- Author Bio
The award-winning and beautiful story of a child coping with her father’s absence. The book tackles a difficult subject with great tenderness, validating a child’s experience of a parent suffering from depression.
“This poignant, gentle book…will be immensely helpful to anyone caring for the child of someone with major depression. It fills an important gap in literature for young children.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon (winner of the National Book Award) and Far From the Tree
Zoe’s dad isn’t home. She still sees him in photographs, laughing and playing tennis, but for now she can only visit him in a building where everyone looks sad and the walls are an ugly pink color. Some days Zoe’s dad is too sad to see her, but she goes to the hospital anyway. While waiting she meets Sabina who invites her to swim across the world. Zoe’s not sure it’s possible, but Sabina tells her, “A girl can do everything she wants.” Even though Sabina sometimes dives deep into her own thoughts, the two of them swim around the world many times that summer, until eventually Zoe’s dad is ready to come home.
The Summer of Diving is a book full of imagination and hope with a tender child’s-eye understanding of the world. Stridsberg’s story and Lundberg’s lush and colorful paintings reflect and validate a child’s feelings of loss and longing for closeness when a parent’s joy for living temporarily fades.
INTERNATIONAL HIT: the book was featured on international Best-of children’s lit lists dPictus and White Raven
AWARD-WINNING: the book was Nominated for Sweden’s premier literary award, the August Prize (author has been nominated multiple times)
ACKNOWLEDGES CHILD’S EXPERIENCE OF DAD’S MENTAL ILLNESS: Book tackles a difficult subject with great tenderness and an immense respect for young readers by reflecting *their* experience of a parent suffering depression.
ACCLAIMED ADULT WRITER: By the highly acclaimed author of The Gravity of Love and Valerie, about Valerie Solanas, which was longlisted for the MAN Booker, named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, and winner of the Nordic Council Lit Prize
This is the author’s FIRST BOOK FOR CHILDREN
READ AROUND THE WORLD: Author’s novels are translated into 25 languages
Special Sales opportunities
Marketing: Featured title at ALA
Featured title at Children’s Institute
Featured title at NCTE
Further library and academic marketing
Promotions during Nat’l Mental Health Awareness Month
Collab with NAMI and other mental health orgs
Social media promotions with kids bookstagrammers like @HelpingKidsRise during NMHAM
Publicity: Mainstream children’s review attention including New York Times Book Review, Horn Book, SLJ and others
Pitch reviews to mental health publications, site and blogs
Virtual event with Andrew Solomon re: talking to kids about mental illness, in partnership with NYPL/BPL
Interviews in publications like Motherly or HuffPost Parenting
Author event co-sponsored with Scandinavia House in New York
Q/A with Child Mind Institute
“For decades, depression has been hidden from children, but that has turned out to be bad policy. This poignant, gentle book breaks that prohibition and will be immensely helpful to anyone caring for the child of someone with major depression. It fills an important gap in literature for young children.”
—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon (winner of the National Book Award) and Far From the Tree