Christmas Exhibitions at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

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From November 30th 2017 until January 27th 2018 the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre presents two christmas-themed solo exhibitions: “Ludwig the Snowman’s Christmas” by Regina-Lukk Toompere and “The Story of Santa Theodor” by Urmas Viik.

Regina-Lukk Toompere (1953) graduated from the Estonian State Art Institute’s Graphic Art Department as a book designer and illustrator. She is a member of the Estonian Artists Association, the Estonian Graphic Designers Association and the Estonian Section of IBBY. Lukk-Toompere has illustrated and designed over 90 books and textbooks, as well as posters, record covers, postcards, magazines and packaging. At her solo exhibition, works from her latest books are exhibited, among others from Ludwig the Snowman’s Lucky Day (2016).

Urmas Viik (1961) graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in graphic design, and is a member of the Estonian Artists’ Union. Viik is an interdisciplinary-, graphic-, book-, installation-, and video artist, and has taught as a professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts and Tallinn University. He has illustrated and designed over 30 books, several which have been awarded at the Tallinn Illustration Triennial, and was on the 2010 IBBY Honour List. On display in this exhibition are illustrations from Viik’s comic book The Case of Santa Theodor (2016).

The Exhibition “Secret Lives” in Tel Aviv

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On Tuesday, 28th November 2017, the exhibition “Secret Lives” will open in the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

The exhibition “Secret Lives” can be considered a group exhibition, but it feels more like a number of small solo exhibitions shown under a common name. The participating artists Regina Lukk-Toompere, Viive Noor, Kadi Kurema, and Urmas Viik are all among the most renowned illustrators in Estonia and they are also internationally known names. In addition to that all four illustrators are involved in many other areas of art (painting, printmaking and photography, creating objects and miniature plastic art, and book design). Both Lukk-Toompere, Noor, Kurema, as well as Viik, have a clearly distinctive handwriting and their own little secret world – very fairy-tale like and very personal, into which the given works on display allow a brief glimpse.

The exhibition will be shown until December 17th. It is organised by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Embassy of Estonia in Tel Aviv, and by the Foreign Ministry of Estonia.


Kätlin Vainola and Ulla Saar at the Festival The Children’s Bookshow

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On November 24th at 10.30am Kätlin Vainola and Ulla Saar present their picture book Lift at the Europe House in London.

Lift is the authors’ internationally most well-known book that has been published both in German, Lithuanian and Italian. The authors will be introduced
by Nicolette Jones, children’s editor of The Sunday Times.

At 3.30pm Vainola and Saar discuss the topic “What makes a book a good candidate for translation and what are the steps needed to launch it into the world?” together with Nicolette Jones (The Sunday Times), Adam Freudenheim (publisher of Pushkin Press), Jen Shenton (manager of Waterstones, Trafalgar Square), and Emma Langley (relationship Manager at Arts Council England).

On November 25th, Vainola and Saar will host a workshop in the Estonian School in London.

The Children’s Bookshow is an annual tour of children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and abroad. The aim is to delight and inspire children with great poems, beautiful illustrations and gripping storytelling, helping teachers provide their students with a rich and exciting experience of literature and create the readers and writers of tomorrow.

See also: The Children’s Bookshow

The Opening of the Exhibition “It’s Always Tea-Time” in Budapest

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On Wednesday, 8th November 2017, the international exhibition “It’s Always Tea-Time” will open in the art gallery Deák 17 in Budapest, Hungary. 

The exhibition “It’s Always Tea-Time” is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. Seventy-two artists from 19 countries participate.

The exhibition will be shown until December 20th. From there it continues its tour around Europe, moving on to Russia and Italy.

See also: International Exhibition “It’s Always Tea-Time

Art gallery Deák 17

Additional information: Viive Noor, Estonian Children`s Literature Centre, (+372) 55 579 930


The Winner of the 5th Tallinn Illustrations Triennal is Alessia Bravo

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The Italian author Alessia Bravo was chosen as the winner of this years’ Tallinn Illustrations Triennal for his illustrations from the book La baleine du bus 29 (written by Christine Beigel). 

The jury members were Jüri Mildeberg and Juss Piho from Estonia, Gundega Muzikante and Anita Paegle from Latvia and Piotr Socha from Poland.

The jury also gave out ten diplomas to Mohammad Barrangi Fashtami (Iran), Lina Dūdaité (Lithuania), Gosia Herba (Poland), Aušra Kiudulaité (Lithuania), Anita Kreituse (Latvia), Bente Olesen Nyström (Denmark), Marianna Oklejak (Poland), Priit Pärn (Estonia), Margarita Shchetinskaia (Russia), and Pavel Tatarnikau (Belarus).

Five special diplomas were given to Urmas Viik (Estonia), Catherine Zarip (Estonia), Laura Merz (Finland), Kadi Kurema (Estonia), as well as Ana Juan (Spain).

All works can be seen at the Tallinn Illustrations Triennial exhibition „The Power of Pictures“, which is shown in the National Library of Estonian from 3rd November until 30th November 2017.

See also: The Opening of the 5th Tallinn Illustrations Triennial

Triennial’s catalogue

More information: Viive Noor, curator,

The Opening of the Tallinn Illustrations Triennial “The Power of Pictures”

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On Friday, 3rd November 2017, the 5th Tallinn Illustrations Triennial “The Power of Pictures” will open in the National Library of Estonia. The exhibition will be shown until November 30th.

More than 200 original illustrations will be shown by seventy-four artists coming from the Baltic sea region as well as, for the first time ever, from Spain, Italy, Iran, and Belarus.

