Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir was born 1985 and lives in Hafnarfjörður with her husband, their two boys and the tree legged cat Megas. She’s illustrated several books but the first book that is completely hers is Vinurminn, vindurinn (My friend, the wind). The book was inspired by a conversation with her son and is nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2015.
My friend the wind
Grandma sometimes talks about „window weather“, grandpa never misses the weather news and kitty loves to chase the leaves when the wind blows. A beautiful and sweet book where the reader follows a curious kitty in the ever changing Icelandic weather.
Text available in Norwegian and English
Nominated for Fjöruverðlaunin, the Icelandic women’s literature price and for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2015.
Here comes summer!
In Iceland, the golden plover is the first sign of spring and summer is just around the corner. Migrating birds lay their eggs and the cat comes out to play and stretch in the sun. In this beautiful book, the subject is the Icelandic summer in all its capricious glory.
Text available in English
Building Bridges is a book for the youngest generation and is exquisite in every way. It tells the tale of a lonely, little bunny who longs for a friend. As the bunny is a resourceful little thing, she decides to build a bridge over the river in the hopes of fnding a playmate on the other side. Bergrún’s text is simple while creating room for discussion between adults and young listeners. The illustrations are lovely and fun, and suit the subject matter perfectly, such as the illustration depicting the bunny’s loneliness, where she sits sadly on one side of a see-saw – every child knows that it takes two to play on the see-saw.
But the author does not neglect to show how solitude can sometimes be both necessary and nice – for instance to enjoy a good book.
English text available