Every year, the International Youth Library acquires about 10,000 new children’s and young adult books from publishing houses around the world. The library’s language specialists, experts in the literature of individual language families, select 200 exceptional titles from among these new additions, which are then introduced with short annotations in an English-language catalogue. Books are chosen based on their potential interest for an international audience, whether due to their innovative literary or illustrative quality, or due to their consideration of universally relevant topics.
The White Ravens are presented at the Book Fair in Frankfurt in autumn as well as at the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna in the spring of the following year. The recommended books can then be shown in libraries, schools, or other educational institutions interested in displaying them.
Content of the 2020 version:
200 books from 56 countries in 36 languages. The catalogue includes brief annotations, bibliographic references and images of all the book covers.
Multi-lingual. Catalogue available in English
Unfortunately, this year we have to do without a printed version of the "White Ravens" catalogue, instead it can be downloaded as PDF here.
All information on the selected WR books are also availabe in our online database:
The White Ravens
The current WR can be viewed in the Reading Room of the International Youth Library.
Exhibition of the White Ravens in the Philipp-Schaeffer-Library Berlin, Germany, 2017 (© Stadtbibliothek Berlin-Mitte), at the Book Arsenal 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine, and the Book World Prague 2014, Czech Republic.
© 2020 by Emma AdBåge