English Key Facts on Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur (AKJ)

The Association for Children's and Youth Literature is an umbrella organization founded in 1955. Currently, it has 53 organizations from the field of libraries, research, education and publishing as members, as well as 240 individual members. It is supported financially by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. As a nationwide lobby it promotes children’s literature and the literary education of young people.
 
The business office is located in Munich and provides support to the honorary board members who are elected every three years by the member's meeting. Since its founding, the Association for Children's and Youth Literature has been the German Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
 
In its quarterly journal "JuLit" and other publications the Association for Children's and Youth Literature provides orientation as well as valuable selection and evaluation aids for the wide market of children's and youth literature. It organizes national and international workshops and conferences to encourage interaction among those working on a daily basis in the field of children's and youth literature. Furthermore, it supports reading promotion projects and programmes for authors and translators.
 

German Children's Literature Award - Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis

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Poster for the award 2019 by Oyvind Torseter

The Association for Children's and Youth Literature is responsible for awarding the German Children's Literature Award (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis), which is a state-sponsored prize endowed with a total of 72,000 Euros and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The prize is intended to encourage the development of children’s and young adult literature, to arouse and maintain public interest and to stimulate discussions in this field of literature. The goal of the award is to strengthen children and young adults in their personal development and to offer guidance to the vast German book market.

The German Children's Literature Award is awarded by a jury of literature specialists and critics in four categories: Picture Book, Children's Book, Young Adult Book and Non-Fiction. In addition, since 2003 an independent young adult jury gives its own award. Each category carries a value of 10,000 Euro.

Furthermore, two Special Awards are presented alternately to German authors, illustrators or translators. The Special Award for Lifetime Achievement is set at 12,000 Euro. The Special Award for New Talents carries a value of 10,000 Euro. Both are also financed by the Federal Ministry.

The prize announcement and ceremony for all these awards takes place in October at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
 

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