David Sundin

David Sundin (b. 1976) is a Swedish comedian, screenwriter, actor and television show host, not to mention a silver medalist in the Swedish Championship in Puns. Having thoroughly charmed the grown populace of Sweden, Sundin finally set out to entertain the pickiest audience of all: kids. In 2020, he made his children’s books debut with The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read. This unruly, mischievous and utterly entertaining book became the most sold children’s title of 2020.


Shortlisted for the Adlibris Award (Children’s Book of the Year, Ages 0-6) Sweden – Nu måste man faktiskt vara TYST! You Must Be QUIET Now! 2023
Swedish Bookseller's Award (Children's book of the year) Sweden – Boken som inte ville bli läst The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read 2021
Adlibris Award (Best Children’s, Ages 0-6) Sweden – Boken som inte ville bli läst The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read 2020
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Children’s) Sweden 2020
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The Swedish Storytel Awards 2024

The shortlists for the Swedish Storytel Awards of 2024 are now available and open for the public’s vote.

Among those competing for the title of best Suspense title are Hjorth & Rosenfeldt with The Guilt You Carry, and Jo Nesbø with Killing Moon. In the Feelgood category Simona Ahrnstedt vies for the top spot with An Unthinkable Fate. Lastly, the Children’s category sees Martin Widmark and The Dinosaur Mystery face up against among else David Sundin‘s The Audiobook That Did Not Want To End – Part 4, from the same universe as The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read.

The Adlibris Awards 2023

The nominees for the 2023 Adlibris Awards have been announced. Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and the award was founded in 2019 to celebrate the site’s biggest titles. The nominated works have been selected by a jury of Adlibris employees, but the winners will be voted forth by the public. The winning titles will be announced on January 25, 2024.

In the category “Fiction of the Year,” Niklas Natt och Dag competes with Hope and Destiny.

In “Children’s Book of the Year, Ages 0-6,” Sarah Sheppard and David Sundin have both received a nomination. Sheppard for her Animals of the City, and Sundin for his You Must Be QUIET Now!.

Lastly, in the category “Children’s Book of the Year, Ages 6-12,” Martin Widmark vies for the winning title with The Dinosaur Mystery.

‘You Must Be QUIET Now!’ published in Sweden

You must be quiet now! Promise. No messing around or horseplay. If you’re going to read this book you have to be totally….utterly….quiet. Yes, zip it, because here comes another hilarious picture book by a funny little man called David Sundin.

Just like in his previous children’s books (that did not want to be read) this one too invites to mischief, conversations and silly antics between reader and listener. After all, it’s not always easy to be quiet while you read a book where baby chicks are chirping super loudly and your index fingers are just itching to play the drums: TUM! BONG! CRISH!

Adlibris most sold books in Sweden 2000-2021

Adlibris, the leading online book retailer in the Nordics, has published a list of its 15 most sold books in Sweden of the last 20 years. Featured on the list are Anders Hansen’s The Real Happy Pill, David Sundin’s The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrongeach performing a remarkable feat on the Swedish book market.

Adlibris has also revealed statistics of the best-selling books per year, where Liza Marklund’s Red Wolf and Last Will became the most sold titles in 2003 and 2006 respectively, Lars Kepler’s The Hypnotist the most sold title in 2009, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman the best-selling title of 2013 and Anders Hansen’s The Real Happy Pill the most sold title in 2019.

‘The Book That ABSOLUTELY Did Not Want To Be Read’ No. 1 in Sweden

David Sundin’s The Book That ABSOLUTELY Did Not Want To Be Read shoots to No. 1 on the official bestseller lists for children’s books in Sweden. The title is the third book in Sundin’s suite of troublemaker books determined to escape their reader.

‘The Book That ABSOLUTELY Did Not Want To Be Read’ published in Sweden

Keep your paws off this book! It ABSOLUTELY does not want to be read and will give off electric shocks, flip its text up-side-down and wrestle with you to ensure you’ll put it down. Filled to the brim with even more read-out-loud amusement in the same style as in its beloved predecessors, it comes with an infinite amount of laughs guaranteed. An ode to the written word, the book and the collective reading experience. This book once again forces the reader to make a fool of themselves, adapt a deep frown and perhaps even do something as challenging as to say something kind to someone. It will be cumbersome, messy and…truly, utterly hilarious!


New title: ’Magic Spells & Incantations for Everyday Matters’ by David Sundin

Magic has been around since the beginning of time, but nowadays we don’t have to fight demons and dragons and are faced with different kinds of challenges. Here is a book full of spells and incantations for everyday matters – for our times. So that you can get help with things such as making disgusting food taste of sweets, improve your wifi, get a lie in and making someone aware of that you like them. An imaginative book with funny and ingenious chants that also allows for reflection on the problems one may have in life.

But…perhaps this book is also filled to the brim with magical clues and secret codes – that together forms the key to access an epic adventure? Who reads will see.

For his new groundbreaking title, Magic Spells & Incantations for Everyday Matters, Sundin has poured his innovativeness, humour and a heartfelt message into the cauldron and brewed up a thrilling concoction for  children aged 6+. It has seen friends and families all over the country join together in the race to solve its captivating escape room-like mystery.

The Storytel Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for the Swedish 2021 Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed since 2007 in Sweden to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s As You Sow, Jens Lapidus’ The No-Go Zone, Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s A House to Die For, Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle, and Anders Roslund’s Trust Me.

The nominees within the fiction category includes Fredrik Backman’s The Winners and Jonas Gardell’s A Happier Year, and Simona Ahrnstedt’s The Queen of the Night is featured on the Feelgood list.

Meanwhile, Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues and Måns Mosesson’s Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii features on the Non-fiction list, and David Sundin’s audiobook The Audiobook That Did Not Want To End – Part 2, from the same universe as The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, is in the running for the Children’s books’ award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works until February 9, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

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David Sundin winner of the 2021 Adlibris Award

The winners of the Swedish Adlibris Awards of 2021 have just been announced and David Sundin’s hit children’s title The Book That Really Did Not Want To Be Read has been crowned as the ‘Children’s Book of The Year’ for ages 0-6.
Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and the nominated titles were selected by a jury of Adlibris employees from all works published throughout 2021. The readers were then able to elect their favourites.


The official Swedish bestseller lists for 2021

The official bestseller lists for 2021 in Sweden have been announced and the hardcover fiction list sees Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 at No. 2. This bestselling final part of Natt och Dag’s Bellman noir trilogy also appears at No. 5 on the e-book list, together with Liza Marklund’s acclaimed first installment in her highly anticipated new trilogy, The Polar Circle at No. 4.

Måns Mosesson’s intimate portrayal of Tim Bergling, Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii, grabs the No. 5 spot on the hardcover non-fiction list.

David Sundin’s children’s book debut and instant bestseller, The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, comes in at No. 3 on the children’s list.

The paperback list sees Storm Watch, the first installment in the immensely popular August Strindberg series by Kristina Ohlsson, come in at No. 2 and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s beloved and moving non-fiction work, I May Be Wrong, at No. 5.

I May Be Wrong also claims the No. 2 spot on the audio list.

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