Share literary love with a great book in Svovel, located in Grünerløkka in the capital of Norway at a walkable distance from the public Deichman library. This is a place to share your love of reading with young ones – and where design is a crucial part of the storytelling process. Read more about the children only bookstore in Oslo – a literary lighthouse.
Shopkeeper Trine Louise Ween tells us that Svovel was established in 2006 as a pure illustration and design agency by Tora Marie Norberg and Anders Nederhoed. A year later Ellen Renberg joined them, and she is the owner today. In 2012, the book illustrators and designers decided to expand their business to not only illustrate and design books but also sell them.
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Full of handpicked, beautifully illustrated books
This independent specialized bookstore for kids only is full of handpicked, beautifully illustrated volumes filled with fantastic stories and creatures.
Do you remember what it’s like to read a book as a child? We are in a golden age of children’s literature, and this love is felt most intensely in Svovel children only bookstore. The book selection focuses on some specialty publishers, so don’t come with a specific book in mind. Rather, let the knowledgeable shopkeeper pick something perfect for you.
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Surprise your kids with a new bedtime story
The selection consists of books the owners like, some they have illustrated or designed themselves – as well as soft toys and equipment for toddlers produced by people in the neighborhood. “We select books based on quality,” says Trine Louise. We urge you to go and peek inside. Maybe you can surprise your kids with a new bedtime story, or maybe you are just looking for a beautiful high-quality gift.
If anyone can keep your kids busy for a few hours, this is a passionate (and patient) children’s bookseller.
Why did the owners chose the name Svovel, which means sulfur in English? Trine Louise tells me that the owners wanted a short name, a good available domain name which also was suitable for a logo design.
The Children Only Bookstore in Oslo – A Literary Lighthouse, written by Tor Kjolberg
All images (except portrait of Ellen Renberg) © Daily Scandinavian / Tor Kjolberg