Discussion Diversity in children's literature

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

Mon 02.12.2019, 5 pm

Central Library Oodi

Children need to see themselves in stories, illustrations and narrations. Does the current children’s literature in Germany and Finland mirror the more and more diverse societies we live in, or does it make part of its young population invisible? How to offer every child reading experiences that represent their lives? How to motivate a change in the childrens' book markets? How to include other possible narratives of voices and images underrepresented? What good examples can we share? What can different actors in the field - authors, illustrators, publishers, libraries and readers - learn from each other?
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 will discuss diversity within children’s literature.

The event is organised by the Goethe-Institut Finnland and is part of a larger project in the making on children’s literature and diversity.

Fridtjof Küchemann's visit in Finland is supported by FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange.