Selemonas Paltanavičius (b. 1956 in Marijampolė District) is a writer. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Vilnius University. In 1984 he began working as a forest ranger in the Žuvintas nature preserve. Currently he works at the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Lithuania. He joined the Lithuanian Writers’ Union in 1991.

While in his seventh grade already he wrote a book of stories about nature. After studying Biology at Vilnius University for several years, he handed his manuscript to the publisher, Vaga. And that is how his first book, Stories of the Green Forest (1978) was published. A few years later he published Why the Jays Sing. Later he published a collection of stories about children and nature. He has now published over 20 books with a variety of publishers. Besides his body of work in nature writing, he has now written a few literary works for children, among them It’s us, the Mice! and The Devil and the Skylark and Leonard the Leopard.

In 2006 his book The Devil and the Skylark was selected as the best book for children at the Annual Book Elections. That same year the Lithuanian Section of IBBY awarded him a special prize for his use of folk themes in his writing.

Selected bibliography

Žalio miško istorijos (Stories of the Green Forest): [short stories] Vilnius: Vaga, 1978.

Medis užauga didelis (A Tree Grows Tall): [short stories] Vilnius: Vyturys, 1985.

Ir aš turiu saulutę (And I have the Sun): [fairy-tales] Vilnius: Vyturys, 1987.

Aš esu upelė (I am a Brook) Vilnius: Vyturys, 1994.

Vabzdžių karalius (The Insect King): [fairy-tale] Vilnius: Asveja, 1995.

Mūsų draugai pingvinai (Our Friends the Penguins) Vilnius: Asveja, 1996.

Tai mes, pelės! (It’s us, the Mice!): [short story] Vilnius: Lithuanian Writers’ Union Publishers, 2004.

Velniukas ir vieversiukas (The Devil and the Skylark): [fairy-tale] Vilnius: Žara, 2005; 2nd 2007.

Didvyrio kalnas (The Hero’s Hill): [fairy-tale] Vilnius: Žara, 2005.

Neringa, Vilnius: Versus aureus, 2007.

Geri darbai gamtai (Good Works for Nature). Kaunas: Šviesa, 2007.

Lietuvos nacionaliniai parkai (Lithuania’s National Parks): [short texts about Lithuania] Kaunas: Šviesa, 2007.

Leopardas Leonardas (Leonard the Leopard): [short story] Vilnius: Žara, 2008.

Aš – lietuvis (I Am Lithuanian): [educational], Kaunas: Terra publica, 2009.

Gandro Jono pasaulis (Jonas the Stork’s World): [tale], Kaunas: Terra publica, 2009.

Kur išskrido pasakėlė (Where did the Tale Fly?): [tales], Vilnius: Gimtasis žodis, 2009.

Labas, kaip gyveni? (Hello, How Are You?): [14 letters from the woods], Vilnius: Nieko rimto, 2010.

Apie vilką (About the Wolf): [educational], Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 2010.