Children Stories and Culture


  • Fritz and the Beautiful Horses

    Fritz and the Beautiful Horses


    by Jan Brett
    This is one of Brett’s first books. The story is sweet, and the illustrations of horses are beautiful. The loveliest horses live within a walled city where the proud people pamper and train them. Fritz, a pony, was not a beautiful horse, but when something frightening happens, Fritz takes over. Soon he is pampered ... ... more

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    The Ice Horse


    by Renne
    A little horse wants to live with a herd of Icelandic horses, but the leader of the herd, a black stallion, tells the little horse to go away when the herd heads for winter grasslands. Eventually, winter sets in and winter in Iceland can be brutal. In time, the little lonely horse spots the ... ... more

  • Per and the Dala Horse

    Per and the Dala Horse


    by Rebecca Hickox
    This wonderful book has gorgeous illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert that help interpret the story of Per, the youngest of three sons. When his father dies in Dalarna, Sweden, the oldest brother gets the farm, the second son inherits a horse, and Per becomes the owner of a beautiful Dala horse. The older brothers ... ... more

  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff

    The Three Billy Goats Gruff


    retold and illustrated by Janet Stevens
    This familiar story has been told and retold by many authors and performers, but one of the favorite versions is this one by Stevens. The trolls in this book look like trolls, but the goats take on modern garb to disguise themselves from the hungry, angry troll. The littlest one ... ... more


Did you know that Frozen’s art director and artistic crew went to Norway to study the landscape and scenery before starting the animation? While there, they drew inspiration from Norway’s architecture and culture.

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    Frozen: The Junior Novelization


    adapted by Sarah Nathan and Sela Roman
    Just like in the movie, Anna sets of to find her sister, Elsa. Accompanying Anna are Kristoff and his reindeer Sven. Along the way they meet trolls and the funny snowman Olaf. A special edition.
    For ages 8 to 12. ... more

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    Frozen: The Ultimate Sticker Book


    Over 60 reusable stickers featuring the beloved characters and scenes in the movie. ... more

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    Hans Brinker


    as retold by Bruce Coville; Illustrations by Laurel Long
    Hans Brinker, sometimes titled 'The Silver Skates,' is a novel by Mary Mapes Dodge written in 1865 about Hans and Gretel Brinker, two very poor children in Holland. The book was a classic in American schools for generations, but has been neglected of late. Coville and ... ... more

  • The Little Goat on the Roof

    The Little Goat on the Roof


    by Jody Littler 
    Littler, who grew up in Wisconsin and ate at Al Johnson’s grassed-roof restaurant, had the same fantasies about goats on a roof as many other children. For non-Midwesterners, Al Johnson’s is a famous Swedish Restaurant and Butik in Door County, and there really are goats grazing on the roof. Goats on a roof is ... ... more

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    Finn Family Moomintroll


    by Tove Jansson
    Tove Marika Jansson, the author of the Moomin series, was a Swedish-Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. Between 1945 and 1993 Jansson ... ... more

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    The Children of Noisy Village


    by Astrid Lindgren
    In this charming book, Lindgren writes about the yearlong fun and everyday life of six humorous children — Lisa, Karl, Britta, Anna, Olaf and Bill — who live on three neighboring farms. People in that area refer to the location as "noisy village" because of the high-spirited life and fun found there. Join ... ... more

  • Christmas in Noisy Village

    Christmas in Noisy Village


    by Astrid Lindgren

    Beginning in 1939, Lindgren —Sweden's beloved children's author — began writing books for young people. Her final two books were published posthumously in 2002, the year she died at age 94, and in 2007. Well, maybe these aren't her final books; In January 2008, the national Library of Sweden inaugurated the Astrid Lindgren Archive ... ... more

  • The Tomten

    The Tomten


    by Astrid Lindgren
    The tomte, who speaks the "tomter" language, is a good natured elf-like creature who lives only on farms and is very busy during the winter while adults and children sleep a lot. These people have never seen him, but they do see his tiny track in the snow.  The invisible "tomten" also visits ... ... more

  • The Tomten and The Fox

    The Tomten and The Fox


    by Astrid Lindgren
    Astrid Lindgren's second book about "tomter" involves a fox. When all is quiet around the farm at night, "tomter" wake up. Though no one has ever seen them, everyone knows "tomter" live on the farm and talk to the animals. In this book, children learn about a sly fox named Reynard who gets ... ... more

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    The Steadfast Tin Soldier


    by H.C. Anderson, retold by Kathleen Olmstead
    In this small hardcover book, a tin soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina in this retalling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic. Olmstead’s retelling includes a full page illustration by Marcos Calo on each page, and incorporates language children understand. Ages 3 to 6. ... more

  • Lina-Marja’s Day

    Lina-Marja’s Day


    by Jaakko Alatalo (Sami)
    Subtitled from Dawn to Dusk in Lapland, follow along with Lina-Marja as she gets ready for school. Follow her through the school day until she returns home and visits her grandmother. She and her mother leave this home to go to another home where her father and brother have been working. Alatalo has ... ... more


