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German Culture & Media: Children's Books

Information & Reviews

Quergelesen - reading tips from "Quergelesen," a program on German's children's TV channel KiKa. (in German) - a German website with descriptions and tips on the latest German children's books (in German)

Must read German children's books - a list of top German children's books (in English)

Kinder und Jugendbuchportal - Goethe Institut portal on children's literature. (in English)

Kinderbuch-Couch - an online magazine about German children's books (in German)

Deutschsprachige Comics

Rezensionen und Empfehlungen - from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German)

Reviews from der Standard (in German, from Austria)

Major Associations

Arbeitskreis fuer Jugendliteratur e.V. - registered organization in Germany that promotes children's literatur through newsletters, prizes, and fellowships for writers.

Stiftung Lesen - charitable foundation dedicated to reading competency and enjoyment.

Vorlesetag - the annual German Read-Aloud holiday, sponsored by Die Zeit, Deutsche Bahn, and other major organizations.

Where to Read or Purchase German Children's Books

German Bookstore listing in the USA

Alphabet Garten - A Washington-based bookseller of German children's books and DVDs.

International Children's Books - bookseller in Florida sells multiple languages as well as bilingual books.

International Children's Digital Library - eBook versions of children's books in many world languages.

Bilingual Children's books

Schoenhof's Foreign Books - a bookseller with distribution centers in Chicago and Skokie, IL.

For German-language comics, consider the Goethe Institut's page.

International Book Fairs

Frankfurt Book Fair

Vienna Book Fair (Buch Wien)

Leipzig Book Fair

Bologna Children’s Book Fair - though not specific to German-language titles, Bologna is the most important international event for children's publishing professionals.

Subject Guide

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