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Juhani Püttsepp

Biography



Juhani Püttsepp (1964) was born to a family of doctors in Tartu. He graduated from a special physics- and mathematics focus class at Tartu Middle School Nr. 1, acquired a degree in biology from the University of Tartu, and worked as a plant expert at the Institute of Zoology and Botany as well as at the University of Tartu. Püttsepp has directed the Tartu Children’s Theatre and edited newspapers Maaülikool and Roheline Värav and magazines Eesti Loodus and Loodusesõber. He has also been a journalist for Estonian newspapers Postimees and Eesti Ekspress. Additionally, he has made documentary films and composed summary books (such as Tartu Ülikool 375). Püttsepp has been Director of the Estonian University of Life Sciences’ School of Natural Sciences since 2004. He has five children.

Püttsepp has written works of popular-science and storybooks for children of many ages, although a number of his works can be classified as “books for the whole family” in the very best sense (Madonna the Board, Rooms Full of Dolls’ Stories, 49 Years Old, The Man Who Touched a Moose, etc.). His most treasured topics include nature, human attitudes towards the environment, the endurance of (local) culture, and the progression of generations. The author’s unique style weaves reality with fairy tale, and he always treats his characters with empathy.

Profile photo: Dmitri Kotjuh

 

Рассказ о дубке

Illustrator: Jarõna Ilo
Translator: Kether Translations
Tähtvere Avatud Naistekeskus
2015, 48 pp
ISBN: 9789949385164
fiction, storybook

2021

The White Raven (The Moon is Like a Golden Boat)

2020

Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (The Moon is Like a Golden Boat)
Good Children's Book (The Moon is Like a Golden Boat)
Raisin of the Year Award (The Moon is Like a Golden Boat)

2019

Children’s Story Competition “My First Book”, 3rd place (The Moon is Like a Golden Boat)

2017

Clear Message Award (I Am My Own)

2016

IBBY Honour List (The Society of Gibraltar Ship Dogs)
Nominee of the Tartu Prize for Children’s Literature (Childhood Prize) (The Society of Gibraltar Ship Dogs)
Good Children’s Book (The Black Birds)

2015

Nominee of the Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (The Society of Gibraltar Ship Dogs)
Good Children’s Book (The Society of Gibraltar Ship Dogs)
Nominee of the Tartu Prize for Children’s Literature (Childhood Prize) (Sliding Stories)

2014

Children’s Story Competition “My First Book”, 1st place (The Society of Gibraltar Ship Dogs)

2008

The Knee-High Book Competition, 1st-2nd place (Stories of a Small Wolf)