There are a great many illustrations that are strongly linked to the works of Astrid Lindgren – from film stills to various book illustrations. The rights to some of these are held by The Astrid Lindgren Company, such as for example Ingrid Vang Nyman’s illustrations, but the greater majority are owned by others. Nonetheless, we would be more than happy to answer questions about any of these illustrations.

Text and illustrations belong together

Almost all of Astrid Lindgren’s books have been illustrated in one way or another – textbooks in b/w and picture books in colour. For many Swedes, the characters are very much associated with the original illustrations. They know the Pippi Longstocking drawn by Ingrid Vang Nyman as the true character. Emil has to look like the boy created by illustrator Björn Berg and Karlsson-on-the-roof is the diminutive, perfectly plump man in blue pants and check shirt that Ilon Wikland drew.

Many of the original illustrations have been included in non-Swedish publications, but in many other cases the publishers abroad have commissioned new illustrators to add their interpretations to the works. At The Astrid Lindgren Company, we actively promote that overseas publishers use the original illustrations.

Who should you contact concerning copyright issues?

The Astrid Lindgren Company owns the financial rights to all Ingrid Vang Nyman’s works. The books she illustrated include the ones about Pippi Longstocking, Benda Brave and the Bullerby Children. All the illustrations in the books about Emil are the works of Björn Berg, the rights to which are held by Bildmakarna Berg AB. Ilon Wikland has illustrated a number of the remaining books, including Madicken (Mardie/Mischievous Meg), Karlsson-on-the-roof, the Bullerby Children, the Brothers Lionheart, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, Mio my Son, The Children on Troublemaker Street and several more.

To read more about other illustrators of Astrid Lindgren’s books, visit the official Astrid Lindgren website.

Where are the illustrations used, other than in books?

There are many who would like to have permission to use illustrations from the books in their news articles, theatre productions or other exhibitions. Where there is a natural connection to Astrid’s works from the context in which the illustrations will be used, we are almost always positive towards their use. When the request relates to the works of anyone other than Ingrid Vang Nyman, you will need to approach the owner to the rights of the illustration(s) in question. The fees for usage depend on a variety of factors, such as the size of the image, the media and publication used as well as its circulation and must be determined in each specific case.

Sometimes we must say no

We don’t want any images of Astrid Lindgren’s characters being used in contexts having no connection with her original intentions. Examples of such contexts might be news articles on other subjects, or the marketing of products or events that have nothing to do with her works. Neither do we want to see new versions created of the existing, and so much appreciated illustrations.

Contact information

The Astrid Lindgren Company:
For illustrations by Björn Berg contact Bildmakarna Berg:
For illustrations by Ilon Wikland: