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Happy Pride 2021 - Reading tips for children and young adults

Pride bu kollasj

June sees the celebration of Pride Month worldwide and today is the first day of Oslo Pride, which will take place both in the city and online. On Saturday June 26 there will be a digital parade as well as a boat parade on the Oslo fjord.
At NORLA, we are happy to join in the celebration by sharing a selection of LGBT+ themed books available for children and young adults. Below we have included titles updated from last year’s list made by IBBY Norway (International Board on Books for Young People).

All books are originally published in Norwegian. Presentations available in English unless otherwise indicated.

Mari Grydeland: Kys mik (2021) | For readers 9-12 years old
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Nora Dåsnes: Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (Ti kniver i hjertet) (2020) | 9-12 years
- Awarded Gold for Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2021 (The GRAFILL’s Visual Prize The Year’s Most Beautiful Books / The Norwegian Designer’s Guild). Winner of the 2020 Ministry of Culture’s Graphic Novel Prize and The 2020 Pondus Prize.
- Nominated for: The 2021/2022 Avid Reader Award “Bokslukerprisen” and the 2021 Children’s Book Prize (Bergen Library).
Foreign sales to: Danish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish (Latin America and North America), Spanish (Spain), Swedish.
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Alexander Kielland Krag: This Stays Between Us (Dette blir mellom oss) (2020) | Young adults – Instagram book
- Awarded Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards in the media and entertainment category.
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Line Baugstø: Jeg er Leona (2020) | 9-12 years
- Awarded the 2020 Ministry of Culture’s Literary Prize.
- Nominated for the 2020 ARK Children’s Book Prize and the 2021/2022 Avid Reader Award “Bokslukerprisen”
Foreign sales to: Danish.
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Endre Lund Eriksen: Hvordan jeg tjente min første million (2020) | 12-16 years
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Ida Hegazi Høyer and Øivind Hovland (ill.): Kim Friele (2019) | 3-6 years
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Tom Erik Fure and Kenneth Larsen (ill.): Benny Goes Berserk (Benny går berserk) (series, 2019) | 9-12 years
Foreign sales to: Swedish.
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Line Baugstø: If We Were Lions (Vi skulle vært løver) (2019) | 9-12 years
- Awarded the 2018 Norwegian Book Bloggers’ Prize.
- Nominated for the 2018 ARK Children’s Book Prize, the 2018 Avid Reader Award “Bokslukerprisen” and for the 2019 Children’s Book Prize.
Foreign sales to: Danish, Faroese, German, Italian, Swedish.
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Jenny Jordahl: Hannemone and Hulda (Hannemone og Hulda) (2017) | 4-6 years
Foreign sales to: Spain.
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Linda Klakken: Stupid, Stupid Heart (Dumme, dumme hjarte) (2017) | 9-12 years
- Nominated for the 2018 Norwegian Writers for Children First Book Prize (“Trollkrittet”)
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Tor Fretheim: Leon’s Secret (Leons hemmelighet) (2017) | 13-18 years
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Monika Steinholm: Nærmere kommer vi ikke (2017) | 12-16 years
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Heidi Sævareid: Lopsided (Slagside) (2016) | 12-16 years
- Shortlisted for the Brage Prize 2016 and for the Southern Norway’s Literature Prize 2016.
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Linde Hagerup and Jens A. Larsen Aas (ill.): A Brother Too Many (En bror for mye) (2016) | 8-13 years
- Nominated for the 2020 Deutscher Jungendliteraturpreis.
Foreign sales to: Faroe Islands, Germany, Russia.
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Harald Nortun: The Experiment (Eksperimentet) (2015) | 9-12 years
Foreign sales to: Belgium, Denmark, France, Sweden.
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Lone Halvorsen, Maria Therese Olsen and Gina Snipp (ill.): Wilma har to mammaer (2015) | 3-6 years
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Hans Sande and Per Dybvig (ill.): In Love woth Billy Backfire (Forelska i Feisbukk) (2014) | 4-8 years
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Thomas Marco Blatt: If You Lie (Hvis du lyver) (2014) | 10-13 years
Foreign sales to: Denmark.
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Endre Lund Eriksen: The Summer Dad Turned Gay (Den sommeren pappa ble homo) (2012) | 12-16 years
Foreign sales to: Danish, Dutch, French, German.
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Kari Tinnen and Mari Kanstad Johnsen (ill.): Barbiedoll Nils and the Gun Problem (Barbie-Nils og pistolproblemet) (2011) | 3-6 years
Foreign sales to: French and Spanish.
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See the complete IBBY list here (in Norwegian)

Books from Norway provides you with English-language information about all genres of Norwegian literature. The information is provided by the rightsholders and NORLA.

Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Please visit our website for information about the project.

Frankfurt 2019