Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson was born on November 14:th. The family lived on the farm NÄS, near Vimmerby, Småland. Astrid is second child of Samuel August Ericsson and his wife Hanna, born Jonsson.




Astrid’s brother and sisters:

Gunnar 1906

Stina 1911

Ingegerd 1916

Her childhood was safe. Two parents that made their children feel secure and loved. Samuel August and Hanna in Hult first met when he was thirteen years old. By then Hanna was only nine years old. Samuel fell instantly for Hanna. Their mutual love would become lifelong.


17 years later they got married. Samuel August was now a farmer, and Hanna a farmers wife though she wished to study to become a teacher.

On the 27:th of July 1906, one year after their wedding the first child was born, Gunnar. And 1907 came as earlier described their firstborn daughter, Astrid.



On March the 1:st Astrid gets a baby sister, Stina. Hanna’s and Samuel Augusts third child.

Astrid gets her first book

Snow white Children Christmas Calendar (Snövit Barnens Julkalender)

“When I was a child books were very rare, you received one once a year. And the first book I ever got was called “Snow white Children Christmas Calendar 1911”. It was the little Snow White on the cover by Jenny Nyström, and she had long black hair and a little red cap. And I thought it was something so wonderful and beautiful. And when you opened the book there was so beautiful stories, at least I thought so. I had that book, and by the end I memorized all of it.



On the 7:th of August Astrid begins attending school in Vimmerby. Näs receives electricity for the first time.



On march the 15:th Astrid gets yet another baby sister. Her name is Ingegerd.



Suddenly one day, to grown up for play.

“I remember how horrible it was when we realized that you couldn’t play anymore. I remember it so clearly. The minister’s granddaughter we always played with as she came to Näs during holidays. But one summer day as she came and we would start playing like we always did, we discovered that we just couldn’t play anymore. It just didn’t work. It felt silly and unfortunate, cause what were we supposed to do when we couldn’t play? We were around twelve or thirteen then and the childhood ended there.”


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Excerpt from the Swedish book “Astrid Lindgren – en levnadsteckning” by Margareta Strömstedt.

(Freely “Astrid Lindgren – a biography” by Margareta Strömstedt.)


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This entire text is translated by Daniel Grahm


The Swedish text references are: "www.Astrid" and "Astrid Lindgren a biography" by M. Strömstedt

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