Fellowship Program 2022 Part 2

A hot summer full of trips to the Munich lakes and visits to local beer gardens comes to an end. Of course that’s not everything our fellows did during their visit. First and foremost they came to the International Youth Library to work on their research projects, dissertations or articles about children’s and youth literature. Let’s meet a few of them!

Blick in den Lesesaal, Regale voller Bücher


Fellowship Program 2022 (Part 1)

It was quiet around our fellows for a long time, but now the reading room is slowly filling up again. Before we hit off the busy summer season, we look back at the first half of the year and four of our amazing fellows.



Fellowship Program 2021 (Part 3)

Before we start with the new year and more outstanding young academic professionals to come, we look back at our last international guests in 2021. We are so grateful that we were able to welcome so many fellows this year – despite still struggling with the ongoing pandemic. Overall, 17 fellows from 14 countries visited us in 2021. Thank you to every single one of you! Weiterlesen

Fellowship Program 2021 (Part 2)

We continue with introducing our fellows from 2021 and try to give the world an insight on the amazing articles, dissertations and books our guests research on during their stay at the International Youth Library.

Dorota Sadowska (Poland)

Dorota Sadowska from Warsaw, Poland, always loved reading books since she was a little child. Therefore, it is no surprise that she named her dog “Fizia“ which is the polish name for “Pippi (Longstocking)“. Dorota even says that Fizia is just as stubborn, idiosyncratic and wild as the original Pippi. Usually Dorota works and teaches at the University of Warsaw, where she also studied German. She already visited the International Youth Library in the summer of 2019 after finding out about the wide range of children’s and youth literature displayed here through the internet. Weiterlesen

Fellowship Program 2021 (Part 1)

In 2020 out of 18 invited guests only four were able to visit us due to the pandemic. With that in mind the International Yout Library was more than happy to reopen it’s doors for the first fellowship recipients in 2021. Just as the previous years we were looking forward to the new guests, exciting topics and interesting conversations.

Mateusz Swietlicke (Poland)

mattheuz-1Mateusz Swietlicke from Poland is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wrocław where he teaches at the Institute of English Studies.
From February until April 2021, Mateusz came to the International Youth Library to research for his book about Memory and the images of Eastern Europe in Canadian historical fiction, published after the year 1991. Weiterlesen

Fellowship Programm 2020

A Review

In December 2019, the team of the International Youth Library received a long list of names, thesis topics and countries with the information about the following year’s scholarship recipients. Eighteen guests from eleven countries had been invited to visit us in 2020. With a little delay, our first guest of 2020 arrived in February:

Devika Mehran from India.
Her project: Understanding generic development and the construction of childhood in 20th century children’s fantasy. A study of selected British children’s fantasy fiction. It was such a pleasure to welcome Devika to our book castle. Here, she said, she had easy access to specialist literature in large quantities – a lot of which was difficult or impossible to get hold of in her home country. Devika also emphasized that she really appreciated the warm welcome right from day one and the great help in finding everything she needed for her research. In her own words, the IYL offered “a beautiful and mind-blowing experience”.

But then… it doesn’t need to be explained what happened at the beginning of spring 2020. Flights were canceled and borders were closed in the hope of stopping the pandemic. So Devika had to leave us, quite suddenly, earlier than she thought. Many of our guests had to reschedule or cancel their stay and the whole book castle went into a “Little Briar Rose-Slumber“.Only 4 months later, however, in the middle of July, our next international guest was able to visit us.

It was Vera Veldhuizen from the Netherlands, who stayed in Munich until the end of August, together with her husband. She was working on her PhD thesis with the title: The silencing impact of competing truth narratives in children’s literature. Because of all the regulations, she was only able to visit a little of Munich, but fortunately she was here during the „Blutenburger Sommerbühne“ and enjoyed some cultural gems as open air events at the castle. When Vera left, she just said one thing: “I will come back!”  

In the fall, many of our fellows had to cancel their stay, too, which saddened us all very much, even though the reasons were very understandable. Nevertheless, at the end of September and on 1st October we welcomed another two international researchers:

Sofia Venzel from Russia and Jessica Silva from Brazil.
Fortunately both currently live in the European Union (Spain and Portugal respectively), which made it possible for them to travel to Munich during the pandemic. Both enjoyed their stay very much and used the opportunity to do research for their projects. For Jessica it was „Representations of Aging in Children’s Literature. Other cultural and linguistic contexts.“, while Sofia worked on the subject of Children‘s Books on Soviet (Communist) History”. Because so many other fellows had to cancel their visit to the IYL, Jessica and Sofia were offered the chance to extend their visit and both stayed until mid-December. For Jessica and Sofia, it wasn’t an easy time here, because all the restaurants, museums, and other interesting sites in and around Munich were closed. Nevertheless, the whole team of the IYL made a big effort to make their stay as rewarding as possible and in the end, there was even some snow in preparation for Christmas. 

