Tiny books from Baltic authors

In 2021-2022 three organizations from the Baltic states: the reading promotion program “Children’s World”, initiated by a non-governmental Lithuanian organization Centre for School Improvement (lead partner), the Latvian Children and Youth Literature Council (IBBY Latvia), and the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre – are implementing an international project “Diversity and Human Rights Literature for Children from Baltic Authors”.

The aim of the project is to encourage creative cooperation between Baltic children’s literature creators and to promote and disseminate professional Baltic children’s literature in the world. During the project, the creators will closely collaborate with each other to co-author 18 tiny books on diversity and human rights topics, which will reach children from a variety of countries worldwide.

The format of the tiny books is a short (up to 120 words) illustrated story presented on a foldable A4 sheet of paper that any child can download to their computers, free of charge, print out at home or school, and fold into their own tiny book. Tiny books are easy to translate and disseminate, download and print, but require a lot of creative effort and cooperation between writer and illustrator to produce a highquality short work of literature. It can convey European and Baltic states values about important topics, and is easily adaptable for workshops and educational activities at any school, preschool, or household.

The collection of tiny books will be accompanied by methodologies on how to discuss various human rights topics with children of the target age group; and on creative uses of tiny books in a classroom or at home – including guidance on how to create their own short, illustrated stories. This methodology will be produced by professional children’s psychologists, children’s literature critics, and reading promotion specialists.

We hope that this project will not only increase the world literary community’s attention on our own respective cultures, but will also open the gates for more translations of children’s literature from the Baltic languages.

This project will have a strong marketing campaign, which includes a physical (or, in the case of the pandemic, virtual) project presentation at the biggest children’s literature fairs in Europe (for example: Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, etc.), smaller virtual events in the Baltic states, publications in international news media and literary journals, as well as online channels.

The project is non-profit, and the tiny books will be accessible to everyone free of charge.

Open call for creators was announced on May 27 and is open until June 13, 2021. You can find more information here.

The project is supported by the Baltic Culture Fund.

Partners: The Lithuanian Culture Institute, Latvian Literature, Lithuanian Section of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Center for Child Psychology (Lithuania)

Lithuania – Justinas Vancevičius labas@vaikuzeme.lt
Latvia – Silvija Tretjakova Silvija.Tretjakova@lnb.lv
Estonia – Ulla Saar ulla.saar@elk.ee