Bookbird: A Flight through Time

Newly released, Bookbird: A Flight through Time captures in words and images the story of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, the official publication of IBBY, from its beginning as a modest bulletin to an internationally acclaimed quarterly publication.

Through the voices of many involved with Bookbird, this book tells the story of an important part of children’s literature in an international context over more than 60 years. The book also includes a foreword by Hans Christian Andersen Award recipient, Katherine Paterson, 22 articles by contributors from seven countries, archival photographs of IBBY, and much more.

Bookbird: A Flight through Time is essential reading for teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers and anyone interested in the development of children’s literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is an authoritative, accessible, and informative history of children’s literature internationally. The history of Bookbird is intertwined with that of IBBY and the International Youth Library in Munich, all founded by the extraordinary Jella Lepman in the years following World War II.

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