Kitty Crowther Goes to Germany

During the Award Week we made a quick stop at the International Youth Library, a magical book castle in Münich. The IJB is the largest children’s library in the world, founded by the visionary woman Jella Leppman, who also founded IBBY. One of the library’s supporters was Astrid Lindgren, who was an honorary member and visited the library twice. 

In her opening speech at the event on Wednesday, the Director Dr. Christiane Raabe reminded the audience of this connection between the library and Astrid Lindgren, who shared Jella Leppman’s vision. She was also proud to have showcased the work of Kitty Crowther at the library already two years ago, in the exhibition Carrousel de la Fantasie. 
Also speaking was Jeanne-Pierre Roland from Wallonie-Bruxelles-International. He explained how the Belgian government actively supports illustrators, for example by financing illustrators’ journeys to visit Bologna International Book Fair. 
The personal laudation was held by Judith Drews, illustrator and representative of IO, the nominating body which nominated Kitty Crowther to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Apart from presenting the work of Kitty Crowther from the perspective of a fellow illustrator, she also gave Kitty Crowther another gift: personally illustrated greetings from all German illustrators nominated to the award this year! Participating were this year’s HC Andersen Award winner Jutta Bauer, Axel Scheffler, Wolf Erlbruch, Nicholas Heidelbach, and Aljoscha Blau. We are hoping to be able to show these amazing illustrations soon on our website!  
Finally, Kitty Crowther gave a brilliant personal insight into her world of illustration, after which we enjoyed having a drink by the lake of Schloss Blutenburg watching the massive thunder and lightning. Pictures below:

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