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Norwegian Children’s Book Authors Kristin Roskifte And Håkon Øvreås To Hold A Storytelling Session In Manila

The storytelling session will be held at SM Aura Premier's Book Nook

Book lovers are in for a treat as acclaimed Norwegian children’s book authors Kristin Roskifte and Håkon Øvreås make a stop at SM Aura Premier's Book Nook for a storytelling session on September 16, 2022


The storytelling session at the SM mall’s community library is one of the exciting activities organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila and NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad), who will also present the authors’ books at the 2022 Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center Manila. 


The Book Nook at SM Aura Premier. Book lovers can discover, read, share stories, and donate pre-loved books here. The Book Nook is a free community library encouraging book lovers of all ages to celebrate the joy of reading and learning, and the spirit of sharing and community.
The Book Nook at SM Aura Premier. Book lovers can discover, read, share stories, and donate pre-loved books here. The Book Nook is a free community library encouraging book lovers of all ages to celebrate the joy of reading and learning, and the spirit of sharing and community.


During the event, mallgoers will get a rare opportunity to meet author and illustrator Kristin Roskifte as she reads her latest work, Everybody Counts, a seek-and-find book, a counting book, and a picture book about humanity for kids and youth.


The book presents a playful view of the many connections and coincidences in our lives, and how every single one of us has a unique story, but we are all part of the same group – the world.  The book is critically acclaimed for its unique approach to visual communication and has been awarded some of the world's highest honors for children's literature.


In 2019, it was awarded the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize. It also won Gold Awards in Norwegian Visuelt and The Year’s Most Beautiful Books, and was nominated for Brageprisen and the World Illustration Award.  


The book has been translated to more than 30 languages. Everybody Counts is one of the books in the United Nations SDG library in Norway selected to represent Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries. 


Norwegian author and illustrator Kristin Roskifte
Norwegian author and illustrator Kristin Roskifte
Kristin Roskifte’s Everybody Counts, shows different people and situations from which numerous narratives and connections are created.
Kristin Roskifte’s "Everybody Counts" shows different people and situations from which numerous narratives and connections are created.
"Everybody Counts" is a wonderfully illustrated story of the many connections and coincidences in our lives, how every single one of us has a unique story, and how we are all part of the same group – the world.
"Everybody Counts" is a wonderfully illustrated story of the many connections and coincidences in our lives, how every single one of us has a unique story, and how we are all part of the same group – the world.
The award-winning children’s book, "Everybody Counts" (Alle Sammen Teller), written and illustrated by Kristin Roskifte, is a seek-and-find book, a counting book, and a picture book about humanity.
The award-winning children’s book, "Everybody Counts" (Alle Sammen Teller), written and illustrated by Kristin Roskifte, is a seek-and-find book, a counting book, and a picture book about humanity.


Children and adult readers, on the other hand, will be delighted to hear poet and writer Håkon Øvreås’ book reading of Brown (My Alter Ego is a Superhero), his first book in a trilogy for young readers. It is a story about the adventures of Rune (Rusty) and his marvelous ability to turn into the fearless superhero, Brune (Brown), and is a charming and powerful tale about friendship, courage, and standing up for one’s self.   


The book, which marked the author’s debut in children’s literature in 2013,  has received numerous prestigious Norwegian children's literature awards and nominations, including the Norwegian Ministry of Culture's Literature Prize (Best Children's and Young Adults Book) in 2013, the Trollkrittet Prize (Norwegian children's/YA book writers' debut prize) also in 2013, the Nordic Council Literature Prize for Children and Young Adults in 2014, the Dutch Zilveren Griffel (Silver Pencil) in 2015, The German Luchs des Jahres (Best Children and YA Book) in 2016, and the 2020 Batchelder Award through the American Library Association's ALSC awards. The translation rights for the trilogy have been sold into 30 languages.


Norwegian literature for children and young adults is rich and diverse, characterized by imagination, independence, and uniqueness.  A number of Norway’s acclaimed novelists also write for children, leading to a high literary quality and ensuring young readers have access to many forms of expression. 


Norwegian author and poet Håkon Øvreås.
Norwegian author and poet Håkon Øvreås
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Well-known Norwegian authors include Jostein Gaarder, whose novel Sophie’s World, has been translated into 60 languages, sold over 40 million copies worldwide, and was the bestselling fiction in the world in 1995. The books of authors Thorbjørn Egner, Anne-Cath. Vestly, and Alf Prøysen continue to have monolithic status in Norwegian children’s literature to this day. These include When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town (1955), the Twigson series (1962–2001), and the Mrs Pepperpot stories (from 1957). 


The storytelling sessions by Kristin Roskifte and Håkon Øvreås are some of the exciting literary events to look forward to at the Book Nook located at the fourth level of SM Aura Premier. SM’s Book Nook is a free library encouraging book lovers of all ages to celebrate the joy of reading and learning, and the spirit of sharing and community.