María Elena Walsh and the International Youth Library

I first heard about a legendary German castle filled with children’s books from across the world from Jeff Garrett at the beginning of my junior year at Northwestern University. It took me a while to realize that he wasn’t exaggerating — but as soon as I did, I was determined to go to the International Youth Library. I was working on a project on the Argentine children’s author María Elena Walsh at the time and, fortuitously for me, there were a great number of sources on Walsh at the IYL to which I did not have access in the United States. I had pored over the dossier on Walsh presented to the 1994 Hans Christian Andersen Award jury at the Northwestern Special Collections library, but could only locate a handful of the sources listed  in the extensive bibliography. Weiterlesen