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Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir


Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir was born on November 24, 1963 in Reykjavík. After graduating from highschool she studied at the University of Barcelona and completed a B.A. degree in Spanish and Journalism from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1987. She also holds a diploma from the Iceland School of Tourism from 1994. Kristín Helga has worked as a tour guide, an air-hostess for Icelandair and she was a news reporter at Channel 2 and Radio-Bylgjan from 1987 – 1988. Since 1998 she has dedicated her time to writing and journalism.

Kristín Helga’s first book, Elsku besta Binna mín (My Precious Penny), was published in 1997 and since then she has published other books for children. She was awarded the Reykjavík Scholastic Prize in 2001 for the book Mói hrekkjusvín, is a five time winner of The Children’s Choice Bookprize, received The Westnordic Children’s Literature Award in 2008 and Sögusteinn, the IBBY Iceland Children’s Book Prize in 2009.

Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir is married with three children. She lives in Garðabær.

Publisher: Mál og menning.

Author photo: The Reykjavík Museum of Photography.