Leopold Suhodolčan

Leopold Suhodolčan

Leopold Suhodolčan in 1958
Born (1928-08-10)10 August 1928
Žiri, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now in Slovenia)
Died 8 February 1980(1980-02-08)
Golnik, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now in Slovenia)
Occupation writer, juvenile fiction writer, editor and teacher
Notable works Velikan in Pajac, Krojaček Hlaček, Piko Dinozaver
Notable awards Levstik Award
1965 for Velikan in Pajac
Levstik Award
1979 for Piko Dinozaver and other books'

Leopold Suhodolčan (10 August 1928 – 8 February 1980) was a Slovene writer, best known for his juvenile fiction. Together with Stanko Kotnik he was one of the conceptors of the Reading Badge of Slovenia competition that still runs today as a motivation for primary school children in reading and literacy.[1][2]

Suhodolčan was born in Žiri in 1929. He worked as a teacher and headmaster in Prevalje in Slovenian Carinthia. Though he wrote adult fiction, he is better known for his writing for young readers. His children's books have also been translated and published outside Slovenia. He died in Golnik in 1980. The Central Carinthian Library in Ravne na Koroškem has a memorial room dedicated to Suhodolčan.[3]

He won the Levstik Award twice, in 1965 for his book Velikan in Pajac (The Giant and the Clown) and in 1979 for his book Piko Dinozaver (Piko the Dinosaur) and other books.[4]

Published works

Adult Fiction

Juvenile Fiction


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