Posts Tagged ‘Yule Lads’

I have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds needed to hire an illustrator to illustrate “The Lost Yule Lads”. The Lost Lads have been around a long time but I can’t find any images of them, so we are starting at the very beginning. As I did with “The Icelandic Yule Lads”, I will be doing book signings for charity around the holidays. I’ll include a link, please spread the word, Thanks



I am soon embarking on a book signing tour for charity, charities local to each stop. I’m trying to raise money to increase the amount of stops I can make. Please check out my Go Fund Me….Thanks !

The illustrator of my Yule Lads book, Danya Esposito, has had an article about her written by a prominent newspaper here in Florida, here is the link:–to-illustrate-children-s-books

The Icelandic Yule Lads is now available. With text by Ken Barr, these lads are brought to life beautifully by Danya Esposito, they are soon to be a holiday classic !!     Available on Amazon and Kindle…

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The illustrated version of “The Icelandic Yule Lads” is now available on Kindle. If you don’t own a Kindle, they have a free app so you can read on any device. Here is the description from Amazon…

The Yule Lads have been around for many years, their story unchanged. They are a major part of the holiday season in Iceland. What I have done here is to reinterpret them, through the eyes of an outsider, and to modernize them, just a little. With my original text polished by Editor Jose M. Tirado, the Yule Lads are brought to life with all new, all original illustrations by Danya Esposito. Soon to be a holiday classic…

The cover to the latest Yule Lads Book

The cover to the latest Yule Lads Book

Here is a Christmas present for everyone I know. Starting tomorrow, and going straight through to Christmas Eve, I am making the Kindle edition of my book, “Jólasveinarnir: The Yule Lads and Their Family” available free. Please check out this soon to be classic Icelandic Tale written by me and make it part of your holiday. Remember, free from December 20 – 24. Tell your friends and family !!

Yule Man

The newspaper Lögberg-Heimskringla has reviewed my Yule Lads book, they can be found at :

My book Jólasveinarnir: The Yule Lads and Their Family has recently been the subject of an article in Iceland Magazine, here is the link:
Yule Man

My new book, “Jólasveinarnir: The Yule Lads and Their Family” Is now available on Kindle and Amazon, worldwide. Here is the description from Amazon:


The Yule Lads have been around for many years, their story unchanged. They are a major part of the holiday season in Iceland. What I have done here is to reinterpret them, through the eyes of an outsider, and to modernize them, just a little. I have also included other members of their family that have not had much written about them, namely Grýla and the Yule Cat. I have actually given the Yule Cat a name. I have also found twelve “lost” Yule Lads and I couldn’t find anything written about them except their names, so I have created identities for each. It’s my hope to keep these characters and stories alive long after I am gone.


Here is the link to check out the book:


Book Cover

Book Cover


The Yule Lads

The Yule Lads

Recently I wrote a story on Iceland’s “Yule Lads”, and it was very well received. As I truly love the culture and stories of Iceland I have done a lot of reading on it. Besides the Yule Lads, there are other holiday characters that I have found, but suprisingly, there hasn’t been much written in English. I have taken two characters, Gry’la and The Yule Cat, and have written a few short lines for each. My goal being to write about all the Icelandic characters I can find and put them all in one book. If you have any stories like these I would love to hear them. I have even gone out on a limb and given the Yule Cat a name, I’m hoping that’s OK, we’ll see. I can be reached at

Here they are :


From a time that was so long ago,

She comes from high in her icy cave,

To frighten all of the boys and girls,

And take home the ones that misbehave.


She is known far and wide as Grýla,

And once in her home, like it or not,

You will become part of her dinner,

An ingredient in her stew pot.


She and her sons the thirteen Yule lads,

So many don’t believe they are real,

But if you don’t mind both your parents,

They will have you for their winter meal.


So if you see Grýla approaching,

Be sure to be good and act your best,

‘Cause if you don’t you may find yourself,

Cooking in her cauldron with the rest.


 Ken Barr


The Yule Cat

When the Christmas holiday draws near,

She will find you, wherever you are,

She is the Yule Cat known as Úlfa,

And she comes searching both near and far.


She prowls the streets looking for children,

That didn’t get new holiday clothing,

And when she finds these poor little waifs,

She begins her holiday feasting.


Úlfa will eat all the little ones,

That did not get clothes for a present,

Searching all the towns and villages,

Finding them no matter where they went.


So when next December comes around,

Tell your family every day,

That you would like a sweater or socks,

Some new clothing for your holiday.


Ken Barr