Friday, May 14, 2010

A new poetry calendar coming in 2011

One of the things I gleaned from attending this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March was the news about a new “poetry calendar for children” coming out for 2011. It’s being produced by a German publisher and you’ll find more info (in German) here. Dr. Christiane Raabe told me about it—she is the Director of the International Youth Library in Munich and I have written about that amazing library before. They hosted a fantastic poetry symposium last summer (that I attended and wrote about) and one of their exhibits featured children’s books of poetry from around the world. Well, that exhibit has now been transformed into a gorgeous week-by-week calendar for 2011.

Here’s the informational paragraph I picked up in Bologna, “Children between 4 and 9 years can travel around the world week after week with 53 wonderful, witty, funny, serious and mostly rhymed poems from all over the world. The illustrated texts have been chosen carefully by the International Youth Library, Munich. They come from 30 countries such as Italy, England, Canada, USA, South America, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Japan, Russia, Lithuania, Poland, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Norway, or Germany. Every page shows the original illustration and the original poem plus the translation into the German language by well known translators. The calendar will be published in July by Arche Kalender Verlag, Zurich-Hamburg."

58 pages, in color, 33 x 30.5 cm ca.
16 Euros

ISBN 978-3-0347-7011-8

Publication date: July 2010

I had the chance to look at a partial proof copy and it’s just gorgeous! Rich color on every page and a wonderful assortment of world poetry—many poems in English. Wouldn’t it be fun to have this calendar in your school or library and see if you could find translators for the non-English poems among your circle of patrons, community members, students, families, and friends?

Join the rest of the Poetry Friday circle this week at Alphabet Soup hosted by Jama Rattigan.

P.S. My Mom (Ingrid) is finally doing better. Thanks so much for the support!

Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.

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Short Poems said...

Great information's, thanks Sylvia :)

laurasalas said...

This sounds fabulous! Putting it on my birthday list when the time comes:>)

I remember an anthology of poems and illustrations from around the world that I read maybe 6 months ago, on your recommendation. It was very cool to be exposed to so many styles in one volume.

So glad your mom is doing better!

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