Nina Mav Hrovat

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Photo: Miha Kolenc

Nina Mav Hrovat

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After finishing at the Secondary Pre-School Education School, Ljubljana, due to her desire to deepen her knowledge of developmental psychology and pedagogics, Nina continued her studies in that direction. She started by concluding her studies in pre-school education (in 1997) in a higher education programme at the Faculty of Education, and continued by acquiring a higher professional education in 2001 by graduating as a pre-school educator. In 2014, she concluded her Master’s studies in pre-school education and has remained employed, from 1997 to the present, at the Domžale Day Care Centre, where she started out as an educator and became the Deputy Principal in 2010. In 2015, she received the professional title of counsellor and has also published several professional articles and acts as a lecturer for parents and expert assistants.

As one of the founding members of the Mlin Radomlje Cultural Society (Kulturno društvo Mlin Radomlje) she has undertaken many roles – including acting, playwriting, directing and, from 2013–2017, as the society president. For several years, she headed the fairy-tale reading sessions at the Domžale Library, and it is her work with children and interest in fairy-tales that led her to her first authorial work. This was published in 2001 in the Ciciban and Cicido magazines, with some also in the Trobentica magazine. Some of her work was published as picture books, and her debut fairy-tale The King Who Hated Tidying Up (O kralju, ki ni maral pospravljati) received an award for the most original Slovenian picture book in 2009. In 2013, The Mouse that Gathered Courage (O miški, ki je zbirala pogum) fairy-tale was nominated for the Kristina Benkova Award, and in 2019 The Mouse Finds New Friends (Miška želi prijatelja) fairy tale was nominated for the Desetnica Award.

She collaborates as part of the Bralnice pod Slamnikom Youth Literary Festival and the Slovenian Reading Badge Society (Bralna značka Slovenije), together with other projects in various day-care centres and schools of Slovenia. In 2016, she became a member of the Slovene Writers’ Association (Društvo slovenskih pisateljev).

Literature:

  • 2008, 2010 The King Who Hated Tidying Up [O kralju, ki ni maral pospravljati], Mladinska Knjiga Publishing House
  • 2010 Orientazies: On to the Murderer [Orientacisti: na sledi morilcu], Miš Publishing House [Miš založba]
  • 2011 Messy the Elf! [Neredko! ], Mladinska Knjiga Publishing House
  • 2012 The Mouse that Gathered Courage [O miški, ki je zbirala pogum], Mladinska Knjiga Publishing House
  • 2015 Orientazies: Outrunning Cops [Orientacisti: tekma s kifeljci], Miš Publishing House [Miš založba]
  • 2016 Beaver the Footballer [Bober nogometaš], Domžale Football Club [NK Domžale]
  • 2016 The Mouse Finds New Friends [Miška želi prijatelja], Miš Publishing House [Miš založba]
  • 2017 Simon the Bug Spreads Joy [Hrošček Simon širi zadovoljstvo], Miš Publishing House [Miš založba]
  • 2019 Don’t Think About the Elephant! [Ne misli na slona! ], Miš Publishing House [Miš založba]
  • 2019 One, Two, Three – Elephant! [En, dva, tri – slon! ], Miš Publishing House [Miš založba]
  • 2020 Listen Up, Here Comes the Badger! [Posluh, jazbec gre! ], Miš Publishing House [Miš založba]
  • 2020 A Question for Grandma [Vprašanje za babico ], Miš Publishing House [Miš založba]

Translations:

  • 2015 La Ratoncita que queria ser Valiente, Unaluna
  • 2016 Miška želi prijatelja/Minushja dëshiron miq; The Mouse Finds New Friends; Mišić želi prijatelja; Gluvčeto bara drugar (translation into Albanian, English, Bosnian, Macedonian), Miš založba
  • 2016 Beaver the Footballer/Beaver the Footballer (translation into English), Domžale Football Club [NK Domžale]
  • 2017 收集勇氣的小老鼠 [The Mouse that Gathered Courage/O miški, ki je zbirala pogum], Paisha Agency, Taiwan
  • 2017 收集勇氣的小老鼠 [The Mouse that Gathered Courage/O miški, ki je zbirala pogum], Gaogao Sky, Chinese
  • 2018 收集勇氣的小老鼠 [The Mouse that Gathered Courage/O miški, ki je zbirala pogum], Complex Chinese edition, worldwide (including Hong Kong, Macao)
  • 2020 Jak myška hledala kamarády fThe Mouse Finds New Friends/Miška želi prijatelja], Albatros Media, Czech Republic

Awards and Nominations:

  • 2009 The Original Slovenian Picture Book Award for The King Who Hated Tidying Up picture book
  • 2013 Kristina Brenkova Award nomination in 2013 for The Mouse that Gathered Courage picture book
  • 2019 Desetnica Award nomination for The Mouse Finds New Friends picture book