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International Children´s and Young Adult Literature


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The International Children´s and Young Adult Literature Section presents a wide range of readings and workshops. Its activities are intended as a comprehensive initiative for the interactive promotion of reading and the strengthening of intercultural competencies. Thanks to the direct exchange with authors and illustrators from a wide variety of cultural contexts, children and young people can experience the world in its cultural diversity directly and open it up for themselves while reading, discussing and trying things out together. In addition, it is a crucial concern to introduce young readers to unusual and courageous positions in children´s and young people´s literature, both in terms of design and subject matter.

Every year, around 20 international authors and illustrators are guests in the section and present their books, usually in premiere readings. Most of the guests are appearing in German-speaking countries for the first time as part of their participation in the festival. Among the guests of the past years are many of the internationally most important authors and illustrators of literature for young readers, including Elizabeth Acevedo, David Almond, Frank Cottrell Boyce, John Boyne, Chen Jianghong, Kate DiCamillo, Kitty Crowther, Julia Donaldson, Roddy Doyle, Wolf Erlbruch, Manuele Fior, Cornelia Funke, John Green, Judith Kerr, Jon Klassen, Suzy Lee, Scott McCloud, Patrick Ness, Frida Nilsson, Raquel J. Palacio, Maria Parr, Jason Reynolds, Christian Robinson, Meg Rosoff, Axel Scheffler, Peter Sís, Shaun Tan, Janne Teller, and Angie Thomas.

The section´s program consists of about 100 readings, workshops, an opening speech, a retrospective, and a workshop discussion. In addition, the non-endowed literary prize The Extraordinary Book will be awarded. The regular cooperation partners of the section include the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the Freie Universität Berlin (Department of Elementary School Pedagogy / Didactics of German), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, LesArt - Berlin Center for Children's and Youth Literature, and the Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen. The section is a member of the Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur.



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€ 10 – one-way ticket

Prices apply unless a different price is indicated for the respective event. Accompanying persons of school classes and accompanying persons of visitors with disabilities have free admission to all events.



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Since 2014 the section has been opened with a speech every year.

2014 – Patrick Ness: Every Age I Ever Was (YouTube)

2015 – Frank Cottrell Boyce: Open the Castle Gates! (YouTube)

2016 – Ruta Sepetys: The Eyes of the Future Past (YouTube)

2017 – Meg Rosoff: What Richard Dawkins Could Learn From Goldilocks (YouTube)

2018 – Frida Nilsson: You Are Now (YouTube)

2019 – Elizabeth Acevedo: The One True Superpower

2020 – Sally Nicholls: Writing in a Pandemic

2021 – Marianne Kaurin: The Magic of a Good Story


Since 2011, a retrospective of a classic of children's and youth literature has been held every year.

2011 – Michael Ende: Momo

2012 – J. R. R. Tolkien: The Hobbit

2013 – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince

2014 – William Steig: Abel´s Island

2015 – Roald Dahl: Danny  The Champion of the World

2016 – Shel Silverstein: Where the Sidewalk Ends

2017 – Lucy Maud Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables

2018 – Astrid Lindgren: Ronia, the Robber´s Daughter

2019 – Michael Ende: The Neverending Story

2020 – Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are

2021 – E. B. White: Charlotte´s Web



Since 2016, host countries have been the focus of the section program on an irregular basis.

2016 – The Netherlands and Flanders

2018  Switzerland

2019  Norway

2021 – Canada



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