About Us

No. 15 (September 2015) Contents & Summaries of some articles

Contents

Frontispiece
Foreword Takehiko Sato 1
Research reports
What's happening with children's books in Spain? Kazumi Uno 3
Children's books in Peru Yumi Hoshino 16
Reports of official trip abroad: children's books in the Middle East and Central Asia Naoki Yamamoto 26
Highlights
Support Plan for the Promotion of Children's Reading Activities 2015 International Library of Children's Literature 33
Lecture: My way of writing - youths today in the "old" Berlin Planning and Cooperation Division 36
Kaleidoscope of life in history as written by Klaus Kordon Shinichi Sakayori 39
German children and Klaus Kordon Marei Mentlein 45
The Cooperation Forum on Children's Reading in FY2014 Children's Services Division 49
Digital exhibition "Teenagers' encyclopedia of the history of Japan during the late Edo and Meiji periods" now available Children's Services Division 53
Introduction to useful databases for searching children's books Resources and Information Division 54
International exchange
The 80th IFLA General Conference Hatsuki Nishio 59
The 34th IBBY World Congress Takehiko Sato 63
Children's services of public libraries in Italy Naoko Nakajima 65
The list of events and activities ; April,2014-March,2015 71
ILCL activity report 72
ILCL in figures 85
ILCL user guide 88

Summaries of some articles

Series: what's happening with children's books in Spain?

By Kazumi Uno

In this article, translator Kazumi Uno describes the history and culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin-American countries, and Spanish children's literature, which has developed in the social background of each country. The author presents an overview of Spanish children's literature in the first and second half of the 20th century and the new trend of the 21st century, revealing its uniqueness.

Children's books in Peru

By Yumi Hoshino

In this article, translator Yumi Hoshino shows the characteristics of Peruvian children's books, the situation of publication, and leading authors and illustrators, as well as children's book and picture book publication in the 21st century, children's book awards and book fairs.

Reports of official trip abroad: children's books in the Middle East and Central Asia

By Naoki Yamamoto

In March 2015, ILCL staff member Naoki Yamamoto visited Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan to survey children's book publication. He reports on his visits to a book fair, libraries and book stores in those countries.

Support Plan for the Promotion of Children's Reading Activities 2015

By International Library of Children's Literature

The International Library of the Children's Literature settled on the "Support Plan for the Promotion of Children's Reading Activities 2015," following the Plan 2010. This report describes its aim of promoting cooperation and collaboration with people connected with children's library services.

Kaleidoscope of life in history as written by Klaus Kordon

By Shinichi Sakayori

On November 29th and 30th, 2014, the lectures of Klaus Kordon, German children's author, were held in the International Library of Children's Literature in Tokyo and the Osaka Prefectural Central Library. In this article, Shinichi Sakayori, who served as the interpreter and introduced Kordon's works at the events, focuses on the character of Kordon's "Berlin" trilogy, which depicts a German working class family from the children's point of view from the end of the First World War to the end of the Second World War, and explores Kordon's motive for writing historical novels.

German children and Klaus Kordon

By Marei Mentlein

In Kordon's lectures on November 29th and 30th, 2014, Marei Mentlein also served as an interpreter. In this article, she reveals the reason why Kordon's novels have been read by many German children despite their length and the difficult themes, referring to her own childhood experiences of reading his books.

Children's services of public libraries in Italy

By Naoko Nakajima

In March 2015, ILCL staff member Naoko Nakajima visited Italy. She reports on children's services of the Biblioteca Saraborsa Ragazzi in Bologna and Biblioteca delle Oblate in Firenze.