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Frankfurt Kids Festival

Discover the highlights of our programme for young book fans and future readers.

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Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022

The vibrant world of children's and young adult media is at the focus of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022. Be there when Paul Maar reads from his new book "Das Sams und die große Weihnachtssuche" (English: The Sams and the Big Christmas Search). Join youth author Katja Brandis on a journey through the world of her “Woodwalkers”. Experience bestselling author Gina Mayer live in the kids’ programme of BOOKFEST city. Take part in our big Oetinger children’s treasure hunt at the fair. Or network with the #BookTok community at our TikTok Stage on the Sunday of the fair. These and many other highlights await! Discover the complete programme for young readers now – with special offers for every age group.

Highlight authors at the Frankfurt Kids Festival

Programme highlights at a glance

Congress Center Event Forum – Room Illusion

Successful selfpublishing in fantasy and other genres

Live now DE
Speaker: Marah Woolf, German writer
and 2 more speakers

Fantasy-Slam: ultra-short fantasy and science-fiction readings

Live now DE
Speaker: Mario Schenk , Author
and 6 more speakers

The scholarship of the Phantastik-Autoren-Netzwerk (PAN) e.V. in 2022

Live now DE
Speaker: Matthias Teut, Author
and 2 more speakers

Solomonica de Winter presents her new novel "Das Gesetz der Natur"

Live now DE
Speaker: Solomonica de Winter, Author
Diogenes Verlag
and 2 more speakers

Climate crisis in literature - past, present and future

Live now DE
Speaker: Stefan Cernohuby, Editor
and 2 more speakers

Spanish and South-American Fantasy

Live now EN
Speaker: Jesús Cañadas, Author
and 2 more speakers

Frankfurt Studio

Axel Scheffler live! The Baddies: Reading, Presentation & Talk with Katrin Hörnlein

Live now DE

Congress Center Event Forum - Room Spektrum

Live Event with Ute Krause and The Muscleteers

Live now DE
Speaker: Ute Krause, Writer, illustrator, screenplay writer and director

"My Life as LOTTA" meets "Florentine Blix": Alice Pantermüller and Daniela Kohl read and draw

Live now DE
Speaker: Alice Pantermüller , Children's author
and one more speaker

Paul Maar reads "Das Sams und die große Weihnachtssuche"

Live now DE
Speaker: Paul Maar

Strengthening willpower: Children's show on "Wil, der Wolkenstürmer" by Wladimir Klitschko & Tatjana Kiel

Live now DE
Speaker: Carmen Udina, Publishing Director migo
Verlag Friedrich Oetinger GmbH
and one more speaker

A Children's Book Podcast Live on Stage. Lena Stenz in conversation with Ruth Rahlff and Suza Kolb.

Live now DE
Speaker: Ruth Rahlff, Editor and freelance writer
Magellan Verlag
and 2 more speakers

"Kick up a Fuss, Nate Knottopus": Reading and Live Illustration with Julia Regett

Live now DE
Speaker: Julia Regett, Autorin
and one more speaker

Congress Center Event Forum - Room Conclusio

Book signing with Ute Krause

Live now DE
Speaker: Ute Krause, Writer, illustrator, screenplay writer and director

Book signing with Daniela Kohl and Alice Pantermüller

Live now DE
Speaker: Daniela Kohl, Freelance illustrator and graphic designer
and one more speaker

Book signing with Paul Maar

Live now DE
Speaker: Paul Maar

Book signing withTatjana Kiel

Live now DE
Speaker: Tatjana Kiel

Book signing with Ruth Rahlff

Live now DE
Speaker: Ruth Rahlff, Editor and freelance writer
Magellan Verlag

Book signing with Suza Kolb

Live now DE
Speaker: Suza Kolb, Author
Magellan

Book signing with Julia Regett

Live now DE
Speaker: Julia Regett, Autorin

Congress Center Event Forum - Room Illusion

KYSS-Book signing with Nikola Hotel, Anya Omah and Kira Mohn

Live now DE
Speaker: Nikola Hotel, Author
and 2 more speakers

Crimethrill Live - 6 top authors under cross-examination

Live now DE
Speaker: Arno Strobel, Author
and 6 more speakers

The great signing marathon

Live now DE
Speaker: Ursula Poznanski, Author
and 6 more speakers

BOOKFEST city - Struwwelpeter Museum

Stefanie Taschinski reads from "The Brilliant Mr Chalkwhite"

Live now DE
Speaker: Stefanie Taschinski, Author
Arena Verlag
and one more speaker

Christian Duda: "Tree Sleeper". Reading and Talk with Stephanie von Selchow.

