7th White Ravens Festival
for International Children's and Youth Literature

16th - 20th July 2023

Under the patronage of the Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts, the International Youth Library is organising the White Ravens Festival for International Children's and Youth Literature for the seventh time in summer 2023. For five days, authors from Germany and abroad will read from their books for children and young people, lead workshops and writing workshops and talk about themselves and their work in panel discussions. The festival offers space for renowned, multi-award-winning author personalities as well as for new literary discoveries and creates a bridge between cultures with German and international programme items. The focus is on encounters between the international guests and the mostly young audience.

The Festival is named for the “White Ravens” of the International Youth Library, which in specialists’ circles stand for extraordinary and innovative books for children and adolescents. The Library publishes an annual international book review catalogue titled “White Ravens”. The “White Ravens” selected for inclusion in the catalogue all inspire and provoke, set new trends, and are of the highest quality in terms of language, content and artistry.
The White Ravens Festival showcases children’s and young adult literature thus conceived. The main Festival location is Blutenburg Castle in Munich, which is the seat of the International Youth Library. Invited authors will also appear at schools, libraries and other locations around Munich and some cities in Bavaria. Afternoon and evening events are open to the public, school events for all grade levels, as well as numerous readings and initiatives for audience participation and listening will be offered.

The following guests have confirmed their participation for the 7th WHITE RAVENS Festival for International Children's and Youth Literature:

Micaela Chirif, Peru | Simon van der Geest, Netherlands | Michal Hvorecký, Slovakia | Sarah Jäger, Germany | Lisa Krusche, Germany | Shaw Kuzki, Japan | M.G. Leonard, Great Britain | André Letria, Portugal | Malinda Lo, USA | Martin Muser, Germany | Max de Radiguès, Belgium | Bjørn F. Rørvik, Norway | Ingo Siegner, Germany

The White Ravens Festival is supported by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich, the Friends and Sponsors of the International Youth Library and many other sponsors.