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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 2023

The vibrant world of children's and young adult media was at the focus of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022: Paul Maar reads from his new book "Das Sams und die große Weihnachtssuche" (English: The Sams and the Big Christmas Search), author Katja Brandis presented “Woodwalkers” and bestselling author Gina Mayer was part of the kids’ programme of BOOKFEST city. Further highlights were our big Oetinger children’s treasure hunt at the fair and our TikTok Stage on the Sunday of the fair. 

These authors were present at the Frankfurt Kids Festival

These were the festival highlights of 2022

Congress Center Event Forum – Room Illusion

The Future is female - women in science-fiction

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Speaker: Theresa Hannig, Author
and 2 more speakers

Successful selfpublishing in fantasy and other genres

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Speaker: Marah Woolf, German writer
and 2 more speakers

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

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Speaker: Mario Schenk , Author
and 6 more speakers

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

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Speaker: Matthias Teut, Author
and 2 more speakers

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

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

Climate crisis in literature - past, present and future

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Speaker: Stefan Cernohuby, Editor
and 2 more speakers

Spanish and South-American Fantasy

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Speaker: Jesús Cañadas, Author
and 2 more speakers

Frankfurt Studio

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2022 - Bart Moeyaert in conversation with Christine Knödler

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Speaker: Bart Moeyaert
and one more speaker

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

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Speaker: Axel Scheffler
and one more speaker

Congress Center Event Forum - Room Spektrum

Live Event with Ute Krause and The Muscleteers

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Speaker: Ute Krause, Writer, illustrator, screenplay writer and director

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

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

Paul Maar reads "Das Sams und die große Weihnachtssuche"

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Speaker: Paul Maar

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

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

Dr. Florian Huber and his WAS IST WAS volume Lost Treasures

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Speaker: Florian Huber, Underwater archaeologist and research diver

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

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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

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Speaker: Julia Regett, Autorin
and one more speaker

Congress Center Event Forum - Room Conclusio

Book signing with Ute Krause

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Speaker: Ute Krause, Writer, illustrator, screenplay writer and director

Book signing with Daniela Kohl and Alice Pantermüller

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

Book signing with Paul Maar

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Speaker: Paul Maar

Book signing withTatjana Kiel

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Speaker: Tatjana Kiel

Book signing with Ruth Rahlff

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Speaker: Ruth Rahlff, Editor and freelance writer
Magellan Verlag

Book signing with Suza Kolb

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Speaker: Suza Kolb, Author
Magellan

Book signing with Julia Regett

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Speaker: Julia Regett, Autorin

Congress Center Event Forum - Room Illusion

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

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Speaker: Nikola Hotel, Author
and 2 more speakers

BOOKFEST city - Struwwelpeter Museum

Stefanie Taschinski reads from "The Brilliant Mr Chalkwhite"

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Speaker: Calle Claus
and one more speaker

Kirsten Boie reads "Gangster müssen clever sein"

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Speaker: Kirsten Boie

Frankfurt Pavilion

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

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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.

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Speaker: Andreas Götz, Author
and 2 more speakers

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

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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!

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Speaker: Silke Schellhammer, Author
Carlsen Verlag

One, two, three … a LOT!

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Speaker: Charlotte Habersack, Author
Carlsen Verlag

Musical reading "The Rainbow Fish" with Marcus Pfister and Detlev Jöcker

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

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

Unforgettable moments

Oetinger treasure hunt

Rumpel has hidden treasures all over the fairgrounds. Too bad he can't remember where they are. t the Oetinger scavenger hunt, our young visitors were able to help Rumpel find it. Using the app, they immersed themselves in the exciting history of the KoboldKroniken. Clearly: great fun!

Our signing tents at the heart of the fair

Here, our visitors experienced their favorite authors up close and had their books signed: In our signing tents on the Agora, they met their stars and got selfies or autographs together.

21 October 2022, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Fantasy Friday

The Friday of the fair was all about the latest fantasy literature: fantastic worlds, magical moments at the fantasy slam and the bestselling authors Marah Woolf and Solomonica de Winter - and much more.

Friday, 21 October 2022, 5.30–7.30 pm

Presentation of the German Youth Literature Award 2022

The visitors experienced the announcement of the winners of the German Youth Literature Prize live on site. Federal Youth Minister Lisa Paus awarded the prizes in the categories of picture books, children's books, youth books and non-fiction, the prize of the youth jury and the special prizes for illustration "Complete Work" and "New Talents".

3 times "TikTok Stage" lettering

TikTok Stage

For the first time ever on the Sunday of the fair, the Agora stage became our official TikTok stage – bringing together the international #BookTok community. Popular creators on the social media platform TikTok gave workshops and talked to authors and publishers. In the #BookTok Creation Corner, #BookTok creators recorded their own videos and streamed 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

At BOOKFEST city, the whole of Frankfurt became a stage - with numerous program highlights for young readers. A highlight was the Struwwelpeter Museum with readings by Stefanie Taschinski ("The Brilliant Herr Kreideweiß") and Christian Duda ("Tree Sleeper"). In addition, bestselling author Gina Mayer invited visitors to "The School for Day and Night Magic".

In the Gallus Theater, "Escape Room" author Eva Eich invited you to the "Hotel of a Thousand Eyes": Here the guests experienced an interactive escape room adventure.

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.

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Interview series with children's book authors

  • Diane Kruger

    News

    "I usually stand in a bookstore and read 10-15 children's books."

    In her first children's book, actress ("Troja", "Inglourious Basterds") and mother Diane Kruger tells an enchanting story about the power of names on children’s identity and how the meaning of her own name gave her confidence as young girl.