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International Children’s and Young Adult Literature is a section of the ilb since its foundation in 2001 and directs its focus primarily at children, teenagers and young adults. The centre of the section is the presentation of extraordinary international contemporary literature for young readers, both aethetically and in content. For this purpose, each year, around 15 writers and illustrators are invited to present their books often as Germany, Europe, International or World premiere readings in Berlin. Many section guests are on stage in German speaking countries for the first time. In addition, selected books by writers from other festival sections are presented to the young audience. 

Since 2005, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele is the main host of the ilb and the section for International Children´s and Young Adult Literature. Other events take place in universities, museums, theatres, creative centers, libraries and schools throughout Berlin. Since 2011 the retrospective has focused on one extraordinary book of deceased wirters or illustrators. Since 2012, the section guests curate the annual exhibition The Extraordinary Book. Since 2014 the section has been opened with an opening speech. In 2014, Patrick Ness was the keynote speaker, in 2015 Frank Cottrell Boyce, and in 2016 Ruta Sepetys. Also since 2014 some guests of the section are interviewed for the video format ilb Voices. Beside the programme during the festival, the section also organizes year-long special events with writers and illustrators, lastly with Scott McCloud (USA, 2013) and Janne Teller (Denmark/USA, 2014). 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 section counted more than 10,000 visitors. The section is 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 (United Kingdom), Martin Baltscheit (Germany), John Boyne (Ireland), Kevin Brooks (United Kingdom), Peter Brown (USA), Melvin Burgess (United Kingdom), Chen Jianghong (China/France), Frank Cottrell Boyce (United Kingdom), Kitty Crowther (Belgium), Kate DiCamillo (USA), Julia Donaldson (United Kingdom), Roddy Doyle (Ireland), Wolf Erlbruch (Germany), Manuele Fior (Italy/France), Timothée de Fombelle (France), Cornelia Funke (Germany/USA), Jostein Gaarder (Norway), Inés Garland (Argentina), John Green (USA), Peter Härtling (Germany), Nikolaus Heidelbach (Germany), Finn-Ole Heinrich (Germany), Franz Hohler (Switzerland), Roberto Innocenti (Italy), Navid Kermani (Germany), Kim Dong-sung (South Korea), Jon Klassen (Canada/USA), Klaus Kordon (Germany), Guus Kuijer (Netherlands), Suzy Lee (South Korea), Joke van Leeuwen (Netherlands), Paul Maar (Germany), Mawil (Germany), Scott McCloud (USA), Bart Moeyaert (Belgium), Marie-Aude Murail (France), Salah Naoura (Germany), Patrick Ness (USA/United Kingdom), Frida Nilsson (Sweden), Uri Orlev (Israel), Raquel J. Palacio (USA), Maria Parr (Norway), Mirjam Pressler (Germany), Iva Procházková (Czech Republic), Meg Rosoff (USA/United Kingdom), Riad Sattouf (France), Axel Scheffler (Germany/United Kingdom), Peter Sís (Czech Republic/USA), Shaun Tan (Australia), Janne Teller (Denmark/USA), Einar Turkowski (Germany), Jenny Valentine (United Kingdom), Edward van de Vendel (Netherlands) and Martina Wildner (Germany).

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 premier readings. German premiers 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, amonst others Inés Garland (2013), Raquel J. Palacio (2013) and Jon Klassen (2014).

The section regularly mediates between publishing houses and Berlin theatres, bringing books of our festival guests onto the stage. The plays being staged through this 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 (United Kingdom), Yves Grevet (France) and Nils Mohl (Germany) were guests of the first edition of this festival.

Since 2011 Christoph Rieger has been the head of the International Children’s and Young Adult Literature section of the international literature festival berlin. 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 program 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.