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The section International Children’s and Young Adult Literature has been a part of the ilb since it was founded in 2001. The programme is directed primarily at children, teenagers and young adults, and aims to feature international contemporary literature that contains extraordinary aesthetics and content. For this purpose, around 15 writers and illustrators are invited to present their books every year - often as international, German, European or world-wide premiere readings. For many section guests, their performance at the ilb constitutes their first time on stage in a German-speaking country. In addition to the regular programme, we select books by writers from the regular festival sections to be presented for a young audience. Since 2005, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele has been the main host of the ilb. Some events also take place at external locations throughout Berlin, such as universities, museums, theatres, creative centers, libraries and schools. Christoph Rieger has been the head of the Children's and Young Adult section since 2011. Apart from the readings and workshops featuring the books presented at the festival, the ilb organizes various specials

* annually since 2007: ilb Generation 

* annually since 2010: U20 Poetry Slam

* annually since 2011: Retrospective

* annually since 2012: The Extraordinary Book (award and exhibition)

* annually since 2014: Opening Speech

* annually since 2014: ilb Voices (discussions)

* annually since 2015: Master classes (picture books, comics and novels)

* annually since 2016: Science lectures

* year-round: special events (readings and workshops)

Each year, the programme is made up of around 85 events - readings, discussions, master classes, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, project weeks and presentations. In 2015, the Children's and Young Adult Programme counted more than 10,000 visitors. The section is a member of the Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur – German Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

Former guests of this section are - amongst others - David Almond, Martin Baltscheit, John Boyne, Kevin Brooks, Peter Brown, Melvin Burgess, Chen Jianghong, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Kitty Crowther, Kate DiCamillo, Julia Donaldson, Roddy Doyle, Wolf Erlbruch, Manuele Fior, Timothée de Fombelle, Cornelia Funke, Jostein Gaarder, Inés Garland, John Green, Peter Härtling, Nikolaus Heidelbach, Finn-Ole Heinrich, Franz Hohler, Roberto Innocenti, Navid Kermani, Kim Dong-sung, Jon Klassen, Klaus Kordon, Guus Kuijer, Suzy Lee, Joke van Leeuwen, Paul Maar, Mawil, Scott McCloud, Bart Moeyaert, Marie-Aude Murail, Salah Naoura, Patrick Ness, Frida Nilsson, Uri Orlev, Raquel J. Palacio, Maria Parr, Mirjam Pressler, Iva Procházková, Meg Rosoff, Riad Sattouf, Axel Scheffler, Peter Sís, Shaun Tan, Janne Teller, Einar Turkowski, Jenny Valentine, Edward van de Vendel and Martina Wildner.

Books such as Finn-Ole Heinrich’s and Rán Flygenring’s Frerk, du Zwerg! (2011), Adam Jaromir‘s and Gabriela Cichowska’s Fräulein Esthers letzte Vorstellung (2012), Chen Jianghong’s Le petit pêcheur et le squelette (2013), Janne Teller´s Alles – Worum es geht (2013) and Mac Barnett´s and Jon Klassen´s Sam and Dave Dig a Hole were introduced as world premiere readings. German premieres were celebrated with Scott McCloud´s The Sculptor (2015), Inés Garland’s Piedra, papel o tijera (2013), Raquel J. Palacio´s Wonder (2013) and Patrick Ness´ More Than This (2014). For numerous writers and illustrators, the participation in this section is also their first appearance in Germany, such as for Inés Garland (2013), Raquel J. Palacio (2013) and Jon Klassen (2014).

The section regularly mediates between publishing houses and Berlin theatres, bringing our festival guests' books to the stage. The plays staged through the section’s initiative include Nichts – Was im Leben wichtig ist by Janne Teller at the Theater an der Parkaue (2012), Frerk, du Zwerg! by Finn-Ole Heinrich und Rán Flygenring at the Neuköllner Oper (2012), Es war einmal Indianerland by Nils Mohl at the Deutsches Theater (2013) and Schrödinger, Dr. Linda und eine Leiche im Kühlhaus von Jan De Leeuw at the Theater an der Parkaue (2014).

In October 2015, the 1st international literature festival odessa premiered. The Children´s and Young Adult Program of this festival was curated by the ilb. Melvin Burgess, Yves Grevet and Nils Mohl were guests of the first edition of this festival.

Christoph Rieger has been the head of the International Children’s and Young Adult Literature section of the international literature festival berlin since 2011. Born in Potsdam in 1984, he completed his high school education in Eisenach in 2003. He studied in Frankfurt and Aberystwyth and holds an MA in Theater, Film and Media Studies, Psychology and Sociology. From 2005 to 2010 he worked for the Film- und Kinobüro Hessen in Frankfurt. He has been a member of the Berlin Arts Council since 2014. Since 2015 he has been a curator of the Children’s and Young Adult programme for the international literature festival odessa. Since 2016 he has been a jury member of the Luchs Award, a monthly literary prize granted by DIE ZEIT and Radio Bremen. He is founder and director of the Vers/Fest/Berlin (2017). Publications: Co-editor of Keys to the Future – What Kind of Children’s and Young Adult Literature does Europe need? (2013). Christoph Rieger writes for DIE ZEIT and lives with his family in Berlin.