Mar 2310.30

Presentation and Panel Discussion

"The White Ravens" Panel

International Children's Book Fair Bologna / Authors' Café

Challenging Times

International Children’s Books about War and Displacement

Every year at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the International Youth Library (IYL) hosts an event about a current topic in international children’s and young adult literature.

This time, the focus is on the representation of violent conflicts, war, persecution and flight in literature for young readers. How do the books tell their stories? How do authors and illustrators address these sensitive topics in texts and images and how do they convey such challenging and potentially traumatic content?  

Members of the IYL team will introduce a selection of remarkable titles from the current international children's book production that show different ways of approaching these questions.


  • Christiane Raabe, Director, IYL
  • Claudia Söffner, English Section, IYL
  • Jochen Weber, Ibero-American Section, IYL
  • Katja Wiebe, Eastern European Section, IYL

An event in cooperation with the Bologna International Children's Book Fair.

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