Children’s and young adult media at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

The children's and young adult books area is growing, and the trade in licences is becoming more and more important.
In 2013, besides the topical events for trade visitors and the general public, there were two new spectacular event locations on the Agora: the Kids’ Bubble and the Open Stage.

Forum Children’s Media

Kinderbuch Zentrum 2013 39034

Kirsten Boie gave a reading from her book, "There are Some Things you Can't Describe", which is based on her experiences in Swaziland. Morton Rhue presented his new novel "No Place, No Home" which recounts the social decline of an affluent American family. And much more besides!

Agora: Open Stage

Kids Bubble 2013 39134

At an extensive photo shoot with Belt, a character from the 3-D animated film "The Croods", Alvin from the cartoon "Alvin and the Chipmunks", and other surprise guests from film and TV, fans could have their pictures taken with them on the Open Stage.

The Kichererbsen (Chickpeas) at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

Our child reporters group, "die Kichererbsen", met and spoke with many different people at the Frankfurt Book Fair, including Kirsten Boie.

Classroom of the Future

Klassenzimmer Der Zukunft 2013 39257

In 2013, the focus was on movement and learning. Together with our partners, the Frankfurt Book Fair once again presented a visionary learning trail over an area of around 300 sqm, where visitors could immerse themselves with all their senses, in the future of learning.

The Kids Universe on YouTube

Birgit Fricke
Frankfurt Book Fair
Birgit Fricke
t: +49 (0) 69 2102147
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46147
Anne-Kathrin Häfner
Frankfurt Book Fair
Anne-Kathrin Häfner
t: +49 (0) 69 2102220
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46220

Licensing Day: Publishing meets merchandising

Messerundgang Licensing 2012 34599

For the networking of the actors and segments involved in children's and young adult media, the Friday of the Book Fair was devoted to the topic of licensing.
A seminar, a tour of the fair and a happy hour helped to promote the licensing network at the Frankfurt Book Fair, while bringing together suppliers and buyers. Publishing houses are no longer merely licence buyers, they are becoming ever more successful at developing their own characters and licenses, and at marketing these through almost all channels, from YouTube to their own musical productions. "The children's book segment and the licensing of characters are linchpins of our company’s portfolio," says Klaus-Thorsten Firnig, the managing director of Egmont publishing group. "With our various editions we have been able to collect a lot of positive impressions from the Book Fair again this year, and we also received great feedback."

That was the Weltempfang 2013

Weltempfang 2013 39865

In more than 40 events, this year Weltempfang once again examined a range of topics related to politics, literature and translation, while the central theme was a "Focus on Childhood and Youth". The breadth of this topic soon became clear when publishers from Germany, Spain and the Arab world were asked the general question, "What makes a good children’s book?" The response: above all, books should open the readers’ eyes to alternative realities. As a further criterion, it was suggested that good books should, as far as possible, communicate passion and courage – through normal characters, without recourse to princesses and the like.
Another focal topic was how it is to grow up during this period of economic crisis in Europe. The aptest catchphrase, here: the "precarious generation". The discussion resulted in a description of this younger generation; details of their living environment were collected (lives spent in a state of constant social uncertainty), from which conclusions were then drawn regarding that environment. One finding was that the change in circumstances is even having an effect on people's reading habits, with the younger generation reading more quickly and more fragmentarily.

More on the Weltempfang

Invitation Programme

Invitation Programme In cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, every year the Book Fair invites small-scale publishers to Frankfurt, from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The invitation programme is organised in collaboration with litprom – the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature. In 2013, a large number of children's book publishers from all around the world participated in the programme. We can't wait to find out who we’ll meet in 2014...

More information about the invitation programme 2013

ALMA - Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

ALMA At an exclusive, celebratory event on the Thursday of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the nominees for the following year’s award are announced. Worth five million Swedish krona, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is one of the most valuable literature prizes in the world.

Illustrator's Corner in Hall 3.0

The Illustrator's Corner in Hall 3.0: Designers wanted
In the Illustrators’ Corner, the Illustrators’ Organisation (IO) and FILU, the archive of illustrators and photographers with a portfolio of almost 500 artists, presented a rich pool of new talents and well-known names. In this new work centre, over coffee and biscuits, illustrators met their future publishers, and publishers their future illustrators. On the Illustrators’ Stage, a large number of IO events provided assistance and information for those pursuing the illustrator’s profession.

Filu - Archive of illustrators and photographers

Filu - the archive of illustrators and photographers Filu – the archive of illustrators and photographers has moved into Hall 3.0, bringing with it more than 500 artists and a selection of the illustrators’ works.
This means that for all the exhibitors in Hall 3.0, the place to find your new illustrator is just a few metres walk away. Or why not just come and browse?

LitCam Projects

LitCam has set itself the objective of improving literacy and basic education, thereby also enhancing people's capacity to participate in the life of society. To put this into effect in practical ways, LitCam designs and implements its own projects. The aim is always to promote integration and improve opportunities for disadvantaged groups through special support programmes.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair, the "Goal for Education!" on the LitCam stage involved a diverse, five-day programme of events devoted to education, Brazil and football. Football stars, prominent politicians and other well-known personalities from television and literature, such as Uwe Seeler, Katrin Müller-Hohenstein and Christiane F. met here to exchange their views.
At the weekend, the Brazilian-German cultural stadium opened its gates. Participants in the ESTÁDIO DA CULTURA got to grips with the myths and the truths, and the history and the present of the "beautiful game", and examined its significance for the people of Brazil.

Find out more about LitCam projects

Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V.

The Association for Children's and Youth Literature (AKJ) was formed in 1955 as an umbrella organisation for children's and young adult literature in Germany.
Its tasks include organising and awarding the German Children's Literature Award, which takes place each year at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The journal JuLit and other publications are intended to promote reading, while serving as an orientation in the world of children's and young adult literature. The Association is also active internationally, as the German chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
More on the Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V.

The Frankfurt Academy on children's and young adult media

The Frankfurt Academy promotes the children’s and young adult media sector with many events around the world and throughout the year
With its publishers' trips and exclusive positioning at the most important international trade fairs (e.g. Bologna), and by organising conferences in India and the USA, as well as the "Contec" education conference, the Frankfurt Academy is helping to set the agenda for children’s and young adult media, literacy, education and technology.

The Academy Programme in Frankfurt

Partner of the Frankfurt Book Fair's Kids