Kairi Look

Children’s literature

Kairi Look (born 19 April 1983) is a children’s writer and author of short prose.

Look was born in Tallinn. She graduated from the University of Tartu as a BSc in physiotherapy in 2005 and from the University of Amsterdam as an MSc in children’s rehabilitation in 2008. She has upgraded her qualifications in the same speciality in Finland and at Ghent University in Belgium. In 2014, she completed a course of creative writing at Drakadeemia (a private school in Tallinn specializing on theatre-specific creative writing and other theatre-related subjects) and, in 2015, stayed at the Cité internationale des arts creative residency in Paris. She has been a member of the Estonian Writers’ Union from 2015.

Look’s first book for children appeared in 2012. Her stories for children are published in the magazines Täheke, Hea Laps and Pere ja Kodu. The author appreciates beautiful language and finds that the road to great literature goes through reading of children’s books.

Look has published nearly ten books for children, and they have been translated into German, French, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Russian. Kairi Look has translated two children’s books from Dutch into Estonian.

Kairi Look has also written short stories for adults; they have been published in the journal Looming.  In 2018, Look won the annual prize of the journal Looming for her short story Relaps.

L. P. (Translated by I. A.)


Books in Estonian

Children’s books
Leemuripoeg Ville teeb sääred. Tallinn: Tänapäev, 2012. 161 lk.
Lennujaama lutikad ei anna alla. Tallinn: Tänapäev, 2014. 207 lk.
Peeter, sõpradele Peetrike. Tallinn: Tänapäev, 2014. 57 lk.
Piia Präänik kolib sisse. Tallinn: Tänapäev, 2015. 103 lk.
Härra Klaasi pöörane muuseum. Tallinn: Evera, 2016. 71 lk.
Sasipäiste printsesside saar. Tallinn: Päike ja Pilv, 2016. 28 lk.
Piia Präänik ja bandiidid. Tallinn: Tänapäev, 2019. 142 lk.
Piia Präänik ja sõnasööbik. Tallinn: Koolibri, 2021. 119 lk.