White Ravens

Each year the language specialists (Lektoren) at the International Youth Library (IYL), in Munich, Germany, select newly published books from around the world that they consider to be especially noteworthy. This list of books is compiled into the annual White Ravens Catalogue, which is introduced each year at the Bologna (Italy) Children's Book Fair. The White Ravens Online Catalogue, which includes all titles from 1993 through 2007, was created by ICDL researchers in collaboration with the IYL and is available on the ICDL web site with the permission of the International Youth Library.

The White Raven label is given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design. The titles are drawn from the books that the IYL receives as review or donation copies from publishers and organizations around the world. The White Ravens Online Catalogue currently includes:

3557 books
from 84 countries
in 60 languages

The Catalogue can be searched by keyword, or browsed by year, country, language, or Special Category, which include:

  • Special mention
    Books to which the IYL's Lektoren wish to draw particular attention
  • International understanding (☆)
    Books whose content is found to contribute to an international understanding among cultures and people. In this way we remind ourselves and our readers of the working maxim under which Jella Lepman founded the International Youth Library and which, in these times, is still of utmost concern.
  • Easily understandable (☼)
    Books whose text is judged to be easily understandable, i.e. easy-to-read texts, and yet dealing with topics of interest to older readers. Hence these books are well-suited to foreign-language readers and for inclusion in foreign language collections of public and school libraries.
  • In ICDL
    Books available on-line in the International Children's Digital Library.