• Lena Frölander-Ulf

    illustrator, writer & artist

  • Published books & plays

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

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    Rafsa Vildpäls

    Chapter book, 8+ yrs

    Rafsa is a willful marmot girl who life on her beloved stone field in the forest. When she gets to know the viper Ziczac, she realises her world is about to change.


    Part one of a 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.


    Nominated for Runeberg Junior.


    Publishers: Förlaget / Teos 2023

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    Rafsa Rotlös

    Chapter book, 8+ yrs

    Rafsa and her friends have escaped to the forest. They have to find Rafsa's father, for he is the biggest marmot ever known and the only one who can save their home.


    Part two of a chapter book trilogy – A grand tale about oppression, injustice, prejudice and about finding one's own way in life.


    Coming in January 2024!


    Publishers: Förlaget / Teos 2024

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    Rafsa Stentramp

    Chapter book, 8+ yrs

    The Great Marmot Plan is to rescue all the animals held captive, fight the biggest and baddest snakes ever known and take back the stone field. What could go wrong?


    Part three of a chapter book trilogy – A grand tale about oppression, injustice, prejudice and about finding one's own way in life.


    To be published in September 2024! 

    Publishers: Förlaget / Teos 2023

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    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...


    Nominated for Runeberg Junior.


    Publishers: Förlaget / Teos 2021

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    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

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    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

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    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.


    Publishers: Förlaget / Teos 2019

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    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)

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    Kids' plays

    Plays for Teater Taimine – a professional touring theatre for kids

    Party for real”, 2021–, a play about standing one´s ground when being a shy 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.

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    Older books

    Sagan om prinsessan Bulleribång – A princess rescues her prince from a terrifying dragon. Text: LFU together with Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo (Söderströms, 2006)


    En sann historia 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.


    Det är som det är, sa murmeln Pierre – 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)



    Publisher: Schildts&Söderströms / Teos  2014

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    Books with other authors

    Adalminas Pärla A classical tale by 19th century writer Zacharias Topelius. Digital collage illustrations. (Söderströms / Teos 2011)


    Mörkerboken – The darkest children's book in the history! Text by Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo. A classical tale with b/w scraperboard illustrations. (Söderströms / Teos 2009)


    Kurre Snobb och popcornen – A furry fable about addiction and decay. Text by Sanna Tahvanainen. Nominated for Runeberg Junior. (Schildts&Söderströms / KSS 2017)

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    Scraperboard & watercolor illustrations by Lena Frölander-Ulf

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    Contact & information


    Lena Frölander-Ulf (b. 1976) is a Helsinki based writer and illustrator of children's books.

    Writes in Swedish and sometimes in Finnish. Lena has participated in numerous exhibitions — in Finland and internationally — mostly with her scraperboard illustrations.


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

    She is a proud founding member of the punk-inspired lighthearted theatre group Teater Tapir.

    Plus, she also plays ukulele and 5-string banjo.


    Photo by John Grönvall



    You can also 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.

    För workshoppar och författarbesök i Finland,

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