About „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 closely collaborated 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 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 is accompanied by presentation of their creators, questions for discussions about the tiny books with children, as well as guidlines on creative uses of tiny books in a classroom or at home – including guidance on how to create their own short, illustrated stories. These accompanying materials were produced by professional children’s psychologists, children’s literature critics, and reading promotion specialists.

The project is non-profit, and the tiny books will be accessible to everyone free of charge. You can download all materials in 10 languages at www.tinybooks.eu

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