Why I Wrote 'My First Book About Sweden'

Picking Mushrooms - one of life's little pleasures, and just one of my inspirations for 'My First Book About Sweden' (photo by Piotr Wawrzyniuk via Shutterstock)

Picking Mushrooms - one of life's little pleasures, and just one of my inspirations for 'My First Book About Sweden' (photo by Piotr Wawrzyniuk via Shutterstock)

It's not until you become a parent that you realise the importance of roots, and you want to share your language and culture with your kids. But when you live away from your home country things get a little trickier - the kids don't hear your language spoken everyday, and they miss out on a lot of culture and traditions.

I grew up in Sweden, my husband is Dutch, and we live in England and as you might imagine we speak English at home. And although I read a lot of Swedish books to our boy, I felt as though something was missing - the books were great, but a lot of typically Swedish things were not mentioned.

When our little boy started talking, I wanted to find a way to share some of my childhood memories of Swedish Christmases, Midsummer parties and endless summer holidays spent fishing, climbing trees and exploring mysterious runestones.

And so the idea of 'My First Book About Sweden' was born.

It's a bilingual picture book with gorgeous colour photos of everything from Swedish Yule goats, to Dala horses, fika and Easter witches - all labelled in both English and Swedish. Think of it as a quick introduction to everything Swedish!

The book is suitable for toddlers and young kids who want to learn more Swedish words.

It's available in paperback, hardback and e-book from Amazon and other book stores., Go click the button below and check it out!

Photo credit: We are going to pick mushrooms by Piotr Wawrzyniuk via Shutterstock.