Read all about them! Children’s authors in Poland
The married power-couple of Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski are behind a string of internationally successful books which have now been published in 43 languages with a total of 197 foreign language publications.
The distinctive artistic style and informative nature of their colourful books has made them popular with children and parents alike. The ‘Maps’ series of books which has over 30 international versions has even been expanded into jigsaw puzzles.
Daniel Mizielinski told TFN: “We are mainly focusing on books now, we just published two new books last year and they both took about three years to create.”
The couple are also behind a ‘series of non-fiction books showcasing interesting examples from various disciplines of art and design,’ called S.E.R.I.E.S. they include books covering art, house or home design, music and design.
Another popular author and illustrator is Tomasz Samojlik who combines his work as a scientific researcher at the Mammal Research Institute for the Polish academy of Sciences in Białowieża.
Białowieża Primeval Forest is one of the oldest natural habitats in the world and is home to the icon Polish bison.
Samojlik told TFN: “After work, I use my scientific experience to draw comics, write and draw graphic novels, as well as books for children about every aspect of nature surrounding us.”
His book ‘O rety! Nature’ has been published in Chinese, Korean, Czech, Slovakian and Russian, while his series about a bison, Żubr Pompik, has been made into a cartoon series with English subtitles.
Following the success of the Netflix adaption of the Witcher novels Samojlik produced a book aimed at making the story accessible to children.
His latest publication, which will be published on April 14th, is a collaboration with artist Anna Grzyb, telling the story of a family of badgers called ‘Tarmosia’.
Samojlik told TFN: “As usual, I try to combine as much biological and ecological information as possible with compelling story, this time centred around a badgers den.
“They have been using this den for generations and treat as their home but one day some other animals move into unused corridors of the den, which the badgers are not eager to share with anyone.
“Of course, as in such stories, in time the badgers will get a taste of their own medicine, when the entire family is forced to flee from their den.”
Anita Głowińska is the author of the wildly successful Kicia Kocia series of books which follows the adventures of a cute cat and her friends.
The Gdańsk writer admitted she fell into children’s books out of necessity rather than design. She said: “For a long time I was convinced that being a mum was not in my character. However, ever since I had children, first a daughter then a son, I have been crazy about them.
“One of the manifestations of this madness was filling the home with children's literature. I started browsing bookstores and buying books. More and more books and even more… Finally, both for the children and me, it was not enough, so I started creating myself. I started writing and illustrating.”
The Kicia Kocia series now includes over 50 books and it is not the only creation of Głowińska who has also created a series called ‘two year old draws’ which helps young children draw simple objects and another series aimed at older children following the adventures of three friends Zizi, Kapsel and Maks.
Whatever the age of the child or their preference for knowledge or adventure, Polish literature has many options to entertain on World Children’s Book Day.