At the same time, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre presents a double exhibition by Latvian illustrators Anita Paegle and Gundega Muzikante and a solo exhibition by Piotr Socha.

During the Triennal, an international jury will evaluate all participating works and choose a winner for the best illustrations. The jury members are Jüri Mildeberg and Juss Piho from Estonia, Gundega Muzikante and Anita Paegle from Latvia and Piotr Socha from Poland.

The Tallinn Illustrations Triennial is held every three years. The Triennial is organized by the National Library of Estonia, the Estonian Graphic Designers Association, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, and the Estonian Section of IBBY. Book artists from the Baltic Sea countries – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Russia, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark – participate.

See also: Triennial’s catalogue

More information: Viive Noor, curator,

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as the Market Focus at the LBF 2018

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The Baltic countries — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — have been confirmed as the Market Focus for the London Book Fair 2018 to mark a century since their independence.

The Market Focus Baltic Countries will be divided into two streams: a professional programme designed to enable and enhance business opportunities, and a series of cultural events celebrating Baltic authors and books.

The London Book Fair Market Focus programme, which is run in partnership with the British Council and the Publishers Association, offers UK and international publishers the chance to forge new business partnerships and expand into global markets.

Indrek Saar, Minister of Culture of Estonia: “The London Book Fair is a great platform for Estonian authors and publishers. Being the Market Focus in London 2018, gives Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian literature even more visibility and will hopefully act as a springboard to further advance the translation and international success of books by our authors.“

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair: “Located at the crossroads between Europe and Russia, the Baltic Countries – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – enjoy a rich and cosmopolitan literary history, complementing a fascinating contemporary cultural landscape. 2018 will be a year of celebration for these three countries as they celebrate a centenary of independence, and our Market Focus programme will be part of a wider cultural showcase. We are delighted to be working once again with our partners at the British Council and the Publishers Association, to deliver cultural and professional programmes showcasing the opportunities that the Baltic countries offer.”

The London Book Fair will take place on the 10th–12thApril 2018.

Source: The London Book Fair

Estonian Children’s Books Chosen for The White Ravens Catalogue

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The books include It’s Damn Good to Be a Bad Girl by Kätlin Kaldmaa and A Serious Thought by Jonas Taul.

The White Ravens Catalogue is put together annually by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. It consists of newly published books that deserve worldwide attention due to their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design. The catalogue is presented every year at the Book Fair in Frankfurt and at the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna the following year.

See also: International Youth Library

It’s Damn Good to Be a Bad Girl by Kätlin Kaldmaa (Varrak, 2016)
140 pp
Age: 10+

Eleven-year-old Li’s mother and father are constantly out working in the barn and on the fields of the collective farm. Since Li is the oldest child, she is responsible for keeping an eye on her younger sister Lotta and her little brother Sass. Luckily, her neighbour Taavi – the girl’s best friend – is also around. Left to their own devices, the children are always searching for things to do at home as well as in the nearby forests and meadows. Naturally, not all their adventures unfold safely. Kätlin Kaldmaa’s memoir-like children’s book is set in rural 1980s Soviet Estonia.

A Serious Thought by Jonas Taul (Draakon & Kuu, 2016)
64 pp
Age: 6+

One night when a little boy crawls into bed, he starts to have all kinds of thoughts – beautiful thoughts, admirable thoughts, dangerous thoughts, frightening thoughs, thoughts that reach far and wide and take him on a journey to find answers.

More information: Helena Koch, Foreign Relations, The Estonian Children`s Literature Centre,

NEW CATALOGUE: The Best Estonian Children’s Books of All Time

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The small, innovative country of Estonia will be celebrating its centenary in 2018, and will also be a Market Focus country at the London Book Fair for the first time ever. It goes without saying that now is the best time to take a closer look at Estonian children’s literature!

Estonia has one of the world’s highest numbers of children’s books published annually per capita. In 2016, close to 3,800 works (780 of which were children’s titles) were published in the country, which has a population of merely 1.3 million. Estonian children’s books are exceptionally rich in fantasy, and enrapture readers with their intricate characters and fascinating dilemmas. Humour, deep bonds with nature, and strong female characters make the literature globally unique. Our books are likewise aesthetically pleasing, and are illustrated by highly-awarded professional artists.

This catalogue comprises a selection of Estonian children’s literature’s crowning works. With 19 carefully-chosen books written for children and youth of all ages and interests, it is an ideal assortment for picking out just the right title.

We invite you to discover, translate, and publish the rich range of children’s literature from Estonia!


Further information:
Helena Koch, Director of Foreign Relations,

Indrek Koff at the Gothenburg Book Fair

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Indrek Koff represents Estonia at the largest book fair in Northern Europe, Gothenburg Book Fair.

Koff is on stage on Thursday, September 28 with Polish writer Pyotr Socha and Cristina Andone from Romania, discussing the relationships between children’s literature, art and music and how to develop children’s fantasy and creativity. On Friday, September 29, on the stage of the European Union National Institutes for Culture in Stockholm (EUNIC Stockholm), Koff talks with Polish and Romanian writers on how to win the attention of young people, and the role of the writer as the storyteller and the message provider.

At the Gothenburg Estonian House, Indrek Koff will meet with Estonian children living in Gothenburg who study Estonian at the local language club under the guidance of Kaja Jakobsen.

Gothenburg Book Fair takes place from September 28 to October 1, 2017.

The performance of the Estonian writer is part of the programme of the European Union National Institutes for Culture in Stockholm (EUNIC Stockholm). The visit is made possible with help from Estonian Embassy in Stockholm, Estonian Institute, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

See also: Estonian Institute

Additional information: Estonian Institute, +372 631 4355,,