Live now DE
Speaker: Christian Duda, Author and director
Beltz& Gelberg/Publishing House

BOOKFEST city - Gallus Theater Frankfurt

Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis - German Children's Literature Award - The winners 2022

Live now DE EN
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Karin Vach, Chairwoman of the Critics' Jury for the German Youth Literature Prize

"Escape Room - The Hotel of a Thousand Eyes" - bestselling author Eva Eich invites you to an interactive Escape Room adventure

Live now DE
Speaker: Eva Eich, Author and journalist
arsEdition GmbH

Frankfurt Studio

Multimedia reading of Die drei ??? Graphic Novel „Der Goldene Salamander“ with Christopher Tauber and Calle Claus

Live now DE

Kirsten Boie reads "Gangster müssen clever sein"

Live now DE
Speaker: Kirsten Boie

Frankfurt Pavilion

Reading of "Die Nordseedetektive. Gefährliche Spur" by and with Bettina Göschl and Klaus-Peter Wolf

Live now DE
Speaker: Klaus-Peter Wolf & Bettina Göschl, Author couple

"Karlchen" - A childhood adventure by and with Lisa-Marie Dickreiter and Andreas Götz for the whole family.

Live now DE
Speaker: Andreas Götz, Author
and 2 more speakers

The "Woodwalkers" are back! Reading and Talk with Katja Brandis

Live now DE
Speaker: Katja Brandis, Author
Arena Verlag

Welcome to the SCHOOL OF TALENTS! Volume four takes you to the school festival at a snail's pace!

Live now DE
Speaker: Silke Schellhammer, Author
Carlsen Verlag

Stefanie Höfler "Firebugs don't lie". Reading and Talk with Benno Hennig von Lange

Live now DE
Speaker: Stefanie Höfler, Author, teacher and theatre pedagogue
Beltz & Gelberg
and one more speaker

Frankfurt Studio

"Beyond the Gender Binary" – Alok Vaid-Menon in conversation about gender

Live now

Unforgettable moments

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022

Our signing tents at the heart of the fair

Experience your favourite authors up close as they sign their books. In our signing tents at the Agora, young readers can meet their idols, take selfies together and get autographs.

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Unsere Signierzelte im Herzen der Messe

Erleben Sie Ihre Lieblingsautor*innen hautnah und lassen sich deren Bücher signieren: In unseren Signierzelten auf der Agora treffen junge Leser*innen ihre Stars und ergattern gemeinsame Selfies oder Autogramme.

Deutsche Cosplaymeisterschaft auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Nach zwei Jahren Pause findet die Deutsche Cosplaymeisterschaft wieder auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse statt. Die Teilnehmer*innen kommen aus dem ganzen Land und dem Ausland, um zum 14. Mal das Finale auf der größten Content-Messe der Welt zu feiern.

3 times "TikTok Stage" lettering

TikTok Stage

Look forward to a 2022 premiere. For the first time ever on the Sunday of the fair, the Agora stage will become our official TikTok stage – bringing together the international #BookTok community. From 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, popular creators on the social media platform TikTok will take over the stage, give workshops and talk to authors and publishers. In the #BookTok Creation Corner, #BookTok creators will record their own videos and stream them live from the fair, sharing their impressions with their community and book fans all over the world.

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BOOKFEST city for kids

All of Frankfurt becomes a stage during BOOKFEST city, with numerous programme highlights for young readers. For instance, at the Struwwelpeter Museum you can catch readings by Stefanie Taschinski (“Der geniale Herr Kreideweiß”, English: “The Ingenious Mr. Chalk White”) and Christian Duda (“Baumschläfer”, English: “Tree Sleeper”). Or meet with the bestselling author Gina Mayer (“Die Schule für Tag- und Nachtmagie”, English: “The School for Day and Night Magic”).

In Gallus Theater, escape room author Eva Eich invites you to the “Hotel of 1,000 Eyes”. Dive into this interactive escape room adventure with her.

Struwwelpeter Museum
Peter Maffay

The Bonnier pop-up event stage

Four children’s books publishers – one stage. For the first time, publishers Carlsen Verlag, arsEdition, Thienemann-Esslinger and Hörbuch Hamburg will share a common pop-up event stage (Hall 3.0 G 103). Experience live appearances by pop star and “Tabaluga” singer Peter Maffay. Meet children’s books heroes like the Robber Hotzenplotz, Conni or Bumblebee Bommel. Or come to readings and talks with Elise Kova, Anna Woltz, Marie Pavlenko and many other international authors of children’s and young adult books.

Everything you need for your visit to the fair

Frankfurter Buchmesse app

The whole fair in the palm of your hand: with all events and exhibitors including favorites list, personal calendar with reminder function and more.

Protecting your health

Also this year, we will continue to ensure your safety with various measures and recommendations. Of course, we will flexibly adapt our concept to the developments in autumn. Get an overview here.

Hall plan

The whole fair at a glance: our Hall Plan is your map and guide to help you navigate the colourful diversity of Frankfurter Buchmesse again this year.

Calendar of Events

The Calendar of Events of Frankfurter Buchmesse has all the events for children's and young adult media, toys and games.

Be a part of it

Come to the children’s and young adult media highlight of the year – with engaging live events and lots of exciting surprises for every age group.