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A Webinar for Illustrators: Diversity in Illustrating Children's Books, 11th November

Time: 11th November 16.00 UTC+02 – 18.00 UTC+02

How can alternative, under-represented narratives, voices and images be introduced? What good examples can we share? And what can the various players in this field – authors, illustrators, publishers, libraries and readers – learn from each other?

These are the questions this webinar in English will deal with. It includes three short presentations, a discussion between the participants as well as an image analysis of examples handed in.

The illustrators Jenny Lucander, Sanna Pelliccioni and Elina Warsta will examine the topic from their perspectives and will report about the situation in Finland. The illustrators Warda Ahmed and Jasmina El Boumraoui (El Boum) will introduce the topic by providing examples of illustration and by an image analysis. The approach will take place in a constructive and encouraging way.

The participants can send in their own works which they would like to discuss during the image analysis until 8th of November to the following email address: bibliothek-helsinki@goethe.de

The participation is free of charge. The webinar will take place on Zoom. Obligatory registration is open until the 10th of November via this link. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcodeCtrzouG90Mx1ymKVojQQ8FR6jI12pZ?fbclid=IwAR0r8E2eP1iLaNpmrLVRcpmEmBtx_aIknFRTfiiIll7fiOduQ3cQ9XKbJMk

After the registration you will receive the link to participate.


The webinar is part of the international project DRIN. The projects asks whether the children’s literature in Germany, Finland and other (Northern) European countries today reflects the increasingly diverse societies in which we live, or whether it makes a growing proportion of its young population invisible.

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.

Besides networking and knowledge exchange, the project aims at book production. Examples of best practice from around the world will be brought together to create an archive that will provide inspiration for translations and to create more books that reflect the diversity of our societies.

The webinar is arranged by Kuvittajat ry (The Finnish association of illustrators) and the Goethe-Institut Finland.

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