Each year the language specialists (Lektoren) at the International Youth Library (IYL), in Munich, Germany, select newly published books from around the world that they consider to be especially noteworthy. This list of books is compiled into the annual White Ravens Catalogue, which is introduced each year at the Bologna (Italy) Children's Book Fair. The White Ravens Online Catalogue, which includes all titles from 1993, was created by ICDL researchers in collaboration with the IYL and is available on the ICDL web site with the permission of the International Youth Library.The White Raven label is given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design. The titles are drawn from the books that the IYL receives as review or donation copies from publishers and organizations around the world. You can also access the latest winners here:http://www.ijb.de/spezialbibliothek/white-ravens-2014.html White Ravens
Two surrealistic and amusing stories whose characters accept whatever happens no matter how weird or upsetting it seems. This beautifully illustraded two-sided book offers two stories that meet in the middle: on one side two men are walking along the street, when it begins to rain. In a pond at their...[more]
Jonah and Martha live in a farm in Kansas. Martha spends the whole day reading Selections of the Reader’s Digest and any book reflecting the thought of any culture (from Darwin to Indus texts) and regarding human evolution, and the meaning of life. Jonah listens to her and –overwhelmed by the clearness...[more]
It is the story of a rock that wants to discover the world and shares his dream with a geologist. But the geologist is stunned by such a request ... as rocks do not speak! But despite his hesitation, he decides to help the rock and destroys it with a hammer. Transformed into light dust, the rock ...[more]
A hilarious story, written in Iban Barrenetxeaâ€™s rich and elegant prose and detailed illustrations! It is the last Autumn day in the birch wood somewhere in the North, where in a tiny little wooden house live the brothers Jaska and Kaspar and their sister Masia. At dawn we are about to see how...[more]
Antonino is extremely little, nonetheless he is the strongest explorer, mountain climber, adventurer you can imagine. In his first adventure in the woods, he will meet Bear, a huge animal, who will become his best friend the day Antonino saves him from a trap Bear has fallen into. In order to save him,...[more]
This beautiful title counts more than 20 modern tales and fables, that have the bite and surprises of more famous ones like those of the Grimm brothers. Short and concise, each tale is around 2 page long with an additional page of illustrations.
“Dad comes and goes. Like day and night”. Dad is never home, but when he is he tells his son fantastic tales, all contained in the tattoos drawn all over his body. These are tales of adventure, where dad has to fight against a two-tailed tiger, gigantic birds, never ending anacondas, hungry spiders....[more]
Monyet the monkey and his friend, Kanchil the mouse deer, plant a garden and look forward to the fruit. When they are finally ripe and ready, Monyet climbs up the trees to pick them. But once he is up there, Monyet begins to eat the fruit all by himself… This re-telling of an Indonesian trickster tale...[more]
This stunning number book for young children has art by Durga Bai, a brilliant woman tribal artist from the Gond tradition of central India. The absurdly charming tale in rhyme can be read out aloud, as children hunt for the improbable number of animals who clamber aboard an ever-expanding tree.
Anything but a Grabooberry captures the fantasy of a children nonsense verse. It uses typography in a radical and exciting way-as illustrations. Letters and Words take the form of images, so that the child deciphers words like puzzles. Received a special mention in the White Ravens Catalogue 2000.
In this quirky world of alphabets, there is no end to the strange things animals get up to. Baby Buffaloes Blow Big Blue Bubbles, Fat Fish Frighten Funny Frogs and Wet Wolves Walk With Weeping Walruses. Designed for children who have begun to read and recognise words, these curious and happy scenes come...[more]
Five men are out walking on a moonless night, when suddenly they bump into something. Each of them sees something different, yet each is convinced that he is right. How is that possible? And what could this thing be? In the Dark is a tale of wisdom for all ages. This witty and unique version of a traditional...[more]
Trash! is a unique combination of fiction and fact. Based on the real life experiences of ragpicker children, it tells the story of Velu, a runaway village child. He ends up as a ragpicker in a big city and must face the harsh realities of life on the streets. The story is accompanied by facts and arguments...[more]