Vida Brest (true name Majda Peterlin) (21 July 1925 – 10 November 1985) was a Yugoslav Slovene-language poet, writer, journalist, and teacher, best known for her juvenile fiction, often based on her own experiences as a young Partisan during the Second World War.
Brest was born in Šentrupert in Lower Carniola in 1925. At the age of 17 she joined the resistance movement and after the end of the Second World War became a journalist and teacher. She later devoted herself to writing, her main inspiration being her own experiences during the war, but also wrote fairy tales and children's stories. From a very early age she also wrote poetry, with her first poems being published by the Partisan press during the war. A selection of her best poems was published posthumously in 1995, selected and edited by Ivan Minatti.
She won the Levstik Award in 1984 for her book of stories from the resistance entitled Majhen človek na veliki poti (A Small Man on a Big Road).16 pesmi Vide Brest (16 Poems of Vida Brest), 1944
Pesmi (Poems), 1947
Mihčeve pesmi (Little Miha's Poems), 1951
Teci, teci, soncu reci (Run, Run, Tell the Sun), 1986
Tiho, tiho srce (Silent, Silent Heart), (selected and edited by Ivan Minatti), 1995
Pravljica o mali Marjetici, zajčku, medvedu in zlati pomladi (The Story of Little Margaret, the Bunny, the Teddy, and the Golden Spring), 1951,1958
Ptice in grm (The Birds and the Bush), 1955, 1961
Orehovo leto (The Year of the Walnut), 1955, 1972
Popotovanje v Tunizijo (A Trip to Tunisia), 1967
Veliki čarovnik Ujtata (The Great Wizard Ujtata), 1974
Prodajamo za gumbe (We Sell Buttons), 1976
Majhen človek na veliki poti (A Small Man on a Big Road), 1983
Mala Marjetica in gozdni mož (Little Margaret and the Forest Man), 1985
Teci, teci, soncu reci (Run, Run, Tell the Sun), (selected and edited by Niko Grafenauer), 1986