVIIDAKKO ISBN: 978-952-7105-33-7 32 PAGES SIZE: 22 X 16 CM COLOURS: 4/4 ALL RIGHTS AVAILABLE
Jenni Erkintalo & Réka Király
My Friends the Trees A LITTLE HANDBOOK OF TREES
Did you know that the forests are the lungs of the Earth? Or that you can use the bark of a pine tree to build a small boat ? My Friends the Trees - A Little Handbook of Trees provides an active exploration of the trees and forests of the northern hemisphere in book form. The reader can find useful information about various types of trees, and there are fun and creative tasks that inspire adventure and spark the imagination.
My Friends the Trees begins our Little Handbook series.
ORIG.TITLE: YSTÄVÄNI PUU, PIENI KÄSIKIRJA PUUISTA ISBN: 978-952-7105-33-7 40 PAGES SIZE: 16 X 23 CM COLOURS: 3 COLOURS ALL RIGHTS AVAILABLE
Jenni Tuominen & Jukka Pylväs
Posse in the Inventor’s Cave
What are they up to now? The friends from Muzzle Hollow are up for a nature adventure. Caesar Calamari’s tent is packed, and a night spent in the forest is full of excitement. The next day they find a huge fallen tree and within it, a tunnel.
• THE STATE VISUAL ARTS COUNCIL AWARDED THE 2017 STATE ART AWARD TO ILLUSTRATOR AND VISUAL ARTIST JENNI TUOMINEN
Jenni Tuominen and Jukka Pylväs’ children’s book Posse in the Inventor’s Cave is an ode to collaboration and anarchic mixed-mindedness. The book follows the friends from the Posse in the Pickle book. A joyous and colourful set of characters grab the attention of young readers right away.
ORIG.TITLE: JENGI SIISTISTI SOTKUSSA
inen Tuom Jenni s Pylvä a kk Ju
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Jenn i Tuom inen s Ju kka Py lvä
ORIG.TITLE: JENGI KEKSIJÄN KÄTKÖSSÄ ISBN: 978-952-7105-45-0 32 PAGES SIZE: 29,7 X 21 CM COLOURS: 4/4 © RIGHTS FOR ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE
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ORIG.TITLE: LENTOPUSU ISBN: 978-952-7105-46-7 32 PAGES SIZE: 27 X 21 CM COLOURS: 4/4 ÂŠ RIGHTS FOR ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE
KUVA: Milka Alanen
A Flying Kiss
NEW AWARD WINNING AUTHOR IN THE HOUSE!
What happens when an airplane falls in love with a library bus? When love weighs 70,000 pounds, it fills all of the parking lots and makes the other cars nervous. Then one might miss some motherly advice! A Flying Kiss is a charming and whimsical story about an encounter between an airplane and a library bus where the journey is more important than the destination. Award winning illustrator and author (Bologna Digital Ragazzi Award) Anne Vasko plays with contrasts and old type sets to create gender neutral everyday heroes who mightily expand the character gallery of this picture book.
