© Robert Anasch Kinder- und Jugendliteratur in Afrika und Europa Der Geist eines jungen Menschen kann nachhaltig davon beeinflusst werden, was er aufnimmt und rechtzeitige Alphabetisierung erhöht nachweislich die Wahrscheinlichkeit auf höhere Bildung und Erfolg im späteren Leben. Foto: © Ouida Books Water Birds on the Lake Shore The Goethe-Institut is proud to present the release of the long-awaited Afro Young Adult anthology, titled “Water Birds on the Lake Shore: An Anthology of African Young-Adult Fiction”. Photo (detail): © picture alliance / Eventpress MP Nadia Budde Playing with words and pictures Children’s book author Nadia Budde juggles words and drawings, arranging both in such clever associations that she inspires readers and critics alike. Photo (detail): picture alliance/ZB/ddrbildarchiv Children’s and young adult literature Are you what you read? Ideally books for children and young adults open up a world of possibilities and convey ideals, norms and values in the spirit of the times. When, though, do they go too far? Photo (detail) : © Thienemann-Esslinger Verlag Children’s and young adult books Where the digital things are Even among the youngest readers, demand for digital formats is higher than ever. But switching from the printed page to apps, games, and VR formats is a huge financial challenge, especially for smaller publishing houses. Photo (detail): © Beltz und Gelberg Verlag Book Trends 2019 Books for children and young adults adopt a clear position In 2019 the market for children’s and young adults’ books in the German language is also placing its emphasis on socially relevant topics, focusing on the protection of our natural habitat and environment or on female role models. Photo (detail): © Baobab Books Children’s and young adult literature Different from the others Children’s books shape the way we see the world as we grow up. There have thus been growing calls in recent years for children’s book publishers to reflect social and cultural diversity. Photo (detail): Beltz & Gelberg Children’s and Youth Literature 2018 Trends: Environmental Conservation and Social Policy New releases in children’s and youth literature are addressing pressing issues of the day, like migration, police violence and racism. Non-fiction for kids is also an ongoing trend. Photo (detail): © Ferdinand Lutz / Reprodukt Comics for kids and teens Dog reporter meets dinosaurs Whether it is passing on knowledge or encouraging creativity and imagination, comics for kids and teens have become truly high-quality children’s and young adult literature. Photo (detail): Die drei !!!, Kosmos Verlag 2018 mysteries and thrillers in children’s and young adult fiction The thrill of adventure and suspense The spine-tingling suspense of mystery stories and crime thrillers is very popular with young readers today. Here are some of the new releases along with some beloved classics from children’s and young adult fiction.