• Lena Frölander-Ulf

    illustrator, writer & artist

  • Published books & plays

    For information on foreign rights, please contact literary agency Rights and Brands.

    Fidel och jag i storstan

    Muru ja minä metropolissa

    Text & ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    Fidel and me in the city The third part of the Fidel trilogy takes place in a big city, with lights everywhere, noise all around and worst of all: strangers. But not everything is what it seems...


    FEBRUARY 2021!


    Publishers: Förlaget / Teos 2021

    Work in progress:

    Rafsa Vildpäls

    Chapter book trilogy, 8+ yrs

    Chapter book trilogy in the spirit of Richard Adams' Watership Down.


    A grand tale about oppression, injustice, prejudice and about finding one's own way in life, even when you have a parent who can't live up the expectations.

    Nelson Tigertass

    Nelson Tiikeritassu

    Text & ill. Lena Frölander-Ulf

    Suom. Jaana Nikula

    Nelson Tigerpaw – An adventurous chapter book about social injustice and friendship. And about becoming as brave as one wants to be. From 6 years, for the whole family.

    Winner of the Arvid Lydecken award​ 2020. Nominated for the Nils Holgersson plaque, Finlandia Junior and Runeberg Junior.

    In German in April, 2021, WooW Books.


    Publishers: Förlaget / Teos 2019

    God Jul önskar Gromten

    Text & ill. Lena Frölander-Ulf

    A postcard-size christmas story about a green little sort of Santa's helper – a grelfer! – who specializes in finding new homes for outgrown sportsware, toys and teddybears.


    Publisher: Förlaget 2019


    Gromtens webbsida på svenska:

    (inkl. Hannas Juldagbok, 2020)

    Pappa, jag och havet

    Isä, minä ja meri

    Text & ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    Dad, me and the sea The second part of the Fidel trilogy takes place under water. A story about facing fears and learning to be oneself, no matter how shy.


    Nominated for Runeberg Junior.

    Part of the Moomin Characters Ltd Art Collection.


    Publishers: Förlaget / Teos 2018

    Kurre Snobb

    och popcornen

    Kurre Keikari ja popcornit

    Text: Sanna Tahvanainen

    Ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    Suom. Katriina Huttunen

    He was the most elegant squirrel in Holland Park, up until he found that gorgeous looking box filled with little clouds... A furry fable about addiction and decay.


    Nominated for Runeberg Junior.



    Schildts&Söderströms / KSS 2017

    Jag, Fidel och skogen

    Minä, Muru ja metsä

    Text & ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    Me, Fidel and the forest A story about facing the dark and seeing light also where there is very little of it.


    Nominated for Toisinkoinen, Finlandia Junior and Runeberg Junior.


    The scraperboard illustrations are part of the Gothenburg City Museum Art Collection.



    Schildts&Söderströms / KSS 2016

    En sann historia

    Totta toinen puoli

    Text & ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    Suom. Ilpo Tiihonen

    A True Story A book for any child who has ever met someone with many wrinkles. And for all those who have lived a life and gotten wrinkles. A story where the wild and free meets ordinary family life.


    Publisher: Schildts&Söderströms / Teos 2014

    Det är som det är,

    sa murmeln Pierre

    Text & ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    In the Dark Forest there are crooks to catch, treasures to hide, wilderness to conquer and knees that need sticking plasters. But one day, everything is somehow different. Based on a Chinese folk tale. It is what it is is available on Apple Books. (Kontrabluff, 2014)

    Adalminas Pärla

    Adalminan Helmi

    Text: Zacharias Topelius

    Ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    Suom. Asko Sahlberg

    Adalmina's Pearl A classical tale by 19th century writer Zacharias Topelius. Digital collage illustrations. (Söderströms / Teos 2011)



    Text: Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo

    Ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    Suom. Henriikka Tavi

    The darkest children's book in the history! A classical tale with b/w scraperboard illustrations. The Book of the Dark is available in App Store. (Söderströms / Teos 2009)

    Sagan om prinsessan Bulleribång

    Text: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    & Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo

    Ill: Lena Frölander-Ulf

    A princess rescues her prince from a terrifying dragon. (Söderströms, 2006)

    Kids' plays

    Plays for Teater Taimine – a professional touring theatre for kids

    Party for real”, 2021–, a play about the difficulty of finding a friend, when being a little neurotic and introvert.


    Scary for real”, 2020–, a kindergarten play loosely based on the book Jag, Fidel och skogen (Me, Fidel and the forest) from 2016. About braveness, cooperation and finding friends.


    Kissing for real”, 2018–19, a kindergarten play very loosely based on the book En sann historia (A True Story) from 2014. About love and good ol' times.

  • Illustrator at work

    Scraperboard & watercolor illustrations by Lena Frölander-Ulf

  • Social feed

    Follow Lena on instagram. Posting doings and drawings.(Right now a 24 day's Christmas story in Swedish)




    Contact & information


    Lena Frölander-Ulf is a Helsinki based writer and illustrator of children's books. Writes in Swedish (and for picture books also in Finnish). Lena has participated in numerous exhibitions — in Finland and internationally — mostly with her scraperboard illustrations. She also works as a graphic designer, specializing in illustration, posters, book covers, logos and ornaments.


    Lena blogs about work and and the Gardening of Ideas on www.kreativitetsfysik.com (in Swedish).

    Plus, she is a proud founding member of the punk-inspired lighthearted theatre group Teater Tapir. For children and the childish.


    Photo by John Grönvall


    You can reach me on Instagram, Facebook

    or call me on +358 50 339 7791 (office hours).



    Publishers Förlaget, Schildts & Söderströms

    and the Rights & Brands literary agency.

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