A Year With the Wind When was the wind born? Where does it go? The wind is always changing, but we hardly notice it unless it is very strong. Still the wind makes its mark each and every month. A Year with the Wind by Hanna Konola is a poetic take on the changing of the seasons. The short text, combined with skilfully balanced illustrations, make this picture book unique. Enjoy the harmony that Hanna Konola magically creates. The 2018 Jury of the Bologna Ragazzi Award assigned a Special Mention in the FICTION category for the book. ORIG.TITLE: TUULEN VUOSI
COLOURS: 3 PANTONE + BLACK
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24 PAGES SIZE: 20,8 X 26 CM
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ETANA EDITIONS IN NUMBERS
Etana Editions was founded in 2014. In four years, the publishing house has published 31 books by 23 different authors. In addition to books, Etana Editions has designed and developed ten design and story-telling workshops for children, involving over 8,000 children. It has sold the rights of 23 books to various countries including China, the United States, Poland, Brazil, Spain, South Korea, Italy, France and Sweden. The books by Etana Editions have won 16 awards in Finland and abroad. Etana Editions was nominated for the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and in the autumn of 2018 received the prestigious Onnimanni Prize for its work in promoting children’s literature in Finland. AWARDS 2015 2016 2016 2016 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2018 2018 2018 2018 2018 2019 2019
The Most Beautiful Books of the Year 2014 – One More The Most Beautiful Books of the Year 2015 – The Piano’s Great Escape The White Ravens – The Piano’s Great Escape Gold Prize, The Best of the Year 2016 – The Piano’s Great Escape The Most Beautiful Books of the Year 2016 – A Year with the Wind The Most Beautiful Books of the Year 2016 / Finnish Book Art Committee – A Thousand and One Creatures Honorary Mention, Punni-lastenkirjapalkinto – A Thousand and One Creatures Honorary Mention, Punni-lastenkirjapalkinto – What Kind of Me? Mikkeli 11. Illustration Triennal, Bronze medal – A Thousand and One Creatures The White Ravens – A Thousand and One Creatures Honorary Mention, Vuoden Huiput 2017 – A Thousand and One Creatures IBBY Honour List 2018 – A Thousand and One Creatures The Most Beautiful Books of the Year 2017 – Amos and the Fog Tree ALMA Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee Bologna Ragazzi Award Special Mention – A Year with the Wind The White Ravens – Palle’ s and Monko’s Peculiar Day Onnimanni Award – Etana Editions publisher The Most Beautiful Books of the Year 2018 – Rosie’s Journey BOP – Bologna Prize, Best Children’s Publishers of the Year - nominee
Rosie’s Journey ORIG.TITLE: RUUSUN MATKA ISBN: 978-952-7105-30-6 48 PAGES SIZE: 22,5 X 33 CM COLOURS: 4/4 © RIGHTS SOLD: SWEDISH, KOREAN, ITALIAN • SELECTED TO BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR, ILLUSTRATOR’S EXHIBITION 2019
Rosie is a race dog. By day she runs at the track. By night she sits in her little room. One day she doesn’t stop at the end of the track. She jumps over the fence and runs away. Rosie keeps running. Where does Rosie end up? An almost silent book by award winner illustrator Marika Maijala gives a sensitive interpretation on a special journey. This large format book is Marika Maijala’s debut picture book as author-illustrator.
F I L I P PA & F R I E N D S S E R I E S
Juha Virta & Marika Maijala
The Piano’s Escape A piano falls out of a truck and on to the street. Filippa and her friends find it in their yard. They all want the piano. André the Donkey wants to use it as a coffee table, and Snoozy the Cat wants to take a nap in it. Filippa would simply love to play her favourite song on it. At the same time the pianist is missing his piano and the conductor his socks.
The Case of the Missing Cat
• GOLD PRIZE - BEST OF THE YEAR 2015 / GRAFIA RY ASSOCIATION OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGNERS IN FINLAND • SELECTED / THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015 / FINNISH BOOK ART COMMITTEE
Filippa, André the Donkey and Snoozy the Cat head off to an amusement park with a hall of mirrors and a magic show. They meet the magician’s assistant, Cedric the Rabbit, who has a huge problem. The magician has disappeared while performing a special disappearing act, and no one has seen him since. Filippa, her friends and Cedric the Rabbit step up to replace the magician as the main act in the magic show. They improvise a few simple spells and do some stand-up comedy, but their vanishing act causes Snoozy the Cat to go missing, too. Will they find her and the magician before the magic show ends?
