Bókabeitan was founded by Marta Hlín Magnadóttir and Birgitta Elín Hassell in 2011. Our goal is publishing quality books for all ages with an emphasis on promoting reading for children, teens and young adults.

In 2013 Bókabeitan created two sub-labels – Töfraland and Björt. Töfraland focuses solely on books for 0-6 years old and Björt on books for older teens and young adults.

In 2018 Heiða Björk Þórbergsdóttir became a part of the team.

Our books have been nominated for a number of prizes, not least of them the Nordic Children’s Literature Prize for Vinur minn, vindurinn (My friend, the wind) in 2015, Koparborgin (The City of Bronze) in 2016 and the latest Úlfur og Edda: Dýrgripurinn in 2017.

For more information on our Icelandic titles please contact birgitta@bokabeitan.is. You can also view our catalogue:


Bókabeitan has had a successful partnership with many of the leading publishers worldwide and provided Icelandic youth with high quality books from all over the world. All of them translated by expert translators.
Many of the titles have been nominated and awarded for translations – for example All the bright places, Eleanor & Park, Divergent series, When the Crayons quit and Sisters Grimm.