Activity and Culture Books

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    Lucia Morning in Sweden


    by Ewa Rydåker
    People in many countries celebrate St. Lucia’s Day on December 13 each year. Originally corresponding with the shortest day of the year, this day has become a festival of light. This book introduces the reader to the Svensson family in Sweden; Sofie, Louise, and Carl. As they prepare for St. Lucia’s day, the reader ... ... more

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    Story of the Vikings


    by A. G. Smith
    Paperback Coloring/Illustration Book
    This 48-page coloring book contains thoroughly researched, factual narrative chronicling the exciting life of the Norsement -- their Viking life in Norway and Iceland, raids into England and France, and their presence in America and Russia. Along with thirty-eight very detailed illustrations, there are also maps and information and ... ... more

  • Scandinavian Girl and Boy Paper Dolls

    Scandinavian Girl and Boy Paper Dolls


    by Kathy Allert
    In addition to four Swedish costumes and four Norwegian "bunader," the two paper dolls -- Karen and
Lars-Erik -- have eight more colorful Scandinavian costumes to choose from including ones from Finland, Lappland, Denmark, Iceland and Greenland. Ages 3 - 10. ... more

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    Norway: A Coloring & Activity Book


    by Kirsten Sevig
    This is a coloring book plus! This fun 48 page book includes great tidbits about Norwegian crafts, recipes, songs, and traditions. It is a great introduction to the Norwegian people and lifestyle. Children (and adults) can color images of Norway's fjords, farms, costumes, towns, Vikings, and trolls as they learn about holidays, "rosemaling", ... ... more

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    Sweden: A Coloring & Activity Book


    by Kirsten Sevig
    Coloring book
    Just like the Norway Coloring Book, this too, is a Coloring Book Plus. These fun filled 48 pages subtly teach about special Swedish crafts, recipes, songs, holidays, folklore and traditions. As children color pictures of Sweden's castles, its countryside and costumes, they'll be learning about Dala horses, folk instruments, the Maypole, Sankta Lucia ... ... more

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    Denmark: A coloring & Activity Book


    by Kirsten Sevig
    Coloring Book
    New to the Sevig's Scandinavian coloring book collection is the Denmark book. Like the other two, this is more than a coloring book. Forty-eight fun-filled pages offer crafts, recipes, songs, city and country scenes including windmills, and great coloring pages that teach about the traditions and holidays in Denmark. Ages ... ... more

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    Finland: A Coloring & Activity Book


    by Kirsten Sevig
    Coloring Book
    This is the fourth coloring and activity book on the Scandinavian countries that Kirsten has designed. This book, enjoyed by teachers as much as young people, contains pages for coloring, an easy-to-read map, simple Finnish crafts, recipes, songs and traditions. From castles to caribou, folk art designs to Finnish ... ... more


Stories about World War II for Older Children

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    The Klipfish Code


    by Mary Casanova
    This historical fiction novel, set in 1942 when many Norwegians were secretly fighting for their country while it was under Nazi occupation, centers around 12-year-old Marit whose village has been bombed. In this suspense-filled story, Marit is faced with a new harsh world where she watches the Nazis take her blankets, teacher, security, ... ... more

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    A Faraway Island

    $16.99 $14.00

    by Annika Thor
    In the summer of 1939, Jewish sisters from Vienna, 12-year-old Stephie Steiner and 8-year-old Nellie, are sent to Sweden to escape the Nazis. Once their parents can flee to Amsterdam, the family plans to move to America. However, the world war intensifies and the girls remain, each with her own host family, on ... ... more

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    Number the Stars


    by Lois Lowry
    For Annemarie, life in Copenhagen is a complicated mix of ordinary home and school life, food shortages, and the constant presence of Nazi soldiers. To her courage is something dragon-slaying knights do in the bedtime stories, but soon Annemarie's bravery is tested. Set in 1943 when Nazis occupied Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen is asked ... ... more

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    Honey Cake


    by Jean Betty Stuchner
    Designated as fiction, experiences like the ones in this book really happened during World War II, but stories describing life in Scandinavia during the time of Nazi occupation generally went undocumented until recently and therefore their stories weren't well known. This story, somewhat reminiscent of Anne Frank, centers on a 10-year-old Danish boy, ... ... more

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    Reckless Courage: The True Story of a Norwegian Boy Under Nazi Rule


    by William Fuller
    Although quite a few books have been and are being written about World War II, not many dealing with the subject of Norway's occupation and the resistance that took place there were written for teen readers. "Reckless Courage", based on a true experience, helps fill that gap. Fuller tells the story through ... ... more

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    Shadow on the Mountain


    by Margi Preus
    This wonderful story was inspired by the real-life adventures of a Norwegian WW II spy, Erling Storrusten, whom the award-winning author Preus interviewed. In the retelling, Preus gives us the story of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his friends are swept up in the ... ... more

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    Snow Treasure


    by Marie McSwigan
    A story of courage and adventure about Peter and his young friends who have key roles in a dangerous plan to get Norway's gold out of the country during WW II. Recently reissued, many American adults will recall reading this story in grade school in the '50s, and cheering when the children hid ... ... more