Children’s and Young Adults’ Books

A cover and a spread of the book God morgon rymden <br />

Linda Bondestam
God morgon rymden

  • Published by Förlaget & Berghs
  • Graphic design and illustration Linda Bondestam
  • Photography Niklas Sandström
  • Reproduced, printed and bound by Jelgavas Tipogrāfija
  • Paper Munken Lynx
  • Typeface Moon Flower, Moon Flower, IM FELL DW Pica PRO

This fun little book is easy to hold onto. The surprisingly diminutive pages make this peek-a-boo book a jovial children’s book sown with details. Colour has been used to create amusing levels in the illustrations: the adults are tired and grey, while the children are full of colour and energy. The linear placement of the text on white bands is a refreshing visual solution in a genre where the texts often do little more than stay out of the illustrations’ way.

A cover and a spread of the book Kadoksissa<br />

Kati Närhi

  • Published by Capuchina Kustannus
  • Graphic design, illustration and photorgraphy Kati Närhi
  • Reproduced, printed and bound by Jelgavas Tipogrāfija
  • Paper Amber Graphic 170 g/m²
  • Typeface Superclarendon

This wordless story sucks you into its sparsely coloured world, whose colour scale expands as the mood changes. The visual narration is minimalist and strong. The printing could have been enlivened with the use of spot colours.

A cover and a spread of the book Kaikki löytämäni viimeiset<br />

Maija Hurme
Kaikki löytämäni viimeiset

  • Published by Etana Editions
  • Graphic design Réka Király
  • Illustration Maija Hurme
  • Reproduced by Etana Editions
  • Printed and bound by Jelgavas Tipogrāfija
  • Paper MultiOffset 140 g/m²
  • Typeface IM Fell DW Pica Pro

This sweet scrapbook of all kinds of last things communicates brilliantly the transience of life and reminds us that last things can be happy too. The laconic typography gives space to a lovely world of images, but it could also have been in better conversation with the images. The rich illustrations play with varying techniques and colours while managing to remain calm and breathe.

A cover and a spread of the book Skelettet.

Malin Klingenberg – Maria Sann

  • Published by Schildts & Söderströms
  • Graphic design and illustration Maria Sann
  • Reproduced, printed and bound by Livonia Print
  • Paper Munken Lynx 150 g/m²
  • Typeface Avenir

An explosively black cover lifts this graphically accomplished picture book into its own orbit. The colour of the cover merges seamlessly with the book’s content about X-ray images. The visual narrative is clever and controlled, and the images and text take turns telling the story. The endpapers elucidate the plot humorously but elegantly. The endpaper illustration uses the uncommon technique of continuing onto the third page, which gently leads the reader’s eye to the title page.

A cover and a spread of the book Taikurinkukka.

Marika Maijala

  • Published by Etana Editions
  • Graphic design and reproduced by Jenni Erkintalo
  • Illustration Marika Maijala
  • Printed and bound by Jelgavas Tipogrāfija
  • Paper Munken
  • Typeface IM Fell DW Pica Pro

The illustrations and colour scheme of Taikurinkukka plunge the reader into a unique place and time. The large size is like a door to a magician’s world. The sweet characters are brought to life with the casual gouache brushstrokes. The material of the cover feels as warm as its colour scheme. The yellow endpapers and the second set of illustrated endpapers that follow them surprise and amaze.

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