ORIG.TITLE: PIANO KARKAA ISBN: 978-952-7105-03-0 40 PAGES SIZE: 26 X 20,8 CM COLOURS: 5/5 © RIGHTS SOLD: SWEDISH, ENGLISH (WORLDWIDE), SPANISH (WORLDWIDE)
ORIG.TITLE: KISSA KATOAA ISBN: 978-952-7105-04-7 40 PAGES SIZE: 26 X 20,8 CM COLOURS: 5/5 © RIGHTS SOLD: SWEDISH, SPANISH, CATALAN
F I L I P PA & F R I E N D S S E R I E S
Juha Virta & Marika Maijala
Whimsical Numbers A witty and suprising take on numbers, Whimsical Numbers is the first small format book in the Filippa & Friends series for the very young readers.
ORIG.TITLE: VILLIT NUMEROT
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Curious Colours Curious Colours will continue the small format books in the Filippa & Friends series. The group of friends this time will dive into the world of the never ending challenges of letters and words.
LITTLE BIG STORIES SERIES
Little Big Story About Christmas
Jouluun on yksi yö. kotikolossa tohinaa. Hiiri on laittaa joulu koristeita ikkunaan ja Kettu keittä ä porkkanakeittoa. Mutta apua, joulukuusi puutt uu, ja se on haetta va Karhulta!
RÉKA KIRÁ LY
It is Christmas time and the friends are in need of a Christmas tree. The spruces are in the nearby forest and their guardian is the scary Bear. Who is going to pick up a tree? The Bear takes the friends to the tree that looks exactly like the one they had imagined before the trip. Can it be that the Bear after all is nice, just a loner? What is the Best Christmas Gift this Year? A small book about how not everything is what it looks like.
Pieni suuri tarina siitä, miten täydel linen joulu syntyy, vaikka kaikki ei sujuisikaan sunnitelmien mukaan.
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COMING SOON! Little Big Story About Love rakkaudesta
ORIG.TITLE: PIENI SUURI TARINA JOULUSTA ISBN: 978-952-7105-27-6 32 PAGES / SIZE: 19,5 X 22 CM COLOURS: 4/4 © RIGHTS FOR ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE
LITTLE BIG STORIES SERIES
Little Big Story About Friendship One stormy night, Fox, Rabbit and Hedgehog gather together over a cup of hot chocolate. Suddenly there is a knock on the door. Who could it be in the middle of the night? It is Mouse, his only pear is finally ripe, but he is afraid of the wasps. Rabbit is not afraid of anything! The next day the friends go to pick the pear, and it turns out that Rabbit is afraid of something after all. A colourful book about fear, friendship and overcoming oneself.
ISBN: 978-952-7105-13-9 32 PAGES / SIZE: 19,5 X 22 CM
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RÉKA KIRÁ LY
ORIG.TITLE: PIENI SUURI TARINA YSTÄVYYDESTÄ
oikein huomenna lään: mitä yrittävät Pöllö on hämil Siili ja Jänis n tiedä, tarkoittaa? etteivät hekää et selittää. Paitsi ssaan! Eläim nen tuo tulle ävät mitä huomi si ja päätt yökyöpeleik ryhtyvät la metsästä Aamul sta. n… odottaa huomi suuri ja sinine astelee jokin
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Little Big Story About Tomorrow miten tarina siitä, ja Pieni suuri u huomiseksi tänään vaihtu ttelee aika tassu odottavankin eteenpäin.
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What does tomorrow mean? Owl is confused. He’s – obviously – a bit of a night owl and can’t tell when tomorrow begins. Mouse, Hedgehog and Rabbit try to explain. But does tomorrow begin in the middle of the night, at a certain time of the morning or when you wake up? This story takes a fun and fanciful approach to thinking about time from different perspectives.
ORIG.TITLE: PIENI SUURI TARINA HUOMISESTA ISBN: 978-952-7105-22-1 32 PAGES / SIZE: 19,5 X 22 CM COLOURS: 4/4 © RIGHTS SOLD: POLISH, KOREAN, CHINESE, SPANISH (WORLDWIDE), CATALAN (WORLDWIDE)
Atlas of Solitary Islands How deep is the sea? Where do whales sleep? Emma has a lot of important questions, but mom only wants to take cute pictures of her. Emma stops talking to mom, and moves to her own island with Aimo the Orangutan. He is a good listener, and they talk about hills, oceans and whales. But one day the island suddenly starts drifting away, over the page in the atlas towards the darkest part of the ocean. This is a heartfelt story about a mother-daughter relationship, big questions and a little girl who finds consolation in exploring imaginary worlds.