Out of 18 invited guests, only four were able to visit us in 2020. We were happy about every single one of them and hope that their stay with us was unforgettable (in a positive way 😉 ). Although it was a very difficult year, the International Youth Library has still done its utmost to promote and support international research on children’s and young adult literature.

We are looking forward to the coming months, to new guests, exciting topics and interesting conversations.

Fellowship Program 2019

Meet some of our 2019 fellows from ten countries:

Juan Senis

March – May

– Juan Senis

Juan Senis from Spain is a professor of children’s and young adult literature at the University of Zaragoza. In addition to his academic activities, he also writes books for children whenever he finds some spare time. He started focusing on children’s and youth literature after finishing his PhD and is currently working on an international comparison of children’s poetry. Juan, having a keen interest in languages, is well-versed in Spanish, Italian and French literature. He came to the IYL to have access to a wider range of books for a work-in-progress survey, concerning children’s poetry in Portuguese, English and German. As a big fan of texts in verse, he noticed that there are not a lot of publications about children’s and youth poetry. The main aim of his project is to find out if there is a common trend in the poetry from different countries and languages. At the IYL, he did not only find a wealth of international books, but he was also verygrateful for the help he received from the people working here. After the end of his scholarship, he went back to work at the university and intends to publish two articles with the material he gathered at the IYL.


Dao Trung Uyen


Dao Trung Uyen

– Dao Trung Uyen

Dao Trung Uyen, aka Sophia, from Vietnam is a real “bookworm”. Since her early childhood, she has spent hours and hours in libraries, enjoying the fascination of reading.  In 2014, she came to Ilmenau in Thüringen to do a Master’s degree in Media- and Communication Science; during her stay there, she became aware of the lack of children literature in her home country. Convinced that educated children are the basis for creating a better world, she came to the Weiterlesen

Online now: The White Ravens 2019

With great pleasure we present to you the 2019 edition of our annual catalogue
»The White Ravens«.

This year’s cover is teeming with a flock of curious, book-loving birds in blue, yellow and white. The feathered friends, both big and small, are eagerly pecking at pages on the search for their favourite book. Diego Bianki, the creator of this picture, is also the illustrator of the book »Cuentos cansados«, which was selected for the »White Ravens 2018« list.

The »White Ravens« catalogue is the most important annual publication of the International Youth Library. It aims to promote quality in children’s book publishing and has become an increasingly useful tool for anyone interested in looking beyond national borders.

This year, the »White Ravens« contain a selection of 200 notable children’s and young adult books from 58 countries published in 37 languages.

The printed catalogue is published prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Meet us at our booth in Hall 3.0/K118 and get your personal copy. Or read this year’s White Ravens online:

James Krüss Preis an Frida Nilsson verliehen


Torben Liebau, Erbengemeinschaft James Krüss und Frida Nilsson

Bereits zum vierten Mal wurde der James Krüss Preis für internationale Kinder- und Jugendliteratur in der Internationalen Jugendbibliothek verliehen. Am 4. Juli 2019 fanden sich 140 Gäste zur Verleihung des mit 8.000 Euro dotierten Preises im Jella Lepman-Saal ein und feierten die schwedische Autorin Frida Nilsson, eine„begnadete Erzählerin und Meisterin der spannenden Dramaturgie“ (Jurybegründung). Ihre Übersetzerin Friederike Buchinger wurde ebenfalls gewürdigt.


Schamlos – Auftakt zur Reihe Links, rechts, oben, unten, mittendrin, außen vor

Autorin Nancy Herz in der Internationalen Jugendbibliothek

Lesung Samuel-Heinicke-Realschule

(Ex-)Muslimas, Autorinnen und Feministinnen: Amina Bile, Sofia Nesrine Srour und Nancy Herz haben mit ihrem Buch Schamlos für großes Aufsehen in Norwegen gesorgt. Hier  thematisieren die in den Medien als „schamlose Mädchen“ bekannten jungen Frauen, wie durch (absurde) Ratschläge, Verhaltensregeln und einen patriarchalischen Sitten- und Ehrenkodex die Freiheit von Mädchen und Frauen beschnitten werden . Als Plädoyer für Selbstbestimmung und Entfaltungsmöglichkeiten wurde Schamlos u.a. mit dem Ehrenpreis Fritt Ord ausgezeichnet.

Schulklassenlesungen mit Nancy Herz

Am 23./24. Mai hatten Schüler*innen der Samuel-Heinicke-Realschule und der Bavarian International School die Möglichkeit mit Nancy Herz das Buch Schamlos zu besprechen. Begleitet wurde Nancy dabei von Dr. Ines Galling von der IJB, die als Übersetzerin und Diskussionspartnerin fungierte. Weiterlesen