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Panel: Bringing Nordic Children's Literature to an English Readership



Pippi Longstocking and the Moomins continue to be favorites among English readers young and old. In this panel discussion, we will cover some of the aspects that make Nordic children's literature unique as well as the challenges and opportunities for bringing Nordic children's literature to English language audiences in the current publishing climate. This event is part of WorldKidLit month, which takes place every September and celebrates world literature and translation for children and young adults.

*Please note this is not a children's program.


  • Laura Simeon

    Laura Simeon

    Laura Simeon is a Young Readers' Editor at Kirkus Reviews and former school librarian.

  • MiaSpangenberg

    Mia Spangenberg

    Mia Spangenberg translates fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature from Finnish, Swedish, and German into English.

  • Lotta Gavel Adams

    Lotta Gavel Adams

    Lotta Gavel Adams is Professor Emerita of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington in Seattle, and Barbro Osher Chair Emerita of Swedish Studies. 

  • Elizabeth DeNoma

    Dr. Elizabeth DeNoma

    Dr. Elizabeth DeNoma is the founder of DeNoma Literary Services, an international publishing consulting business offering translation, editorial, and foreign rights services.