ORIG.TITLE: YKSINÄISTEN SAARTEN KARTASTO ISBN: 978-952-7105-18-4 32 PAGES COLOURS: 4/4 © RIGHTS FOR ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE
Laura Merz ja Aino Järvinen Tuhat ja yksi otusta
Tuhat Ja yKsi oTusta
ORIG.TITLE: TUHAT JA YKSI OTUSTA ISBN: 978-952-7105-07-8
Did you know that a giraffe’s poop falls from about three metres? Did you know that it can clean its ears with its tongue? A Thousand and One Creatures is a wild non-fiction book about animals written by Aino Järvinen and illustrated by Laura Merz. Merz delved into the world of animals to find surprising facts and used brushes, pieces of cardboard and wooden sticks to give texture, speed and character to each of the creatures.
64 PAGES SIZE: 27 X 33 CM COLOURS: 4/4 © RIGHTS SOLD: CHINESE, RUSSIAN, LATVIAN
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Jenni Rope Pallen ja Monkon kumma päivä Hush the Forest Mushroom is bored. His friend Mush tries to cheer him up. Let’s paint. They paint all the trees full of dots. But now that everything looks the same, Hush is bored again. They paint dots on each other, so they look different from all the other mushrooms. Suddenly all the other mushrooms want to have dots, too. Boring. How will they be able to recognise each other? A huge storm washes all the dots away. Will the friends find each other again?
ORIG.TITLE: PALLEN JA MONKON KUMMA PÄIVÄ
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An artistic picture book that tackles the ups and downs of a boring day is fineartist Jenni Rope’s debut children’s book.
Jenni Erkintalo ja Réka Király Talo kulman takana Family Do, the architect family Metre, Grandma and many others live in the house that Eppu is moving into today. There are new neighbours to meet and different lifestyles to learn about. The House around the Corner is a picture book about the residents of an old house, as seen through the eyes of a child. The story talks about courage and the acceptance of difference and diversity. The book prompts children to think about their own living environments.
ORIG.TITLE: TALO KULMAN TAKANA ISBN: 978-952-7105-09-2
•SHORTLISTED FOR MIKKELI’S 11TH ILLUSTRATION TRIENNIAL
32 PAGES SIZE: 21 X 25,5 CM COLOURS: 5/5 © RIGHTS SOLD: KOREAN
Ilja Karsikas Amos ja sumupuu Amos’ father has disappeared. Where did he go? Why did he leave his tools, notes, watch and other important things behind? And a strange fog-tree is growing in his atelier. You can hear whispers and odd noises coming from the tree. Luckily Amos’ grandfather and his loyal dog Sniff can help Amos find his father. This picture book, written and illustrated by the talented Ilja Karsikas, puts into words and pictures a child’s conflicting emotions about a parent who succumbs to depression.
