Animals have been an important of my life ever since I was a child: I’ve been lucky to share my home with dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, parakeets, lovebirds, and a cockatiel (though the cats and birds haven’t been in the house at the same time!). I’ve also been equally fond of animal stories for as long as I can remember, and Charlotte’s Web, Where the Red Fern Grows, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are among my favorite books. Like my animal friends, I associate these stories with comfort and home. When I don’t have my nose in a book, I love spending time outdoors with my family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and now enjoy watching birds in their natural habitat just outside my window. ––Mia Spangenberg
Mia Spangenberg translates from Finnish, German, and Swedish into English. Her work has been published in Finland and the UK, and appeared in journals such as LitHub and Asymptote. She is particularly passionate about children’s literature and a regular contributor to the WorldKidLit blog. Mia holds a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she resides with her family. (Photo credit: Jim Bennett)
- Read reviews by Mia Spangenberg in School Library Journal and on the WorldKidLit blog.
- Read her translation of “Small Crescendos” by Pirkko Saisio for Asymptote.