Children’s literature

This toolkit contains two separate exhibitions.

  1. A tribute to children’s books is produced by the Swedish Academy for Children’s Books and highlights reasons for reading and includes illustrations by Swedish illustrators of children’s books.
  2. Where children grow presents characters of Swedish children’s books, focuses on children’s rights to express themselves and be heard. The exhibition, produced in collaboration with the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books, aims to establish a dialogue on the importance of children’s literature and a child perspective. Kindly note that after 1 November 2019 it will no longer be possible to apply for Where Children Grow. 

The toolkit also contains guidelines for workshops and seminars with pedagogues, authors and illustrators with topic suggestions.

Building blocks

Language versions

A tribute to children’s books is available in English, Arabic, Belarussian, Turkish, French, Russian, Finnish and Polish.

The Where children grow exhibition and folder are already available in Swedish, English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Latvian, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Turkish and Russian.

The exhibitions can also be translated into other local languages by the foreign missions. See text files below.

1. A tribute to children’s books

Exhibition material
Exhibition overview
Text for translation (ENG)
Text for translation (SWE)


2. Where children grow

Kindly note that after 1 November 2019 it will no longer be possible to apply for Where Children Grow. 

Exhibition material
Exhibition overview
Exhibition text for translation (SWE)
Exhibition text for translation (ENG)

A folder presenting the authors and illustrators are also available for local translation.
Preview the English version here
Folder text for translation (SWE)
Folder text for translation (ENG)

Colouring book
Pippi Longstocking, PDF for print
This can be used in conjunction with a literature event for children.

Communication and activities

Suggested events


A tribute to children’s books
Instructions for printing the exhibition

Where children grow
Instructions for translating and printing the exhibition and folder

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the exhibition, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speakers.

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Emma Jansson.