The “Nuts, Figures and Pawns” Exhibition

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Kurema_Suured kaksikud 001The “Nuts, Figures and Pawns” exhibition presents illustrations and artist’s books by the graphic designer and illustrator Kadi Kurema and bookbinder Külli Grünbach-Sein. It is open from the 5th January until the 27th February 2016 in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. 

The artists were inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland. Kadi Kurema participated in the international illustration exhibition “It’s Always Tea Time” with a series about Alice. Külli Grünbach-Sein’s wish was to bind the artist’s books in leather. They also added some more good old fairy-tales and Alide Dahlberg’s Uncle Mole’s Party to the show.

Since 1998, Kadi Kurema and Külli Grünbach-Sein have worked together on several artist’s books which have also received international recognition. They have repeatedly taken part in the International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius and were awarded the bronze medal at the international hand-made children’s books competition in Oshima, Japan, in 2012.

Additional information:
Viive Noor, Art Curator of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre,, (+372) 5557 9930

Kertu Sillaste Won The Raisin of the Year Award

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rsz_kertusillaste1-206x300On the 4th December 2015, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre announced the winner of The Raisin of The Year for the most extraordinary children`s book of 2015. The jury, which consists of Estonian Children’s Literature Centre’s employees, chose Kertu Sillaste’s book Ei ole nii! (“It’s not like that!“, Päike ja Pilv, 2015).

„Ei ole nii!“ is a story about a little rabbit who overcomes its fears and becomes braver and braver. By the time winter turns into summer, it has already learned great words of wisdom: “Rabbits always make it!” The jury appreciated the wonderful illustrations of Sillaste’s book as well as the simple, but to-the-point writing. The author received one kilo of raisins in addition to a monetary money.

The Raisin of the Year Award has been given out every year since 2004. It is meant to give recognition for a children’s book that has been published in the previous year and stands out as a whole, or is extraordinary because of its text or illustrations.

Further information:
Triin Soone, Director of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre,, (+372) 617 7230

Christmas Exhibition by Finnish Naivists

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Soome-naivistide-joulunaitus-klkThe Christmas exhibition “Made with heart – light and joy!” opened in The Estonian Children’s Literature Centre from the 30th November until the 30th December 2015.

Twenty leading Finnish naivists participate in the exhibition, among them Kia-Maria Aho, Kaarina Alsta, Petra Heikkilä, Aimo Katajainen and Kikka Nyrèn. It is the third joint exhibition of Finnish naivists this year and the biggest that takes place outside Finland.

Naivism is an individual art, at the centre of which are emotions and the “little person’s” point of view. The works are generally quite small, composition schematic or free, perspective is ignored, colours are bright. The surrounding environment is depicted as an ideal and dreamlike landscape. Naivist works can often be characterised by elemental power as well as a reverent and lyrical approach. They also frequently contain everyday meetings, people and animals. Many naivists approach the subject sincerely and sensitively, often with a note of sadness.

The Finnish Naivist Association was founded in 2002. The goal of the association is to share information about naivism as a genre of art and naivist artists in Finland and abroad.

Additional information:
Marja-Muusa Hämäläinen, Chairman of the Finnish Naivist Association,, (+358) 40 700 6925
Viive Noor, Art Curator of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre,, (+372) 5557 9930

IBBY Estonia Awarded the Tower of Babel Honour Diploma

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parim-laste-ja-noortekirjanduse-tolketeos-on-r-rowelli-eleanor-parkIn November 2015, IBBY Estonia awarded the Tower of Babel Honour Diploma, a diploma that is given to a foreign author for an outstanding children’s book, published in a foreign language and translated into Estonian. The award went to Rainbow Rowell for Eleanor & Park (Eleanor & Park), the translator René Tendermann and the publishing house Pegasus. The aim of the award is to encourage the translation of outstanding foreign children’s books into Estonian.

In September, Estonian nominees for the IBBY Honor List 2016 were announced. These are the author Juhani Püttsepp for his book Gibraltari Laevakoerte Ühing (Gibraltar’s Ship’s Dogs Society), the illustrator Anne Linnamägi for Triin Soomets’ Unerong (The Dream Train) and translator Kadri Jaanits for Salla Simukka’s Punane nagu veri (As Red as Blood). The nominees will be awarded with diplomas in August 2016 during the IBBY Congress at Auckland, New Zealand.

In 2015, IBBY Estonia has also nominated Estonian authors and illustrators for two significant international awards.

Our candidate for the H. C. Andersen Award 2016 is the author Piret Raud. Piret Raud (b. 1971) is one of the most outstanding authors of modern Estonian children’s literature, both in terms of diversity and recognition. She is also an illustrator and has illustrated her own books.

