Astrid Lindgren was born in 1907. She is often considered Sweden's most famous writer of childrens' fiction. Her books often revolve around a happy playful child, but with moments of danger, just the right combination to keep the reader - the younger ones, at least - on the edge.

Her fame began for real in 1945 when her now world famous story about Pippi Longstocking was published, and it became a tremendous success and has been translated to several languages.

Update: She passed away today, January 28, 2002, but she will live on in the heart of children all over the world for years to come. Rest in peace, Astrid, and thanks for all the good times.

A small selection of her best known books:

Many of her stories have also been made into movies and television series.