Books from childhood can have a lasting impact. And so too can introducing young children to concepts in science. Here to show how a thoughtful writer can galvanise young folk is Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, who sold over 160 million copies of her books with translations into 58 languages. Her character Pippi Longstocking became the most famous character in Swedish children’s literature. The reading from Pippi in the South Seas, is by Suzette Williams. The reading and interview with Astrid Lindgren were first broadcast on The Science Show in April 1991. Astrid Lindgren died in January 2002.