For the Astrid Lingren Memoral Award 2016, IBBY Estonia nominated our beloved author Andrus Kivirähk and outstanding illustrator Regina Lukk-Toompere.

The winners for both of these awards will be announced in April 2016 during the Bologna Bookfair.

Winners of the Competition Põlvepikuraamat

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polvepiku-logo-2On the 11th November 2015 winners of the The Knee-High Book Competition (Põlvepikuraamatu konkurss) were announced. During the awarding ceremony in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, the jury decided to announce three winners and three special prizes.

Winning Works: Helle Kirss and Piret Bergmann for the manuscript Tähtsad täpid, Kertu Sillaste for the manuscript Astrid ja Ott, Piret Mildeberg for the manuscript Notsu ja nälg.

Special Prizes: Regina Lukk-Toompere for the illustrations of the manuscript Kasside salajane pagaritöökoda seina sees Tallinnas, Kadri Kiho and Katre Eesmaa for the manuscript Kevadet otsimas, and Kristi Kangilaski for the illustrations of the manuscript Sa oled alati hoitud.

The organisers of the competition that has been held since 2006 are the publishing house Päike ja Pilv, the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre and the Ministry of Culture. The aim of the competition is to enrich reading material for small children with new Estonian picture books that guarantee quality. The winning works are published by Päike ja Pilv.

More information: Katrin Reinmaa, Publishing house Päike ja Pilv, (+372) 51 310 05,
Jaanika Palm, Estonian Children`s Literature Centre, (+372) 53 436 586,

Exhibition of Estonian Illustrators in Matera, Italy

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exhibition-of-estonian-illustrators-in-matera-italyThe exhibition of Estonian children’s books “Once Upon A Time…”, which has been moving around in Italy since May 2015 has reached the city of Matera, which is the European Capital of Culture 2019.

In Matera the exhibition will be shown in Casa Cava from the 6th until the 17th November. The exhibition is organised by the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre and by the Society of Estonians in Italy (Itaalia Eesti Selts) and financed by the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the Estonian Graphic Designers Association.

Additional information: Viive Noor, Estonian Children`s Literature Centre, (+372) 55 579 930
Ülle Toode, Society of Estonians in Italy, (+39) 33 512 685 74

The French Cultural Festival at the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre

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Isabelle BonameauOn the 5th November at 11am an Estonian-French book-hour is held in the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre as part of the French cultural Festival Accord.

During the book-hour, the Estonian writer Kairi Look reads stories while the French illustrator Isabelle Bonameu creates new illustrations. The French cultural festival Accord takes place from the 14th October to the 12th November. The festival is organised by the French Institute of Estonia.

More information: Emilie Toomela, Communications Manager, French Institute of Estonia
+ 372 58 145 058,

Every Estonian New-born receives a Gift Book

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Pisike puuThe book Pisike puu, which means A Small Tree in Estonian, is meant as a present for babies born in Estonia 2015 and onwards.

The aim of the book is to support children`s interest in reading and to value Estonian children`s literature. The book has been compiled by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and was financed by the Estonian Ministry of Culture. The first books were handed over to the babies and their parents in Viljandi on the 26th October by the Minister of Culture Indrek Saar.

More information:
Kai-Ines Nelson, Adviser of the Communication Department, Ministry of Culture
+372 55 689 644,

Estonian Books Chosen for The White Ravens Catalogue

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WR2015_logo_englThe books include Tiu and the Dove (Tuvi ei taha saia) by Kristi Kangilaski and Big Toell (Suur Tõll) by Andrus Kivirähk.

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.

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


International Exhibition “It’s Always Tea-time”

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Muzikante-GundegaThe exhibition is inspired by the book Alice in Wonderland and celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Seventy-two artists from 19 countries participate, perhaps the most exotic among them being Iran and Israel.

Curator Viive Noor: ‘Most of these artists are among the world’s best illustrators and their works have not previously been displayed, not only in Estonia, but in the entire Baltic Sea region. It is likely that the works of many will not reach these parts soon again, so if you want to find out what is happening in the great world and what the artists of far away countries are working on, the exhibition is your chance to come and see for yourself. These are original illustrations that are always worth taking a look at. Besides that, all the works have been made especially for this exhibition, so you will never see these images in books.’

The exhibition will be open from the 2nd October until the 28th November in the illustration gallery of the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre. An exhibition about puppets is shown in the fairytale attic of the Centre. In December, the exhibition will start travelling around the world, first to the Latvian National Library and afterwards to Finland, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Russia and Italy.

Additional information: Viive Noor, Curator of the Exhibition, The Estonian Children`s Literature Centre, +372 55 579 930,