Scandinavians are great. We’re hearty and hard-working. We’re designed to withstand frigid temperatures. We bake the absolute best desserts. We have fancy letters in our alphabet and can get away with random silent J’s.
I love being Swedish and Norwegian and am proud of my Nordic heritage. If you are Scandinavian, married to a Swede/Finn/Dane/Norwegian/Icelander, or use “Uff da” successfully in a sentence, then here are some resources you might enjoy:
Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka picture books by Maj Lindman
Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr picture books by Maj Lindman
These two series of books are delightfully written and beautifully illustrated.
Annika’s Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis—A charming Christmas story with illustrations in the style of Jan Brett.
Pippi Longstocking trilogy by Astrid Lindgren—Who wouldn’t love to be the friend of Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim’s Daughter Longstocking? She’s the sassy but sweet female version of Peter Pan.
Kirsten Larson, An American Girl series by Janet Shaw—My dear Kirsten with the looped braids has been discontinued by the American Girl company, but the books are still available. My Mom read them to me when I was young.
Red River of the North series by Lauraine Snelling—The journey of Norwegian immigrants homesteading in North Dakota during the 1880s remains one of my favorite series. (And gave me unrealistic expectations for a man with “Bjorklund blue eyes.”)
Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin—Three Swedish sisters arrange to marry Wisconsin farmers but end up in bustling Chicago as maids. Another intriguing novel from my beloved Lynn.
Memoirs and Biographies:
I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson by Joy K. Lintelman
Agnes Katarina: A Swedish Girl Grows up in America by Agnes Mesenburg
Two moving and informative recountings of immigrant life in 19th and 20th century America.
Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America by Eric Dregni
In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream by Eric Dreni
Two insightful and funny accounts of this MN man’s exploration into his heritage.
Postscript: What’s your heritage? Why do you love it? If you have books, recipes, or stories, feel free to share!