Erika Bartos, who originally graduated as an architect became a storyteller after the birth of her children. First of all she was only telling stories to her children; later on to the encouragement of her friends and acquaintances she shared them with larger audiences. And it ended up as a great success story. The childrenâs literature of Hungary reviving after the change of the system was given a boost by her by pointing out that it is possible and it is a must to create for children, who are hungry for stories about them in a modern format. Her books are very special because illustrations and texts are created together, and her books are reflecting a relaxing and balanced world. Her name is linked to several childrenâs books; her most popular fairytales are called Berry and Dolly, furthermore the Ann, Pete and Greg series. She is illustrating all stories herself. Her poetry books are also very popular; several bands set them to music. Her Berry and Dolly series were published in the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, China and Turkey. Kedd Animation Studio based on the series produced a cartoon, which became the most successful Hungarian cartoon of recent years. The animation was granted an award in China; it was screened also at the Tokyo Anime Fair. Sanoma publishing company made available the fairytale series on iPad application. Erika Bartos received several Hungarian and foreign acknowledgments and special prices; she became the most successful Hungarian storybook writer and illustrator of the last decade. She has remained loyal to her original architectural background; her storybook series entitled Hoppieâs Tales introduces Hungarian architecture in childrenâs language.
Erika Bartos from the beginning of her career has been actively involved with challenged children and children suffering from severe illnesses. Her stories gave pleasure to children struggling with all kind of difficulties; acceptance, giving help, equal rights and the importance of loving and supporting each other always play an important role in her stories. She often organises storytelling events for children with special needs; her books, stories and illustrations are very welcomed by the youngest generations. She has been perseverant supporter for many years to the Kindergarten for Visually Impaired Children, the Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Association for the Disabled; she is closely linked with the Down Association and Home for Mentally Challenged Children and Children suffering from autism. Some of her books were also published (at her own cost) in Braille printing; here stories are also available in sign-language. Her book entitled Bravery Test was made for children suffering from cancer and leukaemia, with the intention of preparing the little patients for the demanding and draining treatments. Previously a publication with her involvement was published targeting children suffering heart diseases.