Speakers att the SmåBUS Children´s Book Festival 2018

Marit Törnqvist, The Netherlands

Marit Törnqvist(1964) was born in Sweden to a Dutch mother and a Swedish father. When she was five they moved to the Netherlands. She studied illustration at Gerrit Rietveld School of Art & Design, where her talent and unique style made an immediate impression.

Marit made her international debut in 1989 with a picture book by Astrid Lindgren – A Calf for Christmas. More picture books based on Astrid Lindgren’s texts followed and a close friendship developed between Marit and Astrid. In 1994, Marit received the commission to turn the best known fairy tales by Astrid Lindgren into a three-dimensional journey in the newly created children’s cultural center Junibacken in Stockholm. Junibacken opened in the presence of Astrid Lindgren and the Swedish king and queen in 1996. Since then millions of people have visited it and experienced the fairy tale journey, for which Marit has received several rewards.

Marit has illustrated several writers, such as the Dutch poets Hans and Monique Hagen, but she is also a writer herself. The first book Marit wrote, Klein verhaal over liefde(“A Small Story About Love”) was published in 1995. In 2017, her latest book Het gelukkige eiland(“The Island of Happiness”) came out. The press has described her work as “impressive and timeless”, “technically astonishing” and “colourful, layered and full of emotion”. Marits books has been published in around 20 languages. She was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award eleven times in a row and she was one of five illustrators on the shortlist of the H.C. Andersen Award 2016.

Marithas also initiated various projects where tens of thousands of refugees have been welcomed with a book in their own language. She uses books and stories as a way to build a bridge between cultures in an increasingly polarized world.
From Nairobi to Tokyo, from the jungle of Suriname to the slums of Tehran - she keeps telling stories to children that they desperately need to get hope from.

Belgium and the Netherlands have nominated Marit Törnqvist for the IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promotor Award2020.


Fatinha Ramos, Portugal

Fatinha Ramos is a Antwerp-based illustrator and visual artist, originally from Portugal. Answering the call from several international magazines, she has opened the door to her fantasy realm. Fatinha has worked her magic on children’s books, covers, posters, editorial, advertising, fashion, animation and diverse personal projects. Her work takes us on a journey through an imaginary world of singular textures and rich color pallet, with surreal compositions that create an emotive and fascinating universe. She has been internationally recognized by: 3x3; Society of Illustrators New York; Creative Quarterly; Nami Concours; Global Illustration Award; World Illustration Award (AOI)…etc. One of her latest children’s books: “Sonia Delaunay. A Life Of Color” published by MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art New York) got a New York Times book review, a Global Excellence Illustration Award in Frankfurt Buchmesse and a White Raven.


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