"I would never do a picture book about... nothing."
Pija Lindenbaum was born and raised in Sundsvall, in the north of Sweden. She graduated from the Stockholm College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1979 and has since then worked as an artist, designer and author. Pija Lindenbaum has created a long series of successful picture books: her first book, Else-Marie och småpapporna/ Else-Marie and the Seven Little Daddies, Boken om Bodil/Bodil, My Dog, Britten och prins Benny/Britt and Prince Benny…
Pija received the Swedish Bookshop Assistants’ plaque ”Your book – our choice” in 1991 for Else-Marie och småpapporna, and the newspaper Expressen’s Heffaklump prize in 1991 for the same book. Twice, in 1993 and 1996, she has been nominated for the August prize for Över bäcken/Over the Brook (text by Lennart Hagerfors) and Britten and Prince Benny, respectively.
In 1993, Pija Lindenbaum was chosen as Illustrator of the Year at the children’s book fair in Bologna. She has been awarded the New York Times’ diploma for the best picture book for Boken om Bodil/Bodil, My Dog.
In 2000, Pija Lindenbaum won the August prize for the best book for children and young people with the book Gittan och gråvargarna/Bridget and the Grey Wolves. ”Intelligently and pluckily, Pija Lindenbaum describes how a small girl acquires great courage” (explanation by the August jury). In 2008 she was awarded both the Rabén & Sjögren Astrid Lindgren Prize and the Ottilia Adelborg Prize for all her picture books.