DRIN - Visions for children´s books

Illustration: Children of different skin colours with the project name DRIN Illustration: EL BOUM

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 the young population invisible?


In Our Own Words: BIPOC Perspectives in Children's Literature (2021)

The word DRIN and children in various colours © Copyright: Goethe-Institut Finnland/ EL BOUM Publication DRIN Cover Copyright: Goethe-Institut Finnland/ EL BOUM
The publication brings together visions of more diverse storytelling and children’s literature from different BIPOC perspectives. The publication gives a voice to people involved at all stages of a book’s life: from training to writing and illustration, from publishing to use in libraries and schools. The publication is edited by illustrator Warda Ahmed from Finland, with two Germans, illustrator Jasmina El Bouamraoui (El Boum) and writer Chantal-Fleur Sandjon: the expert consultants on the DRIN project.



Eine Illustration von zwei braunen Frauen, die sich auf einen Kaffee unterhalten © Warda Ahmed

Diversity in Children's Literature
A New Chapter: DRIN

The first DRIN writing workshop was held a few months ago, to encourage and support POC authors to write books for POC children. The workshop was led by illustrator Warda Ahmed from Finland, with illustrator El Boum and writer Chantal-Fleur Sandjon from Germany.


The “DRIN” project © EL BOUM

Reading | 5.11.2021 | Literaturhaus Berlin
Ayşe Bosse "Pembo – Halb und halb macht doppelt glücklich!"

Reading for school classes. Ayşe Bosse reads from her moving and funny children's book "Pembo – Halb und halb macht doppelt glücklich!". In the story Pembo has to leave its dear home village in Turkey and move to Germany, "the most terrible country in the world". But in the end everything is not as bad as Pembo thinks in the beginning... 


On this page we collect materials from events of the project. The materials are freely accessible. If you have questions or comments, we gladly establish contacts to the persons who have created the materials.


Project creators



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

Project leader: Alexandra Stang
Tel. +358 44 7222704

Project assistant: Siina Sammalisto
Tel. +358 44 7222703