ORIG.TITLE: AMOS JA SUMUPUU ISBN: 978-952-7105-10-8 32 PAGES
SIZE: 21 X 25,5 CM COLOURS: 5/5 © RIGHTS FOR ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE
Jenni Erkintalo What kind of Me? The picture book What Kind of Me? explores feelings and expressions. How do you look when you are happy or sad? What happens to your face when you get angry or are surprised? The playful interaction between children and adults is assured when they open this book, since what could be more fun than to stand in front of a mirror and make faces. Energetic illustrations and bright colours bring feelings and expressions close to the hearts and minds of readers. ORIG.TITLE: MILLAINEN MINÄ? ISBN: 978-952-7105-11-5 32 PAGES
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•HONORABLE MENTION / PUNNI AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH LITERATURE / THE FINNISH INSTITUE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Jenni Erkintalo Colours and Creatures The paintbrushes have a big task. The sea animals need a new coat of paint! But what happens when two brushes suddenly bump into each other? How do the primary colours change? Jenni Erkintalo’s picture book Colours and Creatures is a wonderful book about discovering colours and diversity. Bright illustrations, playful storytelling, and thick, environmentally-friendly paper guarantee that the book will last for many readings. ORIG.TITLE: VÄREJÄ MERESSÄ ISBN: 978-9527105-00-9 PAGES: 32 SIVUA SIZE: 16 X 16 CM
COLOURS: 5/5 RIGHTS SOLD: SPANISH (WORLDWIDE), CATALAN
Réka Király One More Who lives here? No one, the red hut stands empty. One by one the animals of the forest move in, until the hut is more than full. What happens next? This short story contains a hint of traditional fairy tales and is illustrated with colours that pop. One More is an insightful and humourous picture book about the changes in shapes.
ORIG.TITLE: YKSI VIELÄ ISBN: 978-952-7105-01-6
•SELECTED / THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014 / THE FINNISH BOOK ART COMMITTEE
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32 PAGES SIZE: 16 X 16 CM
Jenni Erkintalo & Réka Király Pop Soon at Home Leo has spent the whole day playing. But how did his best friend Pop the Bird spend the day? Where is he? Pop Soon at Home is a colourful book about the obstacles, big and small, that we manage to overcome. The short text uses words that imitate sounds, creating a lively reading experience.
ORIG.TITLE: POP PIAN KOTONA ISBN: 978-9527105-02-3 32 PAGES SIZE: 16 X 16 CM
COLOURS: 5/5 © RIGHTS FOR ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE
The illustrations are made entirely of basic shapes. So after reading the book, children can use their own building blocks to build Pop’s world and in so doing, combine visual and tactile experiences.
•SHORTLISTED FOR MIKKELI’S 11TH ILLUSTRATION TRIENNIAL COMPETITION 2017
R É K A K I R Á LY
Réka Király 1,2,3... One yellow elephant in the fountain, eight blue goldfish in a bowl, ten ants running around and many more curiousities Lila finds on her walk in the park. She counts till ten, then to continue to eleven she needs a friend’s pair of hands. 1,2,3... is a playful, silent book full of colours on numbers.
ORIG.TITLE: 1,2,3... ISBN: 978-952-7105-19-1 32 PAGES
SIZE: 16 X 16 CM COLOURS: 4/4 © SOLD RIGHTS: CHINESE
AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS Photos by Aino Huovio and Minna Kurjenluoma
Hanna Konola is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and artist who lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Her works can be found from Scandinavia to Japan and include paper products, books and magazines. In Hanna’s works randomness meets a precise, analytical approach. The outcome is often playful yet thoughtful, just like in her new book A Year with the Wind. In 2016, her debut book A Year with the Wind received one of The Most Beautiful Children’s Books of 2016 prize awarded by the Finnish Book Art Committee and in 2018 it received Special Mention at the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award.
Jenni Erkintalo is a Finnish graphic designer and illustrator who lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Jenni worked with public art and communications projects for many years before she started a new adventure in the world of children’s book illustration. Her debut book Colours and Creatures (2014) was sold out in less than a year and received wide praise from both young readers and educators. Since then, she has published two more books. Jenni’s stories combine playful words and illustrations with lively textures and painterly strokes. In 2016 her book What kind of Me? received an honorable mention from the new Punni Award for children’s and youth literature.
Maija Hurme is a children´s book illustrator who lives in Helsinki, Finland. She has illustrated picture books, poetry books, school books and non-fiction books for children. She likes to gets her hands dirty with crayons, paint and pastels, and she is constantly looking for the right colours and materials for the project at hand. The Atlas of Solitary Islands is her debut work as an author-illustrator.
