Erik Christian Haugaard was born April 23rd in Frederiksberg, Denmark. When the Nazis invaded his homeland in 1940, he fled to the United States. During World War II, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
His first book for young adults, Hakon of Rogen’s Saga, was set during the time of the Vikings—it received an ALA Notable Book award. The Little Fishes received several awards, including the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, 1967, the Jane Addams Award, 1968, and the Danish Cultural Minister’s Prize, 1970.
In 1978, his translation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy Tales and Stories was published to critical acclaim for its faithfulness to Andersen’s original stories.