Bookbird 3 / 2018

The new issue of Bookbird features the HC Andersen Award Winners, Japanese writer Eiko Kadono and Russian illustrator Igor Oleynikov, as well the shortlisted authors Ulf Stark (Sweden), Farhad Hassanzadeh (Iran), Joy Cowley (New Zealand), Marie-Aude Murail (France); and illustrators Albertine (Switzerland), Pablo Bernasconi (Argentina), Linda Wolfsgruber (Austria), Iwona Chmielewska (Poland), and Xiong Liang (China).     

A roster of critics and scholars from all corners of the world have come together to produce an inspiring anthology of articles on these exciting makers of children’s books. The articles featuring the illustrators also include one or two examples of their artwork. Most prominently, of course, this can be seen in Igor Oleynikov’s splendid Bookbird cover (from Journey to the Tandadric), of a lone, small penguin who chooses to go its own way, a bit like our IBBY and our journal, perhaps. We too choose to carve our own path.

Christiane Raabe’s article, “Welcome to the New Home Country Germany: Inter­cultural Projects of the International Youth Library with Refugee Children and Young Adults” is another must-read in this issue. We also have a full Books on Books-section with reviews of scholarly and critical studies of children’s literature, as well as an article about translation from a translator’s point of view by David Bowles. Finally, IBBY director Liz Page gives us Focus IBBY, with IBBY news from all over the world.

Björn Sundmark (editor)