Juha Virta is a teacher, new media artist and writer who lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. He has also been composing and playing music for years. Juha writes with dedication to the language and creates humorous twists and turns in his stories. Together with Marika Maijala, he wrote the Sylvi Kepponen children’s book series that has been translated into numerous languages. He is currently working on the Filippa & Company -series’ third book. Marika Maijala is an award winning illustrator who has been illustrating and designing children’s books since 2003. Together with Juha Virta, she wrote and illustrated the Sylvi Kepponen children’s book series. In 2009 she received the prestigious Rudolf Koivu Prize for illustration. Marika’s work has been nominated twice for the Finlandia Junior Prize. The Piano’s Great Escape is the first book in the Filippa & Company series. In 2016 the book was honored as one of The Most Beautiful Children’s Books of 2015, a prize awarded by the Finnish Book Art Committee; the Gold Award in the Best of the Year 2015 competition by Grafia, and it was selected for the 2016 White Ravens list. Marika Maijala has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Reward.
Réka Király is a Hungarian-born graphic designer and illustrator who lives and works in Helsinki. Réka has worked with children’s culture since 2005. Her books have been translated into various languages and received prizes, such as The Most Beautiful Children’s Books prize in consecutive years, and were selected for The White Ravens list. Réka uses odd colour combinations and modular systems in her works and is fascinated by modular systems.
AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS Photos by Aino Huovio and Minna Kurjenluoma
KUVA: Milka Alan
Jenni Rope is a Finnish artist and illustrator who lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Her artwork has been exhibited widely in Finland and abroad. Jenni has made picture books, illustrations, album covers and print design, e.g. for Marimekko.
Jenni Tuominen is one of the most prominent and active Finnish illustrator and visual artist at present. Her personal, self-evolving style is recognizable in all the means of expression she uses. Essential to Tuominen’s artistic profile is multidisciplinary. She is doing illustrations, figurative art and pattern design. She received The State Art Award 2017 awarded by The State Visual Arts Council.
Jukka Pylväs is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Porvoo. He graduated in Art Graphic at the Estonian Academy of Art in 2000 and has continued his studies in the Graphic Design Master’s degree at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. In his illustration work Pylväs is a master of reduction and laconic humor.
KUVA: Jukka Pylväs
KUVA: Jenni Tuominen
Anne Vasko is an award winning author and illustrator living in Helsinki. Vasko’s style is characterized by richness, craftsmanship and an open-minded attitude towards materials. She received the prestigious Rudolf Koivu Award in 2010, and her work has been Finlandia Junior nominee. Her book series Mur with Kaisa Happonen received worldwide attention and it’s digital app the Bologna Digital Award in 2017.
Ilja Karsikas is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Helsinki, Finland. He graduated with a degree in graphic design from the Lahti Institute of Design in 2003, after which he did a lot of graphic design, book design and posters alongside illustration. Since 2009, Ilja has focused on illustration. Ilja has illustrated four children’s books. His illustrations have been displayed in several exhibitions and design publications in Finland and abroad. His is currently working on new children’s books.
Laura Merz is an artist, textile designer and illustrator who lives and works in Helsinki and Berlin. A Thousand and One Creatures is her first children’s book. Laura is fascinated by nature and wildlife. The inspiration for her illustrations comes from real-life encounters with animals. Laura’s drawings are often humorous and rich with quirky details. Her works are a combination of minimalism and maximalism. Her debut book A Thousand and One Creatures received various awards both in Finland and abroad.
Aino Järvinen is a retired Finnish language teacher who has always had an interest in writing and storytelling. Aino and Laura Merz have known each other since forever, as Aino is Laura’s godmother. When working on the book A Thousand and One Creatures, Aino’s challenge was to create an inspirational narrative that would fascinate young and adult readers alike. Her debut book A Thousand and One Creatures received various awards both in Finland and abroad.
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