Elsa Beskow was born in 1874 and died in 1953. Her father was Norwegian (had to mention that) and her mother was Swedish. She married former minister Natanael Beskow and they had six sons.
She published forty books and combined reality with the fairy tale world. Children met elves or goblins, and farm animals talked with people. Central were the relationships between children and adults and children's independent initiative.
Beskow became one of the most well known of all Swedish children's book authors. Many of her books have become classics and are reprinted still. She also illustrated ABC books and songbooks for Swedish schools.
Her books have been translated into many languages, among others; English, German, Arabian, Japanese, Polish and Norwegian.
One of her most known tales are about Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender and Uncle Blue. Her inspiration came from her own Aunts and her Uncle. This is the one I remember and read most often, by her.
Others I read were Aunt Brown’s Birthday, Peter and Lotta’s Adventure, Peter in Blueberry Land, Children of the Forest, Pelle’s new Suit and Uncle Blue’s new Boat. I read them again and again!
Have a look at her illustrated year: