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DRINIllustration: EL BOUM

DRIN - Visions for children´s books

Children’s books shape the world view we grow up with. It is important for children to be able to recognize themselves in stories, illustrations and narratives and, at the same time, to learn about the different realities of life around them. Does children’s literature in Germany, Finland and other (Northern) European countries today reflect the increasingly diverse societies in which we live, or does it make a growing proportion of its young population invisible?




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Webinar | THU 04.06.2020, 2-6 pm (EET)

A webinar on children's literature, diversity and representation with perspectives from Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

Soap Bubble in different colours Photo: Alexas_Fotos auf Pixabay

Webinar | FRI 15.05.2020, 10-12
DRIN - A Webinar on Visions for Children's Books part 1 (Finland)

A webinar that aims to share insights into the field of children’s literature: how to get access into the publishing world, how to find colleagues/ partners who are interested in the same topics to work on together? - Participation via open call-application only.

Pile of children's books Photo: Annie Spratt/ Unsplash

Discussion | MON 02.12.2019 | Oodi
Diversity in children’s literature

The journalist Fridtjof Küchemann (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the illustrator El Boum (Jasmina El Bouamraoui), the author and diversity trainer Chantal-Fleur Sandjon and the Finnish comic artist, teacher and activist Warda Ahmed discussed diversity within children’s literature.

Child reading Foto: MI PHAM (Unsplash)

Työpaja | MA 26.11.2018 | Turku
Decanonising Children's Literature?

Workshop in der Stadtbibliothek Turku im Stadtteil Varissuo, organisiert vom Goethe-Institut zusammen mit dem ”Children’s library project” der Åbo Akademi und Lukukeskus (Finnish Reading Centre).


This page gathers materials from events that were organised in the context of the project. The materials are freely accessible. If you have questions or comments, we will gladly put you in contact with the persons who made the presentations.

Material from the international webinar "DRIN - Visions for Children's Literature" 4.6.2020

  • Prof. Dr. Maureen Maisha Auma, Germany | Kindheit und Differenz (Diversity Studies) | Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal/Visiting professor TU Berlin:
  • Author Johanna Lestelä, Finland
  • Librarian Woody Oliphant, Sweden:

The group discussions


Participants Announcement © Goethe-Institut/ Lucid Creative

Reading Promotion in Nigeria

Two five-day workshops for children's book illustrators and authors, facilitated by Baba Aminu Abdulkareem and Ute Krause, took place in Nigeria in March 2019 and March 2020. The workshops' aim was: to develop affordable children's books for the Nigerian market, which tell imaginative, yet realistic, stories that reflect the country's social and cultural environment.

DRIN Illustration: EL BOUM

DRIN - Children's literature

Examples of children's books from the library of the Goethe-Institut.

Paint brushes Photo: Rhondak | Unsplash.com

Book recommendations

The German Academy for Childrens' and Youth Literature has composed a list of books to offer impulses towards an integrative (reading) culture. The list collects a representative selection of books about children/ people of color.

Latitude - Rethinking Power Relations Photo (Detail): © Getty Images, Logo: Tobias Schrank

DRIN as part of LATITUDE

With the online magazine “Latitude”, the Goethe-Institut provides a platform for global discourse on colonial power relations, their consequences and how to overcome them. In interviews, essays and a range of other formats, the magazine highlights issues such as decolonisation, preservation of indigenous cultures, the role of museums, restitution and dealing with cultural heritage.

Logo #Stophatrednow Photo: #Stophatrednow


#StopHatredNow is an intercultural and anti-racist platform that strives to create discourse and offers tools to create a more inclusive, diverse and feminist art field. This list collects material that deals with diversity, racism and (post-)colonialism.

Project creators

Illustration EL BOUM Iluustration: EL BOUM


EL BOUM, Jasmina El Bouamraoui, is a German-Moroccan illustrator from Berlin. Her hand-drawn work has a fresh feel and invites the viewer to question clichés of all kinds.

Warda Ahmed Photo: Warda Ahmed

​Warda Ahmed

The comic-artist, teacher and illustrator Warda Ahmed lives and works in the Helsinki metropolitan area. As an anti-rasist feminist, she takes part in the public discourse on structures that make our societies more unequal. At the moment, she works in the project “Comics and migration” that is funded by Kone Foundation. In her comics, Ahmed deals with the migration history of her family. With the working group Sisaret 1918 (Sisters 1918) she won the Finlandia prize for comics in 2019.  

Chantal-Fleur Sandjon Photo: Chantal-Fleur Sandjon

Chantal-Fleur Sandjon

Chantal-Fleur Sandjon is a communication scientist, writer and editor. She has been working as a spoken-word artist, artistically accompanying post-colonial city walks, designing diversity workshops and working as an education officer at the Berlin Queer Education Unit. 



The project is based on cooperation. Please contact us if you are interested in collaborating with us!

Alexandra Stang
Tel